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.