Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Having fun running trains at the Selkirk Model Railroad Association's spring open house

    WMRC President Larry Leavens took this picture of WMRC blog editor Paul Ullrich and Comics America proprietor Joe Krolik operating the O gauge layout at the Selkirk Model Railroad Association's spring open house held last weekend.
    Dennis Fitzpatrick, who was operating the layout, took a much needed break, and Paul and Joe took over - for almost two hours! Do you think they'll give those kids a chance to run the trains too?

    Unfortunately, the turnout for the event wasn't quite up to expectations. Who ever expected a snowstorm on April 12? But everybody who attended had a great time watching (and operating) the three spectacular layouts in three different gauges!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Selkirk Model Railroad Association open house to be held April 12 -13

   Our good friends at the Selkirk Model Railroad Association are holding an open house this weekend. They have their own building in Selkirk, and what they have to display has to be seen to be believed! They have four operating layouts - HO, O gauge, and two N gauge!

    The club is located at 217-B Clandeboye Avenue in downtown Selkirk. They're open this Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and on Sunday from noon to 4:00 PM. Admission is $4.00 per person. Kids under 12 are free. Ages 13 to 16 $2.00.

   Why not take a short drive north to steel town and see all of their magnificent layouts? While you're at it, why not stop at Skinner's or the Half Moon Drive-In for a snack while you're heading home?

Monday, April 07, 2014

The Gateway Western - a panoramic view

   WMRC member Ian Plett took this panoramic view of the Gateway Western with his iphone last week. There is no doubt that this layout is going to become every model railroader's dream! It's hard to believe that  just a little over a year ago the Gateway Western was nothing but a pile of lumber on top of a flat bed truck and a collection of dreams. This shows what a dedicated staff of volunteers can do when they put their hearts and minds into completing something!

   But as you can see, the Gateway is still under construction, and volunteers are still welcome to help finish the job. It's a great way to gain all sorts of experience in skills such as carpentry, wiring, track laying and landscaping. No experience is necessary! All you need is a desire to help out and learn!

    The crew meets every Tuesday evening at 7:00 PM at the Winnipeg Railway Museum, located at the second level of the Via Rail station at 123 Main Street.