Saturday, May 29, 2021

More great photos from the Winnipeg Model Railroad Club's annual photo contest for 2021

Felix Lesiuk submitted this timely and humorous "social distancing" locomotive for the photo contest.

We had such great photos submitted for our annual photo contest that we decided to post more of them! The model contest was held at the club's virtual GM, which was held on Zoom on Friday, May 14. This week we're featuring the model contest entries. 

Felix Lesiuk tickled our funny bone with a "socially distant" BNSF Geep wearing a mask. Christopher Robinson submitted two o=images of his great Algoma Central model work. Cliff Davidson showed us a CP and a Kansas City Southern (soon to be CP?) unit coming out of the same tunnel. Ed Hector sent in a model or a water tower that he's been working on. 

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Winners of Winnipeg Model Railroad Club's 2021 annual photo contest announced

Long time WMRC members Felix Lesiuk and Dave Downie have won the club's annual photo contest for 2021. The winners were announced at the club's AGM, which was held on Zoom on May 14 by photo contest chair Bart Hasslefield. 

Felix, who has served in the past as the club's photo contest chair, won in the prototype category. Felix is a dedicated and talented rail fan photographer, and his images have graced the posts of this blog and the WMRC Facebook page for many years.

Dave won in the model category. Dave is currently the club's program director, which is a position he has held previously. He has also served two separate terms as the club's president.

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!