Sunday, June 25, 2017

Toad Hall Toys holds model contest

To celebrate their 40th anniversary, Toad Hall Toys is holding a model / miniature contest. Make any model, any miniature, but it must have a "TOAD" in it. The maximum size 10"x 10”.

Finished models will be displayed in their store at 54 Arthur Street until after their birthday celebrations on August 19, 2017. All models will be judged by the England family. The lucky winner will receive a Toad Hall Gift Certificate for $100.

Deadline for entries will be Saturday, July 29th. All displays must be dropped off at Toad Hall Toys on or before that date.For more information, please call Darryl Audette or Dianna Berard at 204-956-2195.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Trains magazine’s June issue features Manitoba railway

How cool is this? Trains magazine has featured a Manitoba short line in its June 2017 issue. The Keewatin Railway, owned and operated by the Mathias Colomb Cree nation, runs a regularly scheduled mixed train from The Pas, Manitoba to Puktawagan. It’s featured on page 22 of the print edition, and a photo gallery has been posted on the website, which you can see by clicking here.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Nick Andrusiak honoured at Winnipeg Model Railroad Club's annual banquet

WMRC President Godfrey South presented Fran Andrusiak, who delivered a tribute to her late husband, Nick Andrusiak, at the WMRC’s annual banquet last month. 

The late, great Nick Andrusiak was honoured at the WMRC’s annual banquet and awards ceremony, which was held last month at the Canad Inn at Polo Park. The club created a special award for digital prototype railroad photography in his name. 

Nick’s widow, Fran Andrusiak, gave a moving tribute to her late husband at the banquet and presented the award named after Nick to its first recipient, WMRC secretary Cliff Davidson. 

Fran Andrusiak presented the very first Nick Andrusiak memorial award for digital prototype railroad photography to Cliff Davidson at the club’s annual banquet and awards ceremony.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Portage la Prairie Model Railroad Club to hold open house this Saturday

The Portage la Prairie Model Railroad Club will be holding their annual open house on Saturday, June 17 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. There will be a barbecue, family friendly model railroad demonstrations and a 50-50 draw. The Portage Model Railroad Club is located at the Canadian Pacific Railway station in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba at 215 street N.E.  The club is a wheelchair accessible facility. 

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Assiniboine Valley Railway holds first open house this weekend

All aboard for the Assiniboine Valley Railway’s first open house of the year! Ride the rails on the AVR this weekend! They’re open from 11:00AM to 5:00PM on Saturday, June 10, and from 1:00PM to 5:00PM on Sunday, June 11. 

One ride costs two bucks, and you can buy a 12 ride pass for only $20! Children 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. They hold public open houses on the second full weekend of each month from June to October.  

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Gateway Western memories at Doors Open Winnipeg 2017

Everyone had a great time running trains at the Gateway Western Railway in the Winnipeg Railway Museum during Doors Open Winnipeg last weekend! The next time the Gateway will be open to the general public will be during Railway Days in September. Hope to see you all then! All photos by Morgan Turney.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Winnipeg's model railroad and rail fan community mourns passing of Gord Hilderman

Former WMRC member Gord Hilderman lost his battle with cancer on May 22. He would've been 61 in June. 

Gord was a CN engineer, photographer, model railroader, model train dealer, and the brains behind He regularly kept us all up to date with the goings on inside the real railroad industry and the railfan and modelling communities in western Canada. He was also a member for the Selkirk Model Railroaders Association. 

Gord, like his Dad, loved trains and was an avid railroader. In his early years Gord worked briefly as an automotive mechanic and a tow truck operator. He then followed his Dad’s footsteps and joined CN, where he worked for 33 years starting as a yard foreman, then as a conductor and finally as a locomotive engineer. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

See the Gateway Western Railway today!

These kids really enjoyed watching the trains run at the Gateway Western Railway last year!

The Winnipeg Railway Museum is again participating in Doors Open Winnipeg. The WMRC's Gateway Western Railway, which is housed in the museum, will be open to the public today from 11AM to 5:00PM. The Gateway is Manitoba's largest model railroad display, and it's open to the public only twice a year, so don't miss this opportunity to view it! The Winnipeg Railway Museum is located on the second floor of the Via Rail station at 123 Main Street!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

CP to run special train to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday.

CP has announced that they will be running a train across Canada to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. The train will be in Winnipeg on Friday, August 4th, from 5:00PM to 8:00PM at the Southdale Community Centre, 254 Lakewood Boulevard. 

The CP F-unit 1401 will lead the train, hauling over 10 CP heritage cars. A highlight at each stop is the opportunity to take part in decorating a special car named the Spirit of Tomorrow. Children can write their hopes for the Canada of tomorrow on a commemorative card. The cards will be attached to the car. This car will be included in CP's 2017 Holiday Train.

Also included in the train is CP's  stage car where Dallas Arcand, champion Aboriginal hoop dancer and Juno award-winning country music singer Dean Brody will be performing.

For more information about the CP Canada 150 train, click here. 

CP has also updated its website to provide a history of the company, which can be accessed by clicking

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Winnipeg's Rugby Tower dismantled by CP Rail

CP's Rugby tower, a rail fanning favourite for decades, is no more. 

By Morgan Turney

Many fans of this site will know and recognize CPR's Rugby Tower, located at mile 1.9 on CP's Carberry subdivision, just at the west end of CPR's yards off of McPhillips Street, and behind the McPhillips Street Station casino.

Built in 1947 to replace the original wooden structure, Rugby Tower was decommissioned as a control structure for CP trains in and out of Winnipeg on June 1, 2013 and remained standing, but empty. It was a two-story brick building with its' prominent "Rugby" name engraved into the brick and featured a distinctive windsock on a pole that indicated wind direction in case of a hazardous chemical spill in the yards.

On a recent railfanning visit one evening last week to Stanley Knowles Park, which overlooks CP's Weston yards and shops, I noticed that something didn't seem right with the view. That's when I noticed that Rugby Tower was no more! It's gone. Not a brick in sight - only a square of stones where the foundation used to be. Yet another piece of rail history gone forever.

Here's a recent image taken by Morgan Turney of where the Rugby Tower used to stand, taken at almost the same angle as the image above the article. It's ver sad to see that it's not there anymore!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

HO model railroad equipment for sale in Saskatchewan

Roni Evans of Redvers, Saskatchewan has a lot of model railroad equipment to sell.

Her husband, who was a lifelong model railroader, recently passed away. He built a 40’x60’ building to house his hobby. That’s about twice the size of The WMRC’s Gateway Western!

She has found herself in possession of a huge layout and hundreds of pieces of rolling stock and locomotives, many are still in their boxes. There are packing boxes full of all sorts of equipment still in its packages. There are buildings, track, decoders, electronics, almost anything you can imagine! 

If anyone is interested in purchasing any or all of this amazing hoard, her phone number is 306-840-7299, or you can message her on Facebook.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Winnipeg Model Railroad Club to hold annual banquet on May 12

The WMRC is winding up another great season with our Annual General Meeting and Awards Night. This year, it is being held on Friday, May 12, at a new location, at the Canad Inns Polo Park in Alto's Restaurant, which is located at 1405 St. Matthews Avenue. 

Cocktails and dinner (buffet style or order from their menu) will start at 6:00PM, and the AGM will begin at 7:30PM. After the AGM, we’ll have our annual awards presentation.

After the awards presentation, we’ll have plenty of door prizes and “arm's length” raffle ticket prizes (that’s where you buy your arm’s length of tickets) to give out, as well as our now-famous elimination draw! This time the elimination draw will be for an DCC Atlas Classic CPR C424 locomotive with sound and a matching Athearn CPR caboose.

Monday, May 01, 2017

More views of CN's Winnipeg campus

Long time WMRC member Felix Lesiuk took a whole slew of photos of CN's Winnipeg campus when he visited the facility with members of the Winnipeg Railway Museum, which we've posted several times.  But so far, we've only posted images of their model railroad layout. This post features a rare look at many of their other hands-on training tools. Enjoy!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Ron Einarson goes for his Master Model Railroader certification

Long time WMRC member Ron Einarson has just completed his layout in preparation for qualifying for a Master Model Railroader certificate (MMR) from the NMRA. Ron has been a WMRC member since 1983, but Norm Leathers still refers to him as "that new fella".

Ron’s layout is unique due to the fact that the structures take priority over the railroad. His layout is a simple point to point design with a small freight yard, but the buildings are in the foreground, and the track is in the background. This is very appropriate for an extremely talented structure modeller such as Ron, and it also makes his layout all the more realistic. 

Let’s face it - At one time or another, we’ve all been guilty of showcasing a lot more railroad than structure and scenery on our layouts, which is not prototypically correct. But Ron has achieved a perfect balance between structure, scenery and railroads. 

Once all the paperwork has been filed, Ron will join the handful of model railroaders in the entire world who have achieved the vaunted status of Master Model Railroader. Congratulations, Ron!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Winnipeg Model Railroad Club mourns passing of Bill "Tiny" Summers

We are saddened to announce that former WMRC member William "Tiny” Summers passed away last week. Tiny served as the club’s annual spring show chairman in 1994. He was also a member of the Vintage Locomotive Society. 

Tiny was proud to have fired CPR steam locomotives during the 1950s. He served his country in Korea and drove countless miles as a truck driver for Canada Safeway. Tiny hauled produce from California and Texas and visited hobby stores on the way back to Winnipeg. He was a regular at the Thursday night get togethers at Golden Spike and at Ware House Hobbies. 

Tiny also assisted the Winnipeg Police Service in the 1960's, as he was a qualified diver, recovering bodies from the Red River. He survived a serious truck accident with on the Winnipeg to Thompson run. He survived necrotising fasciitis, also known as the flesh eating disease, and was kidded that he survived was that there was so much of him. 

He’s been described as a jolly giant, although he could be pretty gruff at times. He was a huge man, standing about 6’ 6”, and weighing well over 300 pounds.  At the WMRC spring train show in 1995, he sat on a flimsy plastic chair that couldn’t hold his weight, and he and the chair went crashing down onto the floor! Ed Mulholland, who was club president at the time, salvaged a piece of the broken chair, mounted it, and presented it to Tiny at the annual banquet as the “first annual chairman award”.

Tiny is survived by his wife Barbara, daughters Debbie, Wendy, Kathy, Donna, and Maureen, his stepchildren Brenda and Ron, 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. By Bill's request there will be no service. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Kumaran Reddy posts video of Winnipeg Model Railroad Club's 2017 open house

We received a wonderful Easter surprise from Kumaran Reddy, who follows the WMRC on Facebook. He recorded, produced and posted a nine minute video of our 2017 open house on You Tube! Not only does it showcase all the highlights of the show, it even has an original soundtrack, with Kumaran on guitar! The club wishes to thank Kumaran for his efforts in promoting the WMRC and model railroading. You can view this video by clicking here.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

More images from Felix Lesiuk's visit to Winnipeg's CN campus

We still have a bundle of images to post from Felix Lesiuk's visit to Winnipeg's CN campus training centre, which he took with members of the Winnipeg Railway Museum as part of their annual banquet celebrations. The campus is not open to the public, and this visit gives a rare opportunity to see how real railroading and model railroading can interact, and how model railroading can be used as a teaching tool!

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Felix Lesiuk visits the CN Campus with the Winnipeg Railway Museum

Our intrepid roving reporter Felix Lesiuk went to The Winnipeg Railway Museum's annual AGM and banquet,  which was held at the CN Campus on March 24. They had a great tour of their modern, state of the art facilities on Pandora Avenue. But the best part of the tour was their giant HO model railroad, which is used as a training device for CN employees. Who could ask for anything more! Felix took so many great photos that we're going to split them into several posts. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 08, 2017

WinNtrak to display at Clearspring Centre in Steinbach this weekend

It's worth the trip to Steinbach this weekend, especially if you're a model railroader! WinNtrak will be displaying their wonderful N gauge modular layout on April 7 and 8 at Steinbach's Clearspring Centre, the largest shopping centre in the area. The mall is open from 9:30AM to 9:00PM on April 7, and from 9:30Am to 6:00PM on April 8. While you're there, you can also check out the Steinbach Toy and Tractor show that's also going on in the mall. Happy railroading, everyone!

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Dave Downie to present clinic on prototype railroading for your layout

Our meeting is being held on Friday, April 7th, which is a week earlier than usual, as the second Friday in April this year is Good Friday. 

For our final program of the year, Dave Downie presents a look at how prototype railroads operate, and how you can create a plan to operate any model railroad like the prototype and make it enjoyable. 

Dave will cover some basic concepts such as the history of model railroad operation. He'll help you identify what you want to do on your model railroad and to consider how the prototype operates with industries on your layout, which creates switching traffic. This leads to the development of a schedule to coordinate train movements and to develop a method of directing the movement of cars and equipment using car cards, car tabs and switch lists. 

The meeting starts at 7:30PM at the Charleswood Legion, 6003 Roblin Boulevard. The canteen will be open, and we'll also have our monthly mode display and a 50-50 draw. Hope to see you all there!

Monday, April 03, 2017

Thanks to all who came to the Winnipeg Model railroad Club's 2017 open house

The WMRC's 2017 annual open house and train show was very well attended.

The WMRC wishes to thank the hundreds of happy people who attended our 2017 annual train show and open house, which was held last weekend at the Charleswood Legion on 6003 Roblin Boulevard. The event was very well attended, and we raised a lot of money, of which a portion of the proceeds will be donated to St. Amant. Everyone loved the complimentary "I Love Trains" buttons that the club had made for the show. Hope to see you all next year!

James South shows off the South family model railroad, which the built with his brother Tommy and his sister Frances. The layout's design was taken from an Atlas layout book from the 1960's. 

Everyone loved the complimentary "I love trains" buttons which were handed out at the show.

This youngster was having a lot of fun loading the cylinders into the car on the giraffe train layout!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Winnipeg Model Railroad Club's annual spring train show happens on April 1 & 2

The Winnipeg Model Railroad Club will he holding its annual spring train show and open house on April 1 & 2 at the Charleswood Legion, 6003 Roblin Boulevard. Hours are from 11AM to 4PM on both days.

This is the second biggest train show to be held this year in the entire province, and it's going to be jam packed with plenty of features and exhibits! The No.1 Northern Division's Free-Mo group, the Kildonan Short Lines, the Assiniboine Valley Railway and WinNtrak all will be displaying. There will also be the popular Lionel Giraffe Car portable layout, which is always a hit with the younger set.

As an extra added bonus, the club has made a limited run of some custom made buttons which they will be handing out to the kiddies! But it'll be first come, first serve! There will also be the club's annual model and photo contest displays, and the canteen will be selling hot dogs!

Admission is by donation. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to St. Amant, who will also have a display at the show.
This is a sample of the artwork which will be used on the buttons the club will be handing out.

Friday, March 17, 2017

WinNtrak to display at Kildonan Place this weekend

The friendly folks at WinNtrak, Manitoba's largest N Gauge modular railway, will be displaying at Kildonan Place Shopping Mall this weekend. They'll be displaying on Friday, March 17 from 10:00AM to 9:00PM. On Saturday, March 18, they'll be displaying from 9:30AM to 6:00PM. On Sunday, March 19, they'll be displaying from 11:00AM to 6:00PM. It's a great venue to show off their fantastic modular railway and all the miniature scenic wonders they've created!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

See Dennis Rietz's crawlspace layout on Train Town on Shaw TV

Dennis Rietze (left) explains the challenges of building a layout in a crawl space to Glenn Klaeesn during a recent layout hop organized by the Winnipeg Model Railroad Club.

Shaw TV's second Train Town episode features our own Dennis Rietze's layout in a crawl space. The five and a half minute long video is available to Shaw subscribers and also on You Tube.

The showcasing of his layout is a bittersweet moment for Dennis and the WMRC, as he and his wife LuElla will be moving soon, and the layout will have to be dismantled.

The next episode of Train Town will be shot at the WMRC's annual spring open house, which will be held April 1st and 2nd at the Charleswood Legion, 6003 Roblin Boulevard. Hours are from 11:00AM to 4:00PM for both days. Admission is by donation, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to St. Amant.

You can view the Train Town episode featuring Dennis' layout by clicking here.

Monday, March 06, 2017

See the British National Railway Museum at the Winnipeg Model Railroad Club's March meeting

By Morgan Turney, Program Director

This month, we'll have Tommy Kucera give us a presentation on rail preservation in the United Kingdom. We'll begin with a short video, titled 'Steam on the Roch Valley Viaduct', and then to the main feature, a tour of the British National Railway Museum at York. The museum contains over 300 years of railway history with over one million railway artifacts. You'll see the indoor turntable in action, too!

We need to have any club trophies returned to Morgan Turney either at the March meeting or on a Tuesday evening between 7PM and 9PM at the Gateway Western Railway layout located at the Winnipeg Railway Museum. Please return the trophies before our annual open house and train show, which while be held on April 1 and 2.

Model contest entries will be accepted on Friday evening, March 31st, during set-up night for the annual open house at the Charleswood Legion. If you are unable to attend on the Friday set-up night, models will be accepted on Saturday morning up until 9AM only. Please have all of your paperwork completed beforehand. There is a model contest entry Form in the current issue of The Lantern. If you attend the set-up night but wait to enter your models in the model contest on Saturday morning, they will NOT be eligible for entry. The Saturday morning entry time is only for those who can not be there on the Friday evening.
The meeting starts at 7:30PM on Friday, March 10 at the Charleswood Legion, 6003 Roblin Boulevard. The canteen will be open, and we'll have our monthly model display and a 50-50 draw. Guests are always warmly welcomed. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Winnipeg Model Railroad Club members show off their modelling talents

Three of the club's most talented modellers displayed their latest works at the WMRC's February meeting's monthly model display. Morgan Turney brought his model of a bulkhead flat car with a rebar load (featured above).   Morgan made the rebar out of .007 inch steel wire, and tied them together using a twisted double strand of electrical braided wire from a piece of electrical cord.

Suzanne Lemon created this abandoned Ukrainian pioneer log home using balsa and basswood which she cut and shaped to give the appearance of rough-cut timbers. She notched each piece to fit in a tongue and groove fashion. The wood was distressed with an X-acto knife and a wire brush, and weathered with sweet and sour wood stain and a dark grey wash.

Aaron Woloshyn scratch built this speed swing out of scrap pieces of styrene and wire. He "harvested" a set of spare wheels from the WMRC's Gateway Western Railway, and used spare decals from various sets that he had left over.