Thursday, August 22, 2019

The Manitoba Mega Train Show is a little over a month away

Great news! The Manitoba Mega Train Show is a little over a month away! On September 28th and 29th you'll get to see over 40,000 square feet of trains, trains and more trains plus 60 vendors at the Red River Exhibition Place, 3977 Portage Avenue (right beside Assiniboia Downs). A ticket costs $8.00. Youth 4-12 $6.00. A family pack is 25 bucks and kids 3 and under get in for free! Admission includes unlimited free rides on the Mega-Train. Don't miss it!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Rail fanning in Iceland

By Paul Ullrich
WMRC social media director


I was visiting Iceland for the first time in July, and much to my surprise I came across a locomotive! Note the size of the engine next to the cruise ship behind it. This narrow gauge steamer is sitting by the docks of the old harbour in the capital city of Reykjavik. After doing some digging on line, I found that there was a twin locomotive nearby in the Arbaer museum on the eastern part of the city. These were the only two engines ever to run in Iceland, which makes them the only country in the world to have preserved 100% of their locomotives!

They were built in 1892 and served in Germany and Denmark before being shipped to Iceland in1913. They were used to carry stone from the quarries the south of the city to build the breakwater for the harbour. The project was completed in 1918, but the railway continued operating for another 10 years.

The website of the Arbaer museum is http://www.arbaejarsafn.is/desktopdefault.aspx.



Sunday, August 11, 2019

Jason Shron coming to Winnipeg Model Railroad Club this Wednesday

Mark your calendars! Cancel any previous engagements! Rapido's Jason Shron is returning to the Winnipeg Model Railroad Club this Wednesday! Jason is making another exclusive presentation for the club at the Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park at 1405 St. Matthews Avenue at 7:00PM on Wednesday, August 14. Admission is free, and everyone is invited! Not a member? Not a problem! Guests are always warmly welcomed.