Sunday, April 19, 2015

Presenting the entries in the Winnipeg Model Railroad Club's 60th anniversary model contest

    This year being our 60th anniversary year, WMRC model contest chair Morgan Turney came up with a truly novel idea for the special event - to make a model incorporating the club's 60th anniversary logo! A special logo was made by WMRC blog editor Paul Ullrich for this event, and was made into a decal by Black Cat Decals. We had so many entries for this event that we're going to split them into several different post during the week! Here are the first three:

 First place went to Morgan Turney for his hydrous-ammonia tank car.

Second place went to Morgan Turney for his Baldwin VO 1000 463 diesel locomotive.
Third place went to Suzanne Lemon for her 40' boxcar.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Valour Con is this weekend!

   Haven't had enough modelling, what with the WMRC open house, and the open houses held by the Selkirk Model Railroad Association and the Brandon Hills Model Railroad Club? Well, you're in luck! IPMS Winnipeg (that stands for International Plastic Modeller's Society) is holding their annual scale model contest, titled Valour Con 6, on April 17 and 18 at the St. James Legion, 1755 Portage Avenue. Guess what -  The admission is free!

   There will be an early registration today and a "meet and greet" from 4PM to 8PM. Registration continues tomorrow on Saturday, April 18 until noon. Awards will be presented at 4:30PM.  This year's special contest theme commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. This event has something for every modeller, whether you're a model railroader or not. A model is still a model, and we all work in plastic!

   The IMPS holds regular meetings the first Wednesday of the month through the year at the  St. James Legion. The meetings start at 7:00pm. Skill enhancing demonstrations are a prominent feature at the meetings. The club also publishes a quarterly journal and a monthly bulletin.

    For more information about this club, please go to

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Help support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Frances South, one of the WMRC's youngest members, has Juvenile Diabetes.
At our April meeting, Frances gave a presentation to the club about living with Juvenile Diabetes, and to promote the TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes. Frances is a youth ambassador for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation ( JDRF ).

"I am the 'take steps towards a cure' type”. Says Frances. "By fundraising for JDRF, I am committed to helping JDRF fund crucial research into cures, better treatments for and prevention of type 1 diabetes (T1D). What type are you? Be the putting your dollars to work type by clicking the "Support Me!" button."

To support Frances simply click here.
Please enter the name: Frances's Family & Friends, then click on Frances to support her.
There’s a great video on her page!
The TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes provides individuals touched by type 1 diabetes (T1D) the opportunity to unite with others and to raise funds for research focused on curing, treating and better preventing T1D. Over 45,000 Canadians walk, share stories, and connect across Canada and become one community with participants in six other countries.  

The TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes is being held on June 14, at the
Assiniboine Park, Lyric Theatre
Registration is at 9:00 am. The walk starts at 10:30 am
The walk length is either 5 or 7.5 km
After the walk there will be food, music and prizes!
For more information, email Vicki at or phone 204-953-4479

On April 25, the JDRF will be holding their 28th annual Starry Starry Night Gala 2015 for Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund at the RBC Convention Centre. For more information contact Dorothy Ross or 204-953-4477
If you are unable to attend and would like to make a donation, please click on: A Starry Starry Night Gala 2015