Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Winnipeg Model Railroad's April meeting has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

The Winnipeg Model Railroad Club's April meeting, scheduled for Friday, April 17, 2020, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Normally, the club holds their elections at the April meeting. This will have to be postponed until the fall. The existing executive will continue to run the club until the next general meeting can be called.

No decision has been made as to whether the annual banquet and AGM should be held on May 8. The executive is monitoring the situation and will make a decision closer to the proposed date.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Gateway Western Railway closed until further notice

Tuesday nights are no longer Gateway nights for members of the Winnipeg Model Railroad Club or the Winnipeg Railway Museum. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all operations at the Gateway have been suspended until further notice. The Winnipeg Railway Museum is also closed due to the pandemic.

The Gateway Western is almost as old as the WMRC itself. There have been several Gateway layouts in different locations for well over a half a century. The first one was on the main floor of Winnipeg's Union Station. That layout was torn down to make room for a larger bathroom for the station.

Its next incarnation was at Gooch's hobbies in its Sherbrook street location. This layout was taken apart and stored in a local warehouse when Gooch's hobbies moved their store to Portage Avenue.

Thanks to the combined efforts of the WMRC and the Winnipeg Railway Museum, the Gateway was once again resurrected and returned to its original location at Union Station. A tireless band of volunteers assembled an insulated, heated structure within the museum that houses what is now the largest permanent layout in the province.

When the health crisis has abated, the Gateway and the Winnipeg Railway Museum will reopen. Notices of the reopening will be posted on this site and on the club's Facebook page.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Supertrain, TLR convention cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

Two model railroad events have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Supertrain, Canada's largest train show, has been held in Calgary since 1995. On March 13, the Calgary Model Railway Society announced the cancellation. Tentative plans are to hold Supertrain on April 10 and 11, 2021 at its usual venue at the Genesis Centre in Calgary.

The Thousand Lakes Region of the NMRA announced today that their upcoming spring convention, titled the Sioux Empire Special, has been cancelled. The next TLR convention will be held in Bismarck, North Dakota in May 2021.