Thursday, July 18, 2019

Jason Shron returns to the Winnipeg Model Railroad Club in August

Rapido's Jason Shron will be returning to the Winnipeg Model Railroad Club in August! Jason, who gave us a terrific presentation last year, will be 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.

Monday, July 15, 2019

See the Union Pacific Big Boy in Duluth this Friday

The closest the Union Pacific Big Boy #4014 will get to Winnipeg is at its stop in Duluth, Minnesota this Friday, July 19. The legendary steam engine will make a stop at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum.

The locomotive will arrive at the Duluth depot on July 19 at 5:00 PM as part of its tour in celebration of the Union Pacific railroad system's 150th anniversary. The Lake Superior Railroad Museum will be holding a Festival of Steam from July 19 to 21 alongside its arrival. There will be many activities at the depot on Friday evening, but access to the Big Boy or the festival site will not be available on Friday.  The Big Boy will remain at the depot until Sunday morning.

The Big Boy will be on display only, but visitors can ride in the North Shore Scenic Railroad's historic DM&IR 2-8-0 steam engine No. 332 for a 75-minute trip with the purchase of a ticket. 
For more information on the Festival of Steam, go to https://duluthtrains.com/event/festivalofsteam/ 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Ride the Assiniboine Valley Railway this weekend

It's time to take a ride on the Assiniboine Valley Railway again, as they're holding their second open house of the year this weekend! They're open from 11:00AM to 4:00PM on Saturday, July 13, and from 1:00PM to 4:00PM on Sunday, June 14. A ride costs three dollars. You can buy two rides for just five bucks. You can also get a 10 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.

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Exclusive images of CN's 100th anniversary coin


Our intrepid and resourceful Felix Lesiuk went to the Royal Canadian Mint unveiling for CN's 100 anniversary coin, which was held at CN's training centre on Panet road. They unveiled two new collector coins. The larger images are cardboard cutouts of the actual coin, but Felix managed to get a pretty good shot of one side of the actual coin, which features a color image of a CN locomotive.


Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Come to Portage La Prairie to Railway Days this weekend

Forget about Paris, or Rome, London, Athens, Winnipeg or Brandon. Portage La Prairie is the place to be this weekend! First and foremost, there's the annual Railway Days celebration, held by the Portage Model Railroad Club at the CP station, located at 251 3rd. street in Portage.

Their annual Train Day & Open House will be held on Saturday, July 6, 2019, from 10am to 4pm. They will have layouts with various sized trains operating throughout the day, tours and restoration details of the historic station building, a fundraising BBQ from 11am to 2pm, and a 50/50 raffle prize draw at 4pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

While you're in Portage, check out the Portage Ex at Island Park! There' will be 4-H achievements, horse and cattle shows, familyentertainment, a petting zoo, midway rides, games of chance, displays of various nature, as well as food prepared by local non profit organizations.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Winnipeg Model Railroad Club mourns passing of Karl Purchase

 Karl Purchase (right) is seen here with his son Matt in a scene from a CBC news story that was broadcast nationally last April.

Former WMRC member Karl Purchase passed away on June 14, 2019. Karl was born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland served with the RCMP for 30 years in Manitoba. He will always be remembered in the model railroading community for his love for the Newfoundland Railway and his home town of Corner Brook, which he modeled with such astounding and painstaking accuracy.

The layout, with scenes that he made entirely from memory, fills two rooms and spans two different levels. It took him 20 years to complete it. Karl’s layout was featured prominently in Railroad Model Craftsman in 1983, prior to the NMRA national convention held in Winnipeg.

Karl was just featured in the national media in April of this year when his family used his layout to help reignite his failing memory Karl hadn’t seen his layout in over a year, and was living in a personal care home after breaking two hips. You can access this story by going to:
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/nowornever/for-this-newfoundlander-a-trip-down-memory-lane-in-a-model-train-1.5084309

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Read MMR Lester Breuer's great model railroading blog

Lester Breuer of Plymouth, Minnesota is an NMRA master model railroader (MMR) who writes a terrific model railroading blog. It's titled the Minneapolis and Northland Railroad Company Modeling, which is named after his layout which he started in 1973.

In his posts, Lester takes you step by step on all of his model building projects, and the tools he uses to build them. He has been making two to three posts a week since January 2018. There are 30 different categories to choose from, all in alphabetical order, from boxcars to upgrades.

All of Lester's posts are an indispensable "how to" journey into the world of model railroading and modeling, and he has an incredible eye for detail. You can check it out by clicking here.


Friday, June 14, 2019

Winnipeg Railway Museum will reopen on June 17

This just in! We are pleased to announce that the Winnipeg Railway Museum will reopen on Monday, June 17. The structural concerns that caused Via Rail to close the platform that houses the museum have been taken care of. This means that Tuesday nights are once again Gateway Western nights for the WMRC!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

WinNtrak to exhibit at Riverwood Square retirement community on June 15

Our good friends at WinNtrak will be exhibiting their N gauge modular layout at Riverwood Square's Father's Day model train show this Saturday, June 15. Hours are from 10:00AM to 3:00PM. Riverwood Square is located at 1778 Pembina Highway in Winnipeg. If you plan on attending this event  please RSVP at 204-275-7632.

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Mark your calendars for the Manitoba Mega Train Show in September

Get out your calendars and mark off September 28 and 29, for that's when the Manitoba Mega Train Show is happening! This is the big Kahuna, the biggest train show between Toronto and Calgary! 40,000 square feet of trains, trains and more trains at Red River Exhibition Place. There will be 70 vendors, tons of great layouts and displays, and you get free unlimited rides on the Manitoba Mega Train!

Come on down to the Red River Exhibition grounds on September 28 and 29 at 3977 Portage Avenue. It's right beside Assiniboia Downs. Adult tickets are $8.00, youth 4-12 $6.00, kids three years old and under are admitted free, and a family pack is just 25 bucks! Don't miss it!

Monday, June 03, 2019

All aboard for the first run of the Assiniboine Valley Railway for 2019

It's the event you've been waiting for! The Assiniboine Valley Railway is holding their first open house of the year! It's been almost six months since their last open house, but summer's here and it's time to ride the AVR's wonderful trains again!

They're open from 11:00AM to 4:00PM on Saturday, June 8, and from 1:00PM to 4:00PM on Sunday, June 9. A ride costs three dollars. You can buy two rides for just five bucks. You can also get a 10 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.

Saturday, June 01, 2019

Winnipeg Railway Museum closed until further notice

The Winnipeg Railway Museum has been closed for the time being. There are some structural concerns that have to be addressed by Via Rail. No one will be allowed into the museum until the green light has been given by Via Rail. The museum executive will be meeting shortly to review the situation.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Winnipeg Model Railroad Club's 2019 model contest winners announced

Neil Carleton won best in show and first prize in the steam locomotive category for his model of a conversion from a Pennsylvania to a CP engine.

Neil Carleton, John Bate, Gino Kost and Brenda Zastre were the big winners in the WMRC's 2019 model contest. Neil Carleton won best in show and first prize in the steam locomotive category for his model of a conversion from a Pennsylvania to a CP steam engine. Gino Kost won first prize in the structures category for his model of an ice house. 
Newcomer Brenda Zastre walked away with first prize in the display category for her model of a car garage in a yard. This model also won the WMRC's Tyro award. John Bate won first prize in the special event category for his model of a a decoder load. 

Gino Kost won first prize in the structures category for his model of an ice house.

Brenda Zastre won first prize in the display category and the Tyro award for her model of  a car garage in a yard. 

John Bate won first prize in the special event category for his model of a flat car with a decoder load.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Gateway Western Railway to be open to the public during Doors Open Winnipeg

The Gateway Western Railway will be open to the public during Doors Open Winnipeg. Photo by John Longhurst from his blog, the CP Rail Manitoba and Minnesota Subdivision.



The Gateway Western Railway is open to the public just twice a year, so don't miss out on this opportunity to view it during Doors Open Winnipeg this year! The Gateway is Winnipeg's largest HO gauge model railroad display. It is housed in its own structure inside the Winnipeg Railway Museum. Hours are from 10 to 5 on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26. Admission to the museum this weekend is free (donations are accepted). 

The museum is located on tracks 1 and 2 on the upper level of the Via Rail Station, which is located at 123 Main Street.

 For more information on Doors Open Winnipeg, go to http://www.doorsopenwinnipeg.ca/

For more information about the Winnipeg Railway Museum, go to:
http://www.wpgrailwaymuseum.com/

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Gino Kost receives Winnipeg Model Railroad Club's President's shield award for 2019

Gino Kost (Left) is presented with the WMRC's President's shield award from President Bob Harrison at the club's annual banquet held on May 10, 2019.

Gino Kost is the recipient of the WMRC's President's Shield Award for 2019. The award is given every year by the president to a member for their outstanding volunteer contributions to the club.
And Gino is certainly deserving of the award! He is currently the superintendent of the Gateway Western Railway, which is the club's HO gauge layout that is housed in the Winnipeg Railway Museum. The Gateway Western is the largest model railroad display in Winnipeg. It will be open to the public on May 25 and 25 during Doors Open Winnipeg.

He is also our representative and volunteer coordinator for the Manitoba Mega Train Show, which is the largest train show between Toronto and Calgary. The Manitoba Mega Train Show will be held on September 28 and 29 at Red River Exhibition Place.

Gino's greatest contribution to the club was supervising the construction of the structure that houses the Gateway Western Railway. Gino modified the plans of a prefabricated garage, ordered the lumber and had it shipped to the museum, and managed a small group of dedicated volunteers in its construction. The "house that Gino built" is truly the jewel in the crown of the club, and the WMRC will forever be grateful for all of Gino's hard work. Congratulations, Gino!

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Winnipeg Model Railroad Club mourns passing of George Myer

Long time former WMRC member George Myer passed away on Monday, May 6, 2019. He was 82 years old. George has been a subject of controversy for several months that made national headlines as he had to wait for four months for a biopsy which finally delivered a diagnosis of lung cancer.

George will be remembered by the model railroad community for his extraordinary modelling skills on his O gauge layout, the CPR Central Northern Subdivision. George’s layout was featured in the May 2011 issue of Canadian Railway Modeller and was a featured on the layout hop of the TLR’s 2010 Steam on the Prairies  convention.

A memorial service will be held Monday, May 13, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Neil Bardal Funeral Centre, 3030 Notre Dame Avenue in Winnipeg. Below are links featuring articles about George.

https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/winnipeg-man-who-waited-months-for-cancer-diagnosis-dies-1.4416762
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/george-myer-biopsy-cancer-1.4994485
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/winnipeg-lung-cancer-biopsy-delay-1.4969844
https://winnipegsun.com/news/news-news/family-finally-gets-biopsy-for-elderly-father-hoping-its-not-too-late
https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/daughter-anxious-about-fathers-wait-for-critical-biopsy-in-winnipeg-hospital

 This image of George's O gauge layout, the CPR Central Northern Subdivision, was taken in 2010 during the TLR's Steam on the Prairies convention.

Monday, May 06, 2019

Winnipeg Model Railroad Club to hold their annual banuet on May 10

The WMRC is winding up another great season with our annual banquet! We'll also be holding our annual general meeting and presenting awards to the winners of our photo and model contests. It's being held on Friday, May 10, at the Canad Inns Polo Park in Alto's Restaurant, which is located at 1405 St. Matthews Avenue. The Hotel puts on a wonderful buffet with a large choice of foods. You can also order from a menu. 

Cocktails and dinner will start at 6:00PM, and the AGM will begin at 7:30PM. There will be a great many prizes  up for grabs again this year, not to mention the ever popular elimination draw for one HO Athearn Genesis CN GP38-2W complete with DCC and sound.  The second prize is an N scale  Atlas BNSF Dash 8-408W. Ticket sales are five bucks each, and they will be limited to 60. Buy an arms length of tickets for five bucks for a chance at winning one or more of over 40 prizes of HO and N scale rolling stock, buildings and scenery effects. Hope to see you all there!

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

It's worth the trip to Regina for the Rail Fest this weekend!

It's worth the trip to the Queen City this weekend! The 2019 annual Regina Rail Fest Model Railroad Show is being held on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 at the Caledonia Curling Club, 2225 Sandra Schmirler Way. This a new location for the show, and it’s near the airport.

There's over 20,000 square feet of model railroad layouts, displays, exhibits, and vendors, including Lego! Hours are from Nine to Five on both days. Admission is $10.00 per person, youths 16 and under get in for $5.00, children age four and under get in for free!

For information, contact Ian McIntosh at (306) 351-2040 or Tyler Smith at (306) 351-2040  smithtyler@sasktel.net

Friday, April 26, 2019

Ian Plett and Cliff Davidson winners in Winnipeg Model Railroad Club's annual photo contest

Cliff Davidson won the WMRC's annual model photo contest's model category with this image.

We are pleased to announce that long time members Cliff Davidson and Ian Plett won top prizes in the WMRC's annual photo contest. Cliff won first prize in the model category with his photo of a CP Alco passing though a bridge. Ian won in the prototype division for his image of a CN locomotive backing a unit grain train into the Peterson grain elevator in Morris, Manitoba.

The WMRC has been fortunate to have may excellent photographers among their membership. Some have gone on to win awards in other competitions and have had their works published in many of the major model railroad and rail fanning publications. Congratulations to Cliff and Ian for their fine work!

Ian Plett's entry of a CN locomotive won first prize in the prototype category for 2019.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Winnipeg Model Railroad Club donates $1,800 to St. Amant

WMRC treasurer John Bate presents a cheque to St. Amant Director Juliette Trudeau Mucha.

The Winnipeg Model Railroad Club is pleased to announce that they have presented a donation of $1,800 to St. Amant. The WMRC has always been a strong believer in community stewardship. St. Amant has been the charity of choice of the club for the past six years.

The club has raised $9,300 to date to provide meaningful life experiences for children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism. The money donated to St. Amant was raised through money raised from our annual train show and open house, and from our participation in the Manitoba Mega Train Show. 


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Using a model railroad as therapy

Karl Purchase and his son Matt view photographs of Corner Brook and Karl's layout. 

Former WMRC member Karl Purchase was featured in a story that was broadcast nationally over CBC. Karl is well known among the local model railroad community for his impressive recreation of his native town of Corner Brook, Newfoundland that he modeled in his basement. The layout, with scenes that he made entirely from memory, fills two rooms and spans two different levels. It took him 20 years to complete it.

Karl is 71, and his memory is fading, and until recently, he hasn’t seen his layout in over a year. He has been living in a personal care home after breaking two hips. Friends and family hope that viewing his layout will reignite his memories.

This is a remarkable story of how model railroading can have therapeutic values. To read the story and view the videos of Karl’s layout, please click here.


Saturday, April 13, 2019

Regina Railfest model railroad show scheduled for May 4 and 5

Come to the Queen City the first weekend in May for a great train show! The 2019 annual Regina Rail Fest Model Railroad Show is being held on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 at the Caledonia Curling Club, 2225 Sandra Schmirler Way. This a new location for the show, and it’s near the airport.

There's over 20,000 square feet of model railroad layouts, displays, exhibits, and vendors, including Lego! Hours are from Nine to Five on both days. Admission is $10.00 per person, youths 16 and under get in for $5.00, children age four and under get in for free!

For information, contact Ian McIntosh at (306) 351-2040 or Tyler Smith at (306) 351-2040  smithtyler@sasktel.net

Monday, April 08, 2019

Barbara Lange visits the Winnipeg Model Railroad Club on April 12

We have two great presentations lined up for our April meeting! First, we’ll have noted author Barbara Lange take us on a nostalgic trip down Manitoba's rich railway past. Barbara, author of Through the Window of a Train, will make a presentation about her new book, “Memories of the Moonlight Special and Grand Beach Train era”. Learn about the “beach trains” that took thousands of Winnipegers to Lake Winnipeg every summer.

Then we’ll have Rich Mahaney show you how to select industries for your model railroad. Rich will help you select industries for your layout through a systematic approach. You will learn how railroads service their customers and what types of rolling stock are needed for different industries. He will also provide examples of both prototype facilities and model railroads. 

The meet starts at 7:30PM on Friday, April 12, in the Tank Room at the Charleswood Legion, 6003 Roblin Boulevard. Wheelchair accessible. The canteen will be open, and we'll have a 50/50 draw and our monthly model display. Not a member? Not a problem! Guests are always warmly welcomed!

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Winnipeg Model Railroad Club to hold its 2019 open house on April 6 & 7

This is the biggest model railroading event of the season! Come to the Winnipeg Model Railroad Club's annual open house! We've been throwing this annual party for many decades, and everyone's guaranteed to have a great time! We'll have several great layouts in action, including the NMRA No. 1 Northern Division's Free-Mo layout and the whimsical Lionel giraffe train, which is always a kid favorite!

There will also be plenty of displays and demonstrations, including our award winning annual model contest and photo contest entries. The canteen will be serving gourmet hot dogs, chips, pop, donuts and coffee.

It all happens in the Tank Room at the Charleswood Legion, 6003 Roblin Boulevard from 10 to 5 on Saturday, April 6, and from 10 to 4 0n Sunday, April 7. Wheelchair accessible. Admission by donation. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to support St. Amant. Hope to see you all there!

Monday, March 25, 2019

A sneak preview of Denniz Rietze's new layout

The most prominent feature of Dennis Rietze's new model railroad is a peninsula supported by long carriage bolts attached to the frame of the layout. The support pillar underneath will not be needed once the layout has been installed in his apartment.

Former WMRC treasurer Dennis Rietze sent us some images of his new layout, the Twisted Creek Railway. Dennis is one of the most creative and inventive model railroader in the hobby. He’s well known for building an amazing layout in the crawl space of his split level house. He is having his new layout custom built to fit in the spare bedroom of he new apartment that he and his wife LuElla had moved into recently.

The plan is a modified version of one that appeared in Model Railroader magazine. As it is in an apartment, the layout has been designed to be free standing so none of the walls will be drilled into or damaged. It is supported by a series of pillars, which allows for wheelchair accessibility. As it is built in several lightweight sections using framed Styrofoam boards, it can be taken down and moved without much difficulty.

All of the backdrops are attached to the back side of the layout. The most outstanding feature of the layout is something that literally is outstanding! It’s a large free standing peninsula, supported by several very long carriage bolts that are anchored to the frame of the layout.

Dennis has also recycled several structures from his previous layout. His free standing peninsula will feature a modern grain elevator depot. Dennis, who was never shy about embracing new technology, has plans to put in a street with moving vehicles.

The layout uses pillars for support, which allows wheelchair access.

An inside view of the carriage bolts which will support the peninsula.

 Seen here is the street, which will feature high-tech moving automobiles.

The peninsula will feature a modern grain elevator depot.

 

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Northwest Short Line is closing their doors

We are saddened to report that the Northwest Short Line is going out of business. Established in 1959, they offered a wide selection of quality model railroad upgrade and repair products. For 60 years they had been a premier manufacturer of wheel sets, gearboxes, replacement motors, tools, and other products for the advanced railroad modeller. Northwest Short Line operated out of Hamilton, Montana.

They will continue to fill orders for in-stock products until July 1, 2019. On their Facebook Page, they stated that the closure is for personal reasons. Sale of the business is not anticipated, but they will consider any and all reasonable proposals.

You can access their website at http://www.nwsl.com/

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Union Pacific releases its Big Boy summer schedule

Union Pacific has just announced its schedule for their legendary 4-8-8-4 steamer, also known as "Big Boy". There have been occasions where the mighty brute has traveled as close to Winnipeg as Fargo, North Dakota. Unfortunately, it won't be getting that close this year, as its main destination is Ogden, Utah, where it will participate in the 150 anniversary celebrations of the golden spike in May.

The Big Boy will travel from Cheyenne, Wyoming to Ogden and back, with stops in Rock Springs, Rawlins, Laramie and Evanston. For more information, you can go to the Union Pacific website by clicking here.

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Felix Lesiuk's winter grafitti gallery

Our prolific rail photographer Felix Lesiuk took another rail fanning trip with Louis Lenz on March 7. They headed West on a Thursday to try to catch the VIA Canadian, since both the east and westbounds run on Thursday. But both were many hours late.  They made it as far West as Moffat. Traffic was light on CN, but they saw more CP trains than normal.

But what Felix did catch was an amazing array of graffiti on some of the rolling stock, which is what we’re featuring on this post. Some of the work is very intricate, and quite fascinating. It’s amazing how the graffiti taggers manage to do what must be very time consuming work without getting caught!







Monday, March 04, 2019

Learn all about Arduinos and 3D printing at Winnipeg Model Railroad Club's March meet

The WMRC two great clinics lined up for our March 2019 meeting. For our first clinic, Tyler Fedoroshyn will demonstrate building mainline signalling from scratch using an Arduino. Tyler is building a home layout and he'll explain what his signals can do, how they detect trains, what it takes to install them and he'll provide a high level rundown of the computer code used to program the Arduino.

Tyler will also provide a quick glimpse into three other unique Arduino projects he's done,  such as an automatic defect detector, a belt pack throttle, and his latest simulator project.

For our second clinic, Kent Hurley will conduct a demonstration about 3D printing using a 3D home printer.  This clinic was also presented at the 2018 NMRA National Convention. Learn what 3D printing can do for you and see how easy it can be to get started.

The meeting starts at 7:30PM on Friday, March 8, in the Tank Room at the Charleswood Legion, 6003 Roblin Boulevard. Wheelchair accessible. The canteen will be open, and we'll have a 50/50 draw and our monthly model display. Not a member? Not a problem! Guests are always warmly welcomed!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Exclusive images of wrecked CN locomotive


Our intrepid rail photographers Felix Lesiuk and Louis Lenz headed West for the first time in a month. Weather for rail fanning had been a bit sketchy lately, as it was either very cold, windy or unsafe to be on the highways and back roads. A decent day presented itself on February 22. Weather really cooperated and turned out to be a nice sunny day. They followed CP to Portage La Prairie but not much was happening along the line, but they did catch the local CP switcher working around Portage.

    While in Portage they saw what they thought was one of the wrecked locomotives from Nattress sitting in the yard on a flatcar. They also saw that CN is busy getting ready for summer and is stockpiling a huge amount of concrete ties.

     They headed west and got as far as Moffat, where they saw some unique patched lease units. CN traffic was fairly light, which might’ve been because their crews were working on the wreck at St. Lazare. They saw two semis with scrap oil tank cars heading towards Winnipeg along the Trans Canada highway. They caught a CN potash train in Portage as the sun set.