Thursday, February 27, 2020

Exclusive images of Rail Travel Tour's summer excursion to Churchill

Our intrepid staff photographer and long time WMRC member Felix Lesiuk also has a gig as a tour guide for Rail Travel Tours. He sent us several images of his most recent rail excursion to Churchill, Manitoba in July of 2019. You're not going to see any whales or polar bears on this post, but we have plenty of trains!

Outside of some spectacular sunsets, he captured a rare glimpse in The Pas of Via Rail's service to Putakawagan, featuring an unusual paint job of their former CN Rail coaches. This is the only route where Via still uses CN passenger rolling stock.

Felix also used his cell phone to track the actual speed of the Churchill train as it crossed the barrens. It's barreling along at a breakneck speed of 14.4 MPH!

He also took images of several small bridges along the route. Note the condition of the track. There's a reason why the train is going so slow!

Friday, February 21, 2020

Winnipeg Model Railroad Club unveils new logo for their 65th anniversary

Coming soon to a shirt near you! To celebrate the 65th anniversary of the club's founding in 1955, the WMRC has issued a new logo. It was designed by WMRC social media director and blog editor Paul Ullrich, who has won five awards for his artwork. Vice president Ian Plett, who spearheaded the project, is having the logos printed on shirts which will be available for sale in the near future.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Exclusive photos of WinNtrak's N gauge display at Grant Park Shopping Centre

Here are some great pictures that WMRC member Wayne Hillsden took of WinNtrak's N gauge modular railway, which was on display at Grant Park Shopping Centre this weekend. Those lads at WinNtrak really know how to put on a great show, not to mention the tremendous effort they take setting up and taking down a layout this size in one weekend. Enjoy!

Saturday, February 15, 2020

WinNtrak at Grant Park Shopping Centre this weekend

The friendly folks at WinNtrak will be displaying their N gauge modular railway at Grant Park Shopping Centre this weekend, setting up near the MLCC Liquor Mart. They’ll be running trains during mall hours, from 10:00PM to 6:00PM on Saturday, February 15 and from 12:00PM to 5:00PM on Saturday, February 16. For more information on WinNtrak go to

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Learn how to use 3D printing software at the Winnipeg Model Railroad Club's next event

We have 2 great clinics for the February meeting! First Larry Leavens will talk about track. To the novice some of the terminology can be confusing. What does DCC friendly really mean? He will discuss some of the common and uncommon topics that is associated with model train track, set a few things straight and show us a few tricks along the way.

   Then John Bate will present part one of a clinic about 3D printing. John will show how to create and print a 3D model using the free SketchUp program. He will do a demonstration of the software and talk about some of the fundamental rules and principles while creating a simple 3D model of a small yard office building. The completed file will be sent to a 3D printing site. All the steps of the process from beginning to end will be shown. The finished building will be brought to a future meeting so that the result can be seen.

The fun starts on Friday, February 14 at 7:30PM at the Charleswood Legion, 6003 Roblin Boulevard. The canteen will be open, and we'll have our monthly model and photo display, as well as our 50/50 draw. Not a member? Not a problem! Guests are always warmly welcomed.