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Indianhead Model Railroad Club - Eau Claire, WI

Coming Events

Oct 21
  6:30pm  Kernels and Sanders Layout
Work Session
Oct 28
  7:00pm  Regular Meeting
Nov 8
    At Trainfest
with K&S Layout
Nov 9
    At Trainfest
with K&S Layout
Nov 25
  7:00pm  Regular Meeting

Meeting Schedule

Monthly Meeting
Usually the 4th Tues at 7:00pm
Layout Work Session
Usually the 1st Thursday and 3rd Tuesday 6:30pm
Join with us at:
North end of Old Hobby Junction store building
1717 Western Avenue
Eau Claire, WI
Across from Lyman Lumber
     Click for bigger map

Welcome to the Indianhead Model Railroad Club Website

We are a group of train fans who live in west central Wisconsin, an area often called the Indianhead country. We like to get together to talk trains, build models and layouts, run trains, go to trains shows, watch and photograph trains, ride trains and trolleys, read about railroad history and future developments and enjoy being together doing most anything train related.

Model railroading is fun!

That has been the motto of the hobby for many decades. It's true for train fans of all ages. Let's keep it that way and share the fun with others.

Model railroading has ties to the past and to the future. It goes back to at least 1825 when Joseph Ritter von Baader built a model railway in a park at the Nymphenburg Palace in Munich, Germany. Not long after full size railways were being built in Europe, companies started making toy trains. Early ones were push toys, later wind-up motors were added. Some were live steam powered and finally electrically powered trains came on the market. Modern digital computer control and automation of model trains is becoming common place in the hobby. With a smart phone or tablet one can remotely control a model train thousands of miles away via the Internet.

Full size trains have had a critical role in the industrial revolution. Now millions of people travel daily to work or play on railroads. Millions of tons of freight are moved long distances by trains. These needs have pushed transportation technology forward. Now passengers may travel at speeds in excess of 150 miles per hour. Magnetic levitation provides frictionless movement on some railway lines.

Some model railways have been designed to faithfully mimic these full size modern railroads often including exacting detail. Others prefer to model historic railroads. Some modellers take a Monet-like approach creating their own impression of a railroad, be it a real one or an imaginary one. Some use modern commercially produced trains while others are fascinated by classic toy trains of 50 to 100 years ago.

Model railroading is a great family hobby. Kids may start with toy trains like Thomas the Tank Engine or Lego trains. As they learn and grow, with parents and siblings, layouts may be built on the floor, on boards, shelves, tables, even outside in the garden. Since our talents vary some may prefer to operate the trains. The ones with an enginering aptitude may like laying track, building train cars and structures or animations or working on electrical needs. Those digitally inspired individuals may find control systems of great interest or sharing the hobby through websites, blogs, etc. The artistic types often find painting and weathering trains or sculpting scenery fulfilling. To the gardener a garden railway is just the thing to combine these interests. Skills developed through model railroading may be applied to other aspects of life and visa versa. Vacations can be planned around a railroading interest. It's a place where reality and imagination can mix with seriousness and fun. It's no wonder some call it the World's Greatest Hobby.

Railroad Historical Society Conventions

     soo logo Soo Line Historical and Technical Society
37th Annual Convention
Hudson, WI
         cnw logo Chicago & North Western Historical Society
2014 Annual CNWHS Convention
May 15 - 18, 2014
La Crosse, WI
     milw logo Milwaukee Road Historical Association
2014 Annual Convention
June 26 - 29. 2014
Rock Island, Il
         UP logo Union Pacific Historical Society
2014 Annual Convention
July 30 - Aug 2, 2014
Ogden, UT

Name that Structure Quiz

Pictures for the "Name that Structure" quiz are needed. Let's keep this to railroad structures located in the Indianhead area of Wisconsin as first choice and other Wisconsin railroad structures when we run out of them.

Submit your guess to the club webmaster. (See Contact Us for the email address.) Specify the location of the structure and the railroad that owns it, if known. Your guess and name (optional) will be listed here.

Name that Structure
Now in use daily, part quite old, part quite new
[From the Chris Almquist collection.]

Previous Structures

Local Train Shows

April 11-12, 2015
Happy Grandparents Model Train Show
Menomonie Middle School
920 21st Street South
Menomonie, WI
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 10am - 3pm

July ?, 2015
Steaming by the Water
Phoenix Park Pavilion
Forest and Madison Street
Eau Claire, WI
Sunday: 11am - 4pm

October 10-11, 2015
Indianhead MRC Show (That's us !!)
Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center
3456 Craig Road
Eau Claire, WI
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 10am - 4pm

Regional Train Shows

Some of the following dates are tentative. They are based on the weekend in the month of the previous year. Once a date has been confirmed it is marked (firm) otherwise it is marked (tent).


October 4-5, 2014 (firm)
Steamin' Over To Marshfield
Hub City Central Train Show
Marshfield Community Center
201 S. Oak Avenue
Marshfield, WI
Saturday: 10am - 5:00pm
Sunday: 10am - 4:00pm

October 18, 2014 (firm)
Newport Model RR Club Show and Sale
Vendor tables available
Woodbury High School
2665 Woodlane Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125
Saturday: 9:30am-3:00pm

November 8-9, 2014 (firm)
Wisconsin Exposition Center
State Fair Park
Milwaukee (West Allis), WI
Saturday: 9am - 5:30pm
Sunday: 9am - 5:30pm

National Train Shows

Some of the following dates are tentative. They are based on the weekend in the month of the previous year. Once a date has been confirmed it is marked (firm) otherwise it is marked (tent).


The World's Greatest Hobby On Tour
January 4-5, 2014 - Cleveland, OH
January 11-12, 2014 - Houston, TX
January 18-19, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA

Feb 6-8, 2014
O Scale West
Santa Clara, CA

May 21-22, 2014
East Coast Large Scale Train Show
York, Pennsylvania

No convention in 2014
National Z Scale Convention
Kansas City, MO

May 5-10, 2014
National Garden Railway Convention
Tampa, FL

June 21 - June 28, 2014
TCA National Convention
Philadelphia, PA

June 25 - June 29, 2014
National N Scale Convention
Roanoke, VA

July 13 - July 20, 2014
NMRA National Convention
Cleveland, OH

July 23 - July 27, 2014
NASG National Convention (S Scale)
Oconomowoc, WI

Other Train Shows

For other areas and shows Google Train Shows. Also see this directory:
A directory of North American trains show Facebook Page