Friday, February 22, 2019

21 Vintage train cars have been converted into Air BnB's

Are your a rail fan looking to get away from it all? Have we got deals for you! Check out his article from Country Living that lists 21 places where vintage rail cars have been converted into Air B&B's! They're mostly cabooses, such as this beauty in Prince Edward Island, but there are some surprises.

There are a few other Canadian listings, but for Winnipeggers, the closest one is in East Cook, Minnesota, near the Canadian border and Lake Superior. If you want to check them out, and book one of these fabulous places, go to:

Monday, February 18, 2019

Virginia Braun displays two structures at Winnipeg Model Railroad Club's monthly model display

WMRC member Virginia Braun displayed a Walthers Cornerstone Laser cut Pump house kit at our December meeting. She painted both sides with a mixture of India Ink and 99% isopropyl alcohol, which prevents warping. She assembled it using Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue, which dries clear. She then weathered the walls by dry brushing them with white acrylic paint.

She also displayed Pete’s Market, an Osborn Model Kit. To prevent warping she used a stain marker to paint the inside floor. The outside walls were painted with acrylic paint. She used an acrylic grey wash for the front step.

The fruit stands were just put together and then the fruits and vegetables were painted. She carefully removed the excessive laser burns around the windows and other parts of the kit.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

WinNtrak displays at Grant Park Shopping Centre this weekend

Those magnificent men with their N Gauge machines are back! WinNtrak will be displaying their marvelous N Gauge modular layout at Grant Park Shopping Centre this weekend!

You can catch them on Saturday, February 16 from 10:00AM to 6:00PM. On Sunday, February 17, they'll be displaying from 12:00PM to 5:00PM, and on Monday, February 18,  they'll be running from 12:00AM to 5:00PM. If you've got any shopping to do, then why not do it at Grant Park this weekend and catch the trains as well?

Saturday, February 09, 2019

An inventive new "no duck-under" design for modular layouts

 Unless you're really into limbo dancing, there's no need to duck under this back saving design!

Our good friend Zenon Lisakowski sent us this link to a terrific new blog titled Rupert's Insights.
It's done by Rupert James,  a CPA living in Regina, Saskatchewan and an avid model railroader who is a member of the Echo Valley Railroad Guild, who displayed at last year's Manitoba Mega Train Show. 

In this post, he displays his "no duck-under" drawbridge design that he created and built for his club's modular group, and he attests that it's quite the back saver! Read all about his creation by going to Rupert's Insights.

Monday, February 04, 2019

Two great clinics at Winnipeg Model Railroad Club's February meet

Learn how to expertly weather your rolling stock with Pan Pastels at our February meet!

We have two great clinics featured at our February meet! The first clinic is titled “Scenery – the ’S’ word in Model Railroading”. Scenery is usually the first thing that we see when we visit a model railroad yet it often presents a challenge to model railroaders. Learn where you can go to get the best advice.

There will also be a short presentation of photos showcasing one of Winnipeg’s newest model railroads.

The second clinic will be about weathering With Pan Pastels, which will include some samples of freight cars weathered using the technique.

The meeting starts at 7:30PM on Friday, February 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!

Monday, January 28, 2019

John Bate exhibits N scale signal at Winnipeg Model Railroad Club's monthly model display

WMRC treasurer John Bate brought in this nifty N scale 2-over-2 signal that he has been working on to the club's monthly model display. He started with a laser-etched brass kit from Train Cat Models (now no longer available). It was assembled with CA, then some parts were re-done with solder. Some old lumpy steel colored paint gave it a rather poor finish. It was then modified to enable the installation of four extremely tiny LEDs.

There are eight wires hand-threaded through the main vertical tube. The Styrene parts below the signal are to enable it to be easily inserted and removed from the layout. An Arduino with a short test program is being used to cycle all of the LEDs to test them.

Monday, January 21, 2019

January rail fanning with Felix Lesiuk

Our intrepid staff photographer Felix Lesiuk and Louis lenz braved the cold January weather and headed west on what was supposed to be a bright, sunny day! They made it as far west as Moffatt, where it was very foggy. They caught Via's Canadian speeding by at 75mph, a new CP grain hopper with their new logo design in Portage la Prairie and a variety of air repeater cars on the CN mainline. Other than the lack of sunshine, they had a great day!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Norm Leathers shows his Aerotrain model at Winnipeg Model railroad Club's monthly model display

In the 1950’s General Motors was asked to produce a lightweight high speed passenger train. The result was the GM Aerotrain which consisted of a streamlined locomotive and cars which were widened GM bus bodies. The four wheeled cars were rough riding and though some railroads tried them, no railroads bought them. Bowser eventually bought the dies from Varney for an ‘HO’ version and this is what Norm started with.

The Bowser kit was not powered and so Norm started by sawing off the cross member of the frame that was supported by the front truck. An Athearn switcher was used for power. The switcher body was removed and the frame was cut in front of the rear truck.

The frames of the kit and the switcher were filed so that the locomotive would be level when the frames were joined. The frames were joined using epoxy cement. The frames were placed so that the plastic bearing covers were in the proper positions at the ends of the switcher axles. A decoder was fitted to the Athearn Chassis.

The wheels on the cars were pushed into slots on the ends of posts fitted to the cars. Friction was so great that the locomotive could not pull the three cars in the set. Parts from Rivarossi three axle passenger trucks were modified to accommodate Kadee wheel sets. The locomotive now easily pulls eight cars.

Norm leathers is seen viewing an actual Aerotrain at a railway museum in the states.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

WinNtrak to display at Kildonan Place Shopping Centre this weekend

Those cute and cuddly guys at WinNtrak will be displaying all weekend at Kildonan Place Shopping Centre this weekend during regular mall hours. They'll be up an running their magnificent N gauge modular layout at the KP centre court from 9:30AM to 6:00PM on Saturday, January 12, and from 11:00AM to 6:00PM on Sunday, January 13. Kildonan Place Shopping Centre is located at 1555 regent avenue.

Monday, January 07, 2019

Winnipeg Model Railroad Club's January meeting features modelling Fowler box cars

We start the new year with 2 clinics from a pair of long time WMRC members. First off, Marcel Blair will conduct a clinic about modelling the Fowler box car. Marcel will talk about the history of the Fowler box car and then talk about how he creates his models.

Next on tap we'll have Cliff Davidson will hold a clinic titled "The summer of 2018".  Cliff loves to rail fan and he did a lot of rail fanning last year. He will entertain us with just a few of the highlights of what he was able to catch at track side.

The meeting starts at 7:30PM on Friday, January 11, 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!