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.