Sunday, December 03, 2023

All aboard for the Winnipeg Model Railroad Club's annual clinic carnival and holiday hot dog banquet

It's time once again for the WMRC's annual clinic carnival and holiday hot dog banquet! We have a great line-up of clinics featuring the talents of Winnipeg's top modellers, including:

  • Neil Carlton on how to build a free-mo module.
  • Larry Leavens on freight car maintenance.
  • Dwight Kjartanson on how a signal works on a real railroad using 1/8 scale turnouts points and signal masts.
  • Gino Kost on the pros and cons of garden railroading in Manitoba.
  • John Bate on everything you need to know about the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA). And what's included in your membership.  
  • Your NMRA membership cards will be available for pick-up at the December meeting.

    Of course, we will also be holding our famous annual holiday hot dog banquet. Feast on gourmet air fired hot dogs lovingly prepared by our expert tube steak chef Mark McLellan with chips, pop and donuts while attending the clinic carnival!

    The fun starts on Friday, December 8 at 7:30PM in the Tank Room at the Charleswood Legion, 6003 Roblin Boulevard. There will be no photo or model display or 50/50 draw at this meeting. The room will be open at 6:00PM, so feel free to come early and chat and help set up the room. Don't forget to bring a tin for the bin!

Sunday, November 26, 2023

Check out Neil Carleton’s brass model of a Canadian Pacific caboose

Long time WMRC member Neil Carleton submitted his model of a brass CP Rail caboose at November’s meeting. Brass models were popular in the 50’s and 60’s, and it is quite a rarity these days to see someone modelling brass. It’s much more difficult to do, and brass is not as pliable or forgiving as plastic.

Flat etched pieces of the kit were cut and trimmed, the soldered following the directions. Handrails, railings and ladders were built using brass wire and etched parts.

Neil’s model is still a work in progress. He plans to prime and paint the car, add window glazing and install no-flicker LED light modules. 


Sunday, November 19, 2023

Winnipeg Model Railroad Club mourns passing of past President Ed Mulholland

Former WMRC President Ed Mulholland passed away on November 13. Ed served two terms as President from 1990 to 1996, and was a great force in the model railroading community.  He was also responsible for getting the club into their present meeting location at the Charleswood Legion. He was also a member of the Assiniboine Valley Railway.

Ed was a retired school teacher. One of his students was WMRC member and former club librarian Bart Hasselfield, who had him as a teacher when he went to High School in Deloraine.
He built some spectacular layouts in his Charleswood home. His most memorable layout was the Cumbrian Mountain Lines, an N scale railway modelled after his childhood home of Northern England. He painstakingly modelled many structures and location which he first photographed himself on one of his many visits to his homeland. His layout was featured on CBC radio on Ron Robinson’s weekend morning show.

Ed was also a champion lawn bowler. He was along time member of the Tuxedo Lawn Bowling Club. He was their head coach, chief umpire and committee chairman. He and Brenda Frank were the Manitoba Mixed Pairs Champions, who competed of a national title at the Qualicum Beach Lawn Bowling Club in British Columbia.