Friday, October 02, 2015

WinNtrak to hold grand opening of their new clubhouse this weekend

The friendly folks at WinNtrak are holding the grand opening of their new group clubhouse this Saturday, October 3, at the Prairie Dog Central's Inkster Junction Station, just off Inkster Boulevard. Their new clubhouse is in the annex building, next to the Atco trailer on the east side of the property.  Opening ceremonies are at 11:00am, and there will be light refreshments. Free admission! All are welcome!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The 2015 Manitoba Mega Train Show was a resounding success!

A wonderful G gauge modular layout was one of the many displays featured at the 2015 Manitoba Mega Train Show.

3,000 happy people attended the Manitoba Mega Train Show last weekend, with is a record breaking number for any train show held in the city for the past 30 years! The last time any train show in Winnipeg had numbers like that was for the legendary 1983 NMRA national  convention, Railway Jamboree.

Everyone loved our new venue!  The Red River Exhibition Park building was over three times the size of our previous venue. There was over 17,000 square feet of space!

Remember last year when the entire show was kept within the perimeter of the mega-train oval of track? Well, not this time! The mega-train took up just a third of the space this year. But the space inside of the track oval was still put to good use as the "kiddie section", which included two Lionel layouts, the Lego club display, Dan Kollesavich's Morse code demonstration, the face painter, and a balloon animal creator.

There was also another loop of track within the mega-train loop which featured a steam engine just smaller than the mega train. Most of the vendors were placed in one section, and the displays and modular groups were placed in another, which worked out to everyone's satisfaction.

Vendors reported some very impressive sales as well. Gerry Shaw from the Choo Choo Shop came all the way from Chilliwack to sell Lionel trains!!

The show also had out of town displays from the Portage La Prairie model railroad club and the Moose Jaw Thunder Creek Model Railway Club. 

We have plenty of pictures to show you, but they can't fit all in one post, so we're going to stagger them throughout this week, and the next. Enjoy!

Our good friends over at WinNtrak also set up their ever popular modular layout.

Godfrey South and his son Tommy get ready to run the Kildonan Short Lines modular railway.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Manitoba Mega Train Show to be held this weekend at Red River Exhibition Park

This is the big one, folks! The big Kahuna! The biggest and the greatest train show of the year! And it's this weekend, at a new location! Yes, it's the annual Manitoba Mega Train Show at Red River Exhibition Park!

There will be 17 layouts, 9 different displays and over 40 vendors!  They're pretty close to filling up the new location! The WMRC will be there in full force, volunteering, displaying and running the Mega Train itself!

In case you haven't been there before, here's how to get there:

 At the first set of lights just west of the Perimeter turn into Assiniboia Downs. Go past the new MTS IcePlex and into the Downs parking lot.  Just as you enter, there is a building on the left in a fenced in area.  It has a sign that says Red River Exhibition Place. Manitoba Mega Train should be on the sign as well. For those coming from the West, the lights are the last ones you hit just before the perimeter. Entrance will be Gate #2.   For those coming around the North Perimeter, you can access the Downs right off the Perimeter.

The times are from 9 to 5 on both Saturday and Sunday, and there's plenty of free parking for all!