Saturday, May 15, 2021

Exclusive photos of the Canadian Pacific's 2816 excursion train in 2007


For one of our monthly photo displays this season Dave Downie dug into his files and submitted these images of the legendary CP 2816 excursion train which traveled through Manitoba from Calgary on its way to Milwaukee and Chicago in 2007. 

The trip was sponsored by CP Rail and the Friends of the 261, a Minneapolis based group which has restored and owns the Milwaukee Road's 261 steamer and a fleet of the famous Hiawatha passenger cars.   

The excursion train featured a mixed consist of vintage restored CP and Milwaukee Road passenger cars, including the famous sky top lounge Cedar Rapids observation car.  The 2816 double headed with the 261 from Minneapolis to La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Saturday, May 08, 2021

Draw prizes and a guest speaker featured at Winnipeg Model Railroad Club's virtual AGM

 Draw prizes (not exactly as shown) will be given out at the WMRC's 2021 AGM.

At our virtual Zoom AGM we will have our annual photo contest, awarding of trophies and even door prizes! How are we going to give out door prizes at a Zoom meeting? You'll have to attend to find out!

Our special guest speaker will be the International Plastic Modeller's Society of Winnipeg's President, Peter Kallenbach. Peter will talk about his organization, its history and their meetings. He will also talk about decals and describe some of his favorite techniques for applying decals. The Winnipeg IPMS group have been displaying their fine work at the Manitoba Mega Train shows for many years. 

 The meeting starts at 7:30PM on Friday, May 14. If you are not a member and wish to attend this Zoom meeting, please contact us before the meeting at to receive a link. Guests (even virtual ones) are always warmly welcomed!

Friday, April 30, 2021

Exclusive photos of Ed Mulholland's N gauge layout of northern England

For one of the club's monthly on-line photo displays, WMRC program director Dave Downie submitted three images from Ed Mulholland's spectacular N gauge layout. Ed, a retired school teacher who was born and raised in northern England, painstakingly recreated many scenes of his birthplace in his layout. He fully researched and photographed each structure and scene during his annual trips to his homeland. 

Ed's layout was even featured on CBC Radio (yes, radio) on Ron Robinson's weekend morning show. Sadly, this layout is no more, as Ed decided to switch scales and build an even more spectacular layout in HO gauge.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Assiniboine Valley Railway is being forced to move

The Assiniboine Valley Railway is being forced to move from its present location by October. The 1:8 scale 7.5" gauge railway was founded in 1995 by the late Bill Taylor on his seven acre property in Charleswood. When he died in 2013, the group was allowed to remain on the premises by his widow, Mary-Lou Taylor. No information has been released on whether they will be able to find another location. The railway has been closed to the public since 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Take a trip to Europe with Tommy Kuchera's rail fanning photos

Long time WMRC member Tommy Kuchera's rail fanning photos always stand out at the club's monthly photo display. Globe trotting Tommy has an impressive collection of railroad images that he's taken from his many trips overseas, and it's a delightful change of pace from the usual fare of Canadian and American photos that the club receives. 

Pictured above is an image he took of two vintage diesel locomotives from the East Lancashire Railway in the UK.  The East Lancashire Railway is a 12 1/2 mile heritage railway line in northwest England which runs between Heywood in Greater Manchester and Rawtenstall in Lancashire.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Winnipeg Model Railroad Club members submit structures they've modelled for the club's monthly photo display

Besides the usual rail fan photos, some of our members have also sent in images of the structures they’ve made for the club’s monthly photo display.

Ed Sibley sent in a photo of one of the structures on his layout, the Sibley Short Line Railroad. His scratch built lumber yard displays his considerable skills as a modeller.

Neil Carleton sent in one of his model, which is a Bar Mills kit that he bought a couple of years ago and finished recently. He considered making it more Manitoba specific but decided to stay with their plan.

Neil states that Bar Mills makes a very good kit with pieces that go together fairly easily, with laser cut wood and some self stick parts that layer up to give it a good shape.

Monday, April 05, 2021

Two great clinics scheduled for Winnipeg Model Railroad Club's April Zoom meeting

Above is a sample of Bobby Glendinning's layout and modelling work.

We have two great clinics for our April ZOOM meeting! Both clinicians are from out of province and will showcase different aspects of model railroading. 

First, Bobby Glendinning will present model railroading from a young engineer’s perspective. He will discuss how model railroading fits into a young husband and new father’s life, how electrical & software engineering skills benefit his hobby projects, and how he designed & scratch-built multiple 100-car HO-scale unit trains.He will also talk about the Sipping & Switching Society of North Carolina, describe their module standards, and show how they set up their 15,000-square foot modular layout every year. 

Then Ron Guttman will present the birth of an empire: Designing and building the Dolores & San Miguel Railroad. He will discuss the development of this railroad and how it is being transformed into an almost 300 square foot layout with about 250 feet of main line.

We will be holding our monthly on-line photo display for members only. One lucky entry will receive a $20 gift certificate, The deadline for submission is Friday, April 9, at 5:00 PM CST.

Our meeting starts at 7:30 PM CST on Friday, April 9. Members have already received the link allowing them to join in. If you are not a member and wish to join us, please email us at and you will be sent a link.


Thursday, April 01, 2021

Cliff Davidson finds some rare motive power in Winnipeg's CP yards

 While scouting Winnipeg's CP rail yards, long time WMRC member Cliff Davidson captured some great images of some rarely seen motive power. He got some shots of a Progress Rail engine, a BNSF engine sporting 25th anniversary colors, and a nifty CP heritage unit. 


Friday, March 26, 2021

Bob Harrison captures image of Herzog multipurpose unit on CN mainline

WMRC president Bob Harrison has been a regular contributor to the club's on-line photo display at our  monthly Zoom meetings. He caught this rare image of a Herzog maintenance of way multipurpose self propelled unit along the CN mainline by Wilkes avenue. He also contributed two other photos, a unique  Central Manitoba Railway triple lash-up and double stacks going over the bridge at The Forks on the CN mainline.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Dave Downie shares vintage railfan photos from the 80's

At a recent monthly digital photo display at a WMRC Zoom meeting, program director Dave Downie shared some unique photos that he took on a rail fanning trip in Beacon, New York in 1980. He caught some great images of motive power from fallen flags such as the Delaware and Hudson, Boston and Maine and Lehigh Valley. Dave took these images using a 35MM camera, back in the days when you had just 36 images per roll and you couldn't see what you shot until the prints (or the slides) came back from the lab!

Saturday, March 13, 2021

It's a train! It's a cake! It's a cake train!

And now for something completely different! For WMRC member Neil Carleton's 65th birthday, his wife Nancy Allan presented him with a cake in the shape of a CP switcher in the classic maroon and grey paint scheme. The cake was made at the Munch It Pastry Shop at 67 Goulet Street in the Dominion Centre in St. Boniface.  

Nancy took a picture of one of Neil's engines and the bakers did a sterling job of recreating it by using just cake and icing. They really nailed the colors! The lettering are decals stuck on to the icing.

Sunday, March 07, 2021

3d printing and a living room layout featured at Winnipeg Model Railroad Club's March virtual meeting

 At our next Zoom meeting Tyler Fedoroshyn will conduct a presentation on modelling with the aid of a 3D printer. Learn how 3D printing can be used to create realistic parts that aren’t available commercially. Tyler took the leap into 3D printing and has made a number of unique items for his model railroad. He will give an overview of his printer and the software he uses and show a number of items he has printed. 

Then Christopher Robinson will display his unique model railroad that replicates the Algoma Central's operations in Hawk Junction, Ontario. He'll describe the design and operation of the layout. Christopher has built a portable model railroad that captures the essence of the ACR, is fun to operate and occupies a place of prominence in his living room. 

We will be holding our members monthly photo display. An entry will be chosen by random, and will receive a $20 gift certificate. 

The Zoom meeting starts at 7:30PM on Friday, March12. If you are not a member and wish to attend this meeting, please contact us at Guests (even virtual ones) are always warmly welcomed!

Tyler made all of these parts using a 3D printer. See how he did it at our March meeting!

Thursday, March 04, 2021

Winnipeg Model Railroad club cancels 2021 spring open house

 The Winnipeg Model Railroad Club has cancelled their 2021 spring open house due to the restrictions concerning group meetings because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has only been the second time in 66 years that the WMRC spring open house has been cancelled.

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Janzen's Paint and Decorating stores in Manitoba also carry model railroad supplies

WMRC Vice President Ian Plett sent us these images of the model railroad equipment in Janzens' Paint and Decorating in Steinbach, Manitoba.

We're getting more and more great leads on where to get model railroad supplies in Manitoba, and all across Canada! In Steinbach,  Janzen’s Paint and Decorating has a pretty good stock. They carry mostly HO but they also have few items in N gauge. They have stores in Brandon and Winkler that also carry model railroad equipment.

In other places in Canada, you can also check out Pacific Western Rail Systems in Surrey, B.C. , Otter Valley Railroad in Aylmer, Ontario and Canadian Express Line in Brighton, Ontario. 

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Our readers respond with sugggestions of many other places to buy model railroad supplies

Kelly's Kaboose in Savona, B.C. is one of the many stores where you can order model railroad equipment.

Since our last posting about the closing of Cellar Dweller Hobbies, we’ve received from our readers several other places in Winnipeg and Canada that either carry model railroad equipment, or can order it in for you.

Presently, Warehouse Hobbies at 265 Rouge Road is only place in town that deals exclusively in model railroad equipment. They have a small stock, but they can order anything you want in any gauge, and their service is excellent. They don’t have a web site, but you can contact them by phoning 204-837-7887.

Prairie Shadows Model Railway Co. is an online model railroad shop operating out of Winnipeg. They carry HO and N gauge. Their web site is

Eliminator RC specializes in R/C cars and planes, but they do carry some train sets and Woodland Scenic items, and they can also order in for you. Check out their web site at

Hobby Sense is a Brick and Mortar store located near the St. Vital Centre. They carry plastic model kits, puzzles, paints, tools and supplies, but they can order in Bachmann and Atlas.

If you’re into European trains you can mail order from Eurorail Hobbies in British Columbia at Kelly’s Kaboose in Savona, B.C. carries all gauges from G to N. You can contact them at


Friday, February 19, 2021

Cellar Dweller Hobby Supply will be closing soon

It is with great regret that we announce that Cellar Dweller Hobby Supply will be closing soon, due to the untimely death of Kerry Fingler, the son of the owner, Jerry Fingler.

Cellar Dweller has been serving the hobby for 49 years. Its closing leaves only two other shops, Toad Hall Toys and Warehouse Hobbies that still cater to model railroaders. No date has been set for the stores closing.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Canadian Museum for Human Rights honours Canada's black sleeping car porters

In honour of Black History month, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights has posted a moving article about Canada's black sleeping car porters who worked for the CPR and the CNR. Although the position was considered a good job for black Canadians, they were subject to various hardships such as not having a place to sleep during a grueling 72 hour run. You can read the post by clicking here

There is also a short animation posted on You Tube concerning the organization of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, produced by Historica Canada, which you can view by clicking here.

Monday, February 08, 2021

Two great clinics on tap for Winnipeg Model Railroad Club's February Zoom meeting

The WMRC will present two great clinics at their next virtual meeting in February. First, Tommy Kucera will present "A CPR supervisor's journal book", which is an artifact from the 1930s used by at least 3 CPR supervisors in the Western region. It is neither a log book or a diary, but a compendium of odds-and-ends that the supervisors found interesting, useful and important. 

After that, WMRC Secretary Marvin Fetch will present "The Carson & Cobourg Railroad". Marvin and his good friend Vern Gibson have been building one of Winnipeg's finest model railroads with unsurpassed levels of detail. He will describe the construction and operation of this masterpiece while showing photos of the layout. 

The club will still be holding their monthly Photo Contest. Members can send in their photos (model or prototype) to Bart Hasselfield at The photos will be shown at the meeting during the break. One lucky entry will win a $20 gift certificate. The deadline for submissions is 5:00pm on Friday, Feb 12.

The meeting starts on-line at 7:30 PM on Friday, February 12. Members have already received the Zoom link. If you are not a member and wish to attend the virtual meeting, please contact us at Guests (even virtual ones) are always warmly welcomed!

Wednesday, February 03, 2021

Winnipeg Model Railroad Club mourns passing of Kerry Fingler of Cellar Dweller Hobby Supply

Kerry Fingler of Cellar Dweller Hobby Supply Limited passed away on January 7, 2021 after a brief illness.

Kerry Fingler was the son of Cellar Dweller Supply owner Gerry Fingler, who founded the shop in 1972. He had been around the hobby of model building all his life. He worked at Cellar Dweller since 1976, first part-time while attending school and then full-time after attending Red River College.
Kerry’s hobbies and interests comprised almost everything they sold in the store, including scale modelling, R/C planes, cars, model rockets and stunt kites. His outgoing personality and enjoyment in dealing with people was an important part of Cellar Dweller.

He is survived by his wife Brenda, daughter Lauren and son-in-law Ken, grandson Logan, parents Gerry and Anita and his brother Randy. A private family service will take place at a later date.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Lester Breuer models a Southern Pacific boxcar

Our good friend Lester Breuer is an active member of the NMRA’s TLR (Thousand Lakes Region) division. He is also a Master Model Railroader (MMR), and he lives in Plymouth, Minnesota. He has a blog titled The Minneapolis and Northland Railroad Company, in which he tracks his modelling projects step-by-step from start to finish in a very user friendly, easy to follow format. 

Lester’s latest project is a Sunshine Models resin Southern Pacific kit of a single-sheathed rebuilt boxcar. We have found that the “how to” posts we have had on this blog have been very popular, and we have not seen anyone who does these posts is such detail better than Lester Breuer. You can see how he built this model by clicking here.


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Take a ride on the Tshiuetin railway in Northern Quebec

Looking for a unique rail fanning experience? Want to get away from it all? Then take a ride on the Tshiuetin railway in Northern Quebec!

Tshiuetin Rail Transportation runs Canada’s only privately owned passenger rail service. It is owned by three First Nations in the region. Tshiuetin means “north wind”. They run a twice weekly passenger train from Sept-Îles to Schefferville, Quebec. The head end crew and track for the 132.5 mile trip are provided by the Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railway, which is owned by the Iron Ore Company of Canada.

You find more about them by going to their web site at There is a good thread about the train on and a CBC documentary on YouTube.

 Our good friend Steve Boyko, author of the popular rail fanning blog, Confessions of a Train Geek, also has an excellent post about long time WMRC member Alan Graham's journey on the train, which he rode in 2017. You can read all about his adventures in Northern Quebec by going to

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Watch the history of Winnipeg's Union Station

This year marks the 110th anniversary of the opening of Winnipeg's Union Station. Ten years ago, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) produced a 15 minute documentary retrospective to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the station. The film played on a loop in a special display at the station to celebrate its anniversary and its recent refurbishment. You can view the film by clicking here

Sunday, January 03, 2021

Learn how to hold it all together at the Winnipeg Model Railroad Club's next virtual meeting

At the WMRC's next virtual meeting past president Larry Leavens will show you how to "hold it all together" with a presentation about using glue and mechanical fasteners for bench work, scenery and modelling.

We'll also have Ivan Paradis, who will make a presentation about his layout, the Elva Subdivision of the CNR. Ivan will provide a tour of his layout describing his design logic and many other features. He will also talk about the use of scenic dividers, how different elements come together and the "scale distances" between them. 

The meeting starts on Zoom on Friday, January 8, 2021 at 7:30PM. All members will be sent an email provided with a link. If you are not a member and wish to attend, please email us at Guests are always warmly welcomed, even virtual ones!