Wednesday, November 13, 2019

See the train display at the Manitoba Electrical Museum this Christmas season

The Manitoba Electrical Museum is holding their annual All That Glows Christmas display, and this year they're featuring electric trains! The WMRC's dynamic duo of Secretary "Marvelous" Marvin Fetch and Social Media Director Paul Ullrich helped set up the train displays, which include an operating Lionel layout in the museum's lower level.

The display runs from November 15 to January 4. The museum is located at 680 Harrow Street. They're open from Tuesday to Saturday from 1:00PM to 4:00PM, and on Wednesdays from 1:00PM to 8:00PM. Admission is $3.00 and children ages five and under are admitted for free.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Scratchbuilt hotel reatured at Winnipeg Model Railroad Club's monthly model display

Ivan and Nathanial Paradis submitted this scratch built model of a Sifton style hotel from a 50's prairie town at the WMRC's last meeting, held on November 8, 2019. The building is typical of the style of hotels found in many Canadian prairie towns from 1900 to 1950. Some survive to this day.

The model was scratch built with Evergreen sheets and strips, a Plastruct vac form sheet for the foundation, and Tichy Train Group windows, doors and corbels. The building is set to fit into a base that includes sidewalks and side steps. Lettering for the sign is forthcoming.

Monday, November 04, 2019

See Ed Mulholland's Cumbrian Valley Lines and take a trip to Budapest at the Winnipeg Model Railroad Club's November meeting

We have a great show lined up for our November meeting! Ed Mulholland will showcase his Cumbrian Valley Lines layout, one of most spectacular layouts ever built in Winnipeg. Then Tommy Kucera will make a presentation about his visit to the Hungarian National Railway Museum in Budapest. 

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

Monday, October 28, 2019

Ivan and Nathanial Paradis showcase their wooden grain elevator model at Winnipeg Model railroad Club's October meeting

WMRC members Ian and Nathanial Paradis brought in their superb model of a wooden grain elevator to the club's October meeting. It is a freelance model, based on a typical prairie grain elevator, and was scratch built using Evergreen styrene sheets and strips. The windows and the doors are from Grandt Line.

It was made up of four component parts for ease of building and maintenance. The base is complete with ramps, the main elevator body, the office and the balloon annex.

The balloon annex was constructed using scale 2x6, 2x8 and 6x6 as was the prototype. Further details include bolts and plates used to reinforce the annex.

The model has been painted and clear coated to protect the undercoat. Decals and washes will be added later.

Great job, guys!

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Assiniboine Valley Railway Hallowen train cancelled

The Assiniboine Valley Railway has cancelled this weekend's Halloween train due to the damage caused by the October 11 snowstorm.Unfortunately, this is the third time in a row that they had to cancel an open house. There has been no word yet on whether they will still have their Christmas open house.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Felix Lesiuk guides a Rail Travel Tours trip to Prince Rupert

 By Felix Lesiuk

This past June, Daryl Adair of Rail Travel Tours asked me if I would like to guide a small group for a 10 day train tour through the mountains to Prince Rupert. Having not done this trip before I cautiously said, "why not".  The trip entailed a two night trip via a sleeper on VIA's Canadian #1 to Jasper, one of my favorite places. We had snow near Edmonton, but fortunately there was none in Jasper. Weather for rest of the trip was great.  We stayed in the Whistler Inn, just across Jasper station. We toured the town and took in a boat tour of Lake Maligne.

We rode the former "Skeena" now just called trains 5 & 6, also known as the Rupert Rocket, or the train with no name. It originally had three full length domes on it, but VIA downgraded its service.  Of the original three full length domes that were on the Skeena two of them now ply back and forth on The Canadian between Edmonton and Vancouver. One still goes back and forth to Prince Rupert but only on the "third" train. There are three train sets going back and forth between Prince Rupert and Jasper. 

This is a daytime running train only with overnight stops and two nights in Prince George, where the crew rests.  This meant that we had the exact same train and crew for the entire westbound and eastbound trips through the coastal mountains.  This worked out well since during our two night stay in Prince Rupert we visited the Northern BC museum and the Historic Pacific cannery site as well as having time to tour around Prince Rupert.We had no rain, which apparently is rare.

CN is very busy along this line, which made any scheduled arrival times non-existent. There are no diner facilities on the train, only a snack bar.  We did have the Park car and as much coffee and cookies we could eat. I had to pick up lunches and dinners in Vanderhoof and McBride from Safeway or Coop.

When we got back to Jasper we had time to visit the town and then have a tour of the Columbia ice fields and the parkway. This scenic area and makes one proud to be a Canadian!


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Two great programs on tap at Winnipeg Model Railroad Club's October meeting

At our October meeting, which will be held on Friday,  October 18,  Dave Downie will present part three of “Rebirth of a Model Railroad”. Lots of work has been done by Dave with scenery and structures, and he’ll have lots of before, during and after photos to guide us through the process.

Terry Viddal will make a presentation on track maintenance on the prototype and model railroad. Terry worked for over 30 years in track maintenance for CN. He will cover various aspects of track maintenance, including photos of a Jordan Spreader in operation. He has some great ideas that you can use on your layout!

The fun begins at 7:30 at the Tank Room in the Charleswood Legion, 6003 Roblin Boulevard. The canteen will be open and we'll also have our monthly model display. Not a member? Not a problem! Guests are always warmly welcomed. 

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Winnipeg Model Railroad Club's October meeting date has been changed to October 18

Please note that the date of the meeting has been moved from Friday, October 11 to Friday, October 18, as the Charleswood Legion's Tank Room will be used for advance polling for the Federal election.The meeting will be held at 7:30 PM as usual.

At the next meeting Dave Downie will present part three of “Rebirth of a Model Railroad”. Lots of work has been done by Dave with scenery and structures, and he’ll have lots of before, during and after photos to guide us through the process.

Terry Viddal will make a presentation on track maintenance on the prototype and model railroad. Terry worked for over 30 years in track maintenance for CN. He will cover various aspects of track maintenance, including photos of a Jordan Spreader in operation. He has some great ideas that you can use on your layout!

The canteen will be open and we'll also have our monthly model display. Not a member? Not a problem! Guests are always warmly welcomed. 

Monday, September 30, 2019

Canadian Pacific reveals their heritage fleet paint scheme

How cool is this? CP Rail has revealed a set of SD70ACU locomotives done in their iconic and beloved maroon and grey paint scheme.Up until now, CP and CN have been the very last class 1 railroads who had not painted heritage colors on any of their modern locomotives. In the early 2000s, it painted a GP38-2 and FP9s used for its business train and other excursions.

CP will be painting a total of 10 units, five with block lettering and five with script lettering. The other eight locomotives will be painted in heritage colors by the end of the year. The locomotives are expected to be in service primarily in Western Canada. Rail fans all across the country can't wait to see these modern locomotives with that classic paint scheme in action!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Enjoy the Manitoba Mega Train Show this weekend on September 28 and 29

We had a great time this September with the AVR open house and dinner train, Railway Days and CN 100 at The Forks. What better way to wrap up a month of model railroading fun than a visit to the Manitoba Mega Train Show this weekend?

It's the biggest train show between Toronto and Calgary, with nearly 40,000 square feet of displays, 60 vendors, operating layouts and trains, trains trains! It's at 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!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Railway Days and CN 100 celebrations at The Forks this weekend

Calling all rail fans and model railroaders! The Forks is the place to be this weekend! The annual Railway Days celebrations is being held at the  Winnipeg Railway Museum in the Via Rail Station!  They’re open from 10am to 5PM on both days. They’ll have displays from many railway related organizations, railway excursions, railway heritage museums and attractions from the rail industry from around the province.

Via’s Churchill train will be open for public viewing on Saturday. The WMRC’s Gateway Western Railway will also up and running at the museum. The Gateway has a public viewing just twice a year, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to see it!

While you're there,   CN's "A moving Celebration" commemorating CN's centennial to be held at The Forks as well! Come on down for a full weekend of railway fun!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Exclusive photos of CN freight train carrying CN100's displays


Earlier this month our intrepid staff photographer Felix “scoop” Lesiuk caught a CN eastbound freight near Gregg, Manitoba that was hauling containers for CN's "A moving Celebration" commemorating CN's centennial to be held at The Forks from September 19th to 22nd.

If you plan to attend, why not also stop by the Winnipeg Railway Museum in the Via Rail Station for their railway days celebration on the 21st and the 22nd? They’re open from 10am to 5PM on both days. They’ll have displays from many railway related organizations, railway excursions, railway heritage museums and attractions from the rail industry from around the province.

Via’s Churchill train will be open for public viewing on Saturday. The WMRC’s Gateway Western Railway will also up and running at the museum. The Gateway has a public viewing just twice a year, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to see it!




Monday, September 09, 2019

Two great presentations at the Winnipeg Model Railroad Club's September meeting


We have two great presentations to kick off the fall model railroading season! First, WMRC Treasurer John Bate will discuss DCC consisting and speed matching. He will explore three techniques for running multiple locomotives in a consist and give a live demonstration.

Next, WMRC program director Dave Downie will present the evolution of the Delaware and Rutland, one of Canada's largest and oldest model railroad clubs. It began in 1948 and continues today as its members use modern model railroad techniques to build and operate a layout with a 1100 foot mainline.

The fun starts at 7:30PM on September 13 at the Charleswood Legion, 6003 Roblin Boulevard. The canteen will be open, and we'll be holding our monthly model display. Not a member? Not a problem! Guests are always warmly welcomed!

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Five great model railroading events on tap for September

September’s model railroad season opens with five great events to mark on your calendar!

First on tap is the Winnipeg Model Railroad Club’s meeting on Friday, September 13 at 7:30PM at the Charleswood Legion, 6003 Roblin Boulevard. John Bate will demonstrate DCC techniques for running multiple locomotives in a consist. Then Dave Downie will make a presentation about the Delaware and Rutland, one of Canada’s oldest and largest model railroad clubs.

On September 14 and 15 the Assiniboine Valley Railway will hold an open house. They’re open from 11AM to 4PM on Saturday, and from 1PM to 4PM on Sunday at 3001 Roblin Boulevard.

On September 21 and 22 The Winnipeg Railway Museum will be holding their annual Railway Days celebration. Hours are from 10AM to 5PM on both days. The museum is located in the Via Rail Station at The Forks. While you’re there be sure to check out the CN 100 displays over at the Forks during that weekend.

On September 28 and 29 we have the Manitoba Mega Train Show, which will be held at Red River Exhibition Place, 3977 Portage Avenue (next to Assiniboia Downs) from 9AM to 5PM both days.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Felix Lesiuk's latest rain fanning adventures

Felix Lesiuk and Louis Lenz headed west on July 19 and August 14. On their first journey, they made it as far as Rivers, Manitoba and on their second trip they went as far as Moffat. There was still a lot of variety of motive power cruising around. A lot of the newer grain cars are starting to become more prevalent as well. As they were brand new, there hasn’t been any tagging on them yet. Felix also went along Hwy 221 and took some images CP’s recently upgraded motive power.






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.

Monday, August 05, 2019

Assiniboine Valley Railway holds their third open house this weekend

It's time to take another ride on the Assiniboine Valley Railway again, as they're holding their third open house of the year this weekend! They're open from 11:00AM to 4:00PM on Saturday, August 10, and from 1:00PM to 4:00PM on Sunday, August 11. 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.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

View WinNtrak's wonderful miniature world up close

Our roving correspondent Felix "scoop" Lesiuk took these great close up images of WinNtrak's layout which is housed beside the Prairie Dog Central's freight house. The detail is absolutely extraordinary!

Keep in mind that these images are from an N scale layout, which is about half the size of HO. You couldn't see this layout with the naked eye as close as you could with these images.

Felix, who is a long time WMRC member, is the past president of WinNtrak. He is currently their facility manager and also is in charge of their newsletter.








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.