Saturday, November 27, 2021

John Bate builds an adjustable track aligner for a swing gate


WMRC treasurer John Bate submitted this model to the club’s monthly model display of a three level swing gate he is building to go across the door in his train room. It is based on a article in Model Railroader Magazine written by TLR member Gerry Leone.

John says that it may get out of alignment due to house shifting or humidity changes, but this design will allow a quick adjustment of the horizontal position. Vertical alignment is assured by a simple mechanism.

He used a 6-32 bolt, nuts an washers, a small 6-32 nut removed from a 1/8” toggle bolt, a Styrene strip and PCB ties purchased from Fast Tracks at

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Dave Downie and Felix Lesiuk receive awards at Winnipeg Model Railroad Club’s September meeting.

                                 Felix Lesiuk displays his trophy of best digital prototype photo.

At the WMRC’s September meeting, the very first in-person meeting in a year, the executive was finally able to hand out a couple of awards to some very worthy recipients. This was usually done at our AGM and banquet, but the club hadn’t been able to hold this event for two years.

WMRC Program Director Dave Downie won the Peter Able Memorial Award for photo special event. Long time member Felix Lesiuk won the Nick Andrusiak Memorial Award for best digital prototype photo. Congratulations to the both of you!

                                  Dave Downie is seen holding his trophy for photo special event.

Sunday, November 14, 2021

The closing of the Winnipeg Railway Museum puts the future of the Gateway Western Railway in jeopardy

On November 5 Via Rail served notice to the Winnipeg Railway Museum that the part of Union Station they use will no longer be available. Their last day of operation will be December 31, 2021.

Via states that tracks one and two need to be brought up to safety standards. The station is undergoing extensive renovations to its exterior wall. The museum occupies 37,500 square feet in the station. Via states that they will continue to house the museum’s artifacts and they will be working with the museum to find a new home.

Union Station is a national heritage site. Heritage Canada regulations require Via to keep it in a good state of repair. The west wall of the train shed has been slowly deteriorating for several years.

Construction of the new wall is scheduled to begin in January 2022, at which time the Museum space becomes a designated Construction Zone requiring suitable PPE for all personnel. Only construction personnel will be permitted on site during the construction.

After the new wall is complete, the current Building Code Occupancy Requirements will apply, and the space the museum occupies does not meet these requirements. When the museum was opened in the early 1990's it was in accordance with the occupancy requirements of the building code at that time.

The plywood partition between Tracks 2 & 3 needs to be replaced with metal/concrete/glass, the electrical plant and lighting must be upgraded, the sprinkler system must be replaced, to the tune of $3,000,000 in order to qualify for an occupancy permit.

The museum is home to the Gateway Western Railway, operated by the Winnipeg Model Railroad Club. The contents of the Gateway are the property of the club. The structure that contains the Gateway is owned by the museum. No notice has been given as to whether or when the club will have to remove their display.

It has been a very rough year for Winnipeg’s model railroad and rail fan community. Along with the closing of the museum, the Assiniboine Valley Railway and Cellar Dweller Hobby Supply have also closed this year.

For more information on the closing of the museum, please go to the following links: