Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Dave Downie makes a forest

WMRC Program Chair Dave Downie has been very busy landscaping his layout this summer! First he landscaped a mountain, and now he’s forested it with thousands of home made trees!

For fir trees, Dave used reusable washable furnace filters from Lowes and Canadian Tire. The filter is plastic and is blue in colour. He pulled the material apart, spray painted it green and applied it over  skewers and toothpicks that he had painted brown.

Dave made deciduous trees using a polyester fill material used in pillows and quilts, which he painted. For the trunks he used dead twigs from a Scotch pine in his front yard. He stretched the polyester fill over the trunk and used a hot glue gun to attach the material.
Once the tree was shaped, he applied a coat of  hairspray, followed by a dusting of Woodland Scenics Fine Turf. A final spray with hair-spray secured the flock to the tree.  In a few weeks Dave made almost 1,200 trees!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Assiniboone Valley Railway holds another open house this weekend

The Assiniboine Valley Railway is holding their second public open house of the year this weekend, and it looks like it will be great weather for a train ride!

They're open from 11:00AM to 5:00PM on Saturday, July 14, and from 1:00PM to 5:00PM on Sunday, July 15. A ride costs two bucks and you can buy a 12 ride pass for only $20! Kids two years of age and under ride for free. All minors must be accompanied by an adult. The AVR is located at 3001 Roblin Boulevard, just west of Assiniboine Park.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Memories of CP Rail's Marconi Spur

The dog days of summer provide very few things for your faithful WMRC blog editor to post. But our good friend and longtime WMRC member “Long” John Longhurst unexpectedly came to the rescue and provided us with two links from his own Manitoba and Minnesota Subdivision blog about CP Rail’s Marconi spur. The spur, also known as the Molson cutoff, connected the Rat Portage Division to Winnipeg, was torn down this year.

You can read about the history of this spur by going to: