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West Wisconsin Railroad Club - Eau Claire, WI

Coming Events

Nov 24
  7:00pm  Regular Meeting
Dec 16
  6:30pm  Operations Committee 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 the building
1717 Western Avenue
Eau Claire, WI
Across from Lyman Lumber
     Click for bigger map

Welcome to the new West Wisconsin Railroad Club

What's that name again? Yes, we are now the West Wisconsin Railroad Club! For many years we were known as the Indianhead Model Railroad Club. The club has been going through a reorganization that will bring new opportunities to the club. One of these is a "permanent" home, as permanent as life gets and as long as we pay the rent. We will begin building a permanent layout. Our modular and sectional layouts are not going away. We will still be taking them to shows and other venues. Bylaws have been written and adopted and we have been granted 501c3 status by the IRS so tax deductible donations may be made to the club.

What about membership? We are, of course, open to new members. For more information please go to our Membership page. Two levels of membership are available.

We are a group of train fans who live in Western Wisconsin. 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
38th Annual Convention
Sept, 2016
Duluth, MN
         cnw logo Chicago & North Western Historical Society
2015 Annual CNWHS Convention
Joint with UPHS
June 4 - 7, 2015
Omaha, NE
     milw logo Milwaukee Road Historical Association
2015 Annual Convention
June 18 - 21, 2015
Yakima, WA
         UP logo Union Pacific Historical Society
2015 Annual Convention
June 4 - 7, 2015
Omaha, NE

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
Builders Plate on what bridge? Photo taken in 2009. Bridge in use as part of a bike trail.
[From the Roger Elliott collection.]

Previous Structures

Local Train Shows

Happy Grandparents Model Train Show
On hold until further notice

July , 2016
Steaming by the Water
Phoenix Park Pavilion
Forest and Madison Street
Eau Claire, WI
Sunday: 11am - 4pm
FREE Admission

October 7-8, 2016(Tent)
WWRC Show (That's us !!)
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 tentative (tent).


November 7-8, 2015 (firm)
Great Train Expo
Canterbury Park
Shakopee, MN
Saturday: 10am - 4:00pm
Sunday: 10am - 4:00pm

November 14-15, 2015 (firm)
Wisconsin Exposition Center
State Fair Park
Milwaukee (West Allis), WI
Saturday: 9am - 5:30pm
Sunday: 9am - 5:30pm

November 14, 2015 (tent)
Granite City Train Show
National Gaurd Armory
1710 Vetran's Drive
St Cloud, MN
Saturday: 10am - 3:00pm
Informational Flyer

November 21, 2015 (tent)
Greater Upper Midwest Train Show & Sale
A swap meet
Century College West Campus
3300 Century Ave. North
White Bear Lake, MN
Saturday: 9am - 2:00pm

November 7, 2015 - February 27, 2016(firm)
Night Trains
Bandana Square
1021 Bandana blvd E, Suite 222
St Paul, MN 55108
See website for dates and times

December 5-6, 2015 (tent)
Train Show
Albert Lea, MN 55102


January 16, 2016 (firm)
Newport Model RR Club Show and Sale
Woodbury High School
2665 Woodlane Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125
Saturday: 9:30am-2:00pm

January 16-17, 2016 (firm)
The Artic Run Train Show
Central Wisconsin Model Railroaders
Holiday Inn Convention Center Hotel
1001 Amber Avenue
Stevens Point, WI 54482
Saturday: 9am-5pm
Sunday: 10am-4pm

February 6, 2016 (firm)
Greater Upper Midwest Train Show and Sale
Century College
3300 Century Ave. N
White Bear Lake, MN
Saturday: 9am-2pm
Admission: Adults $5
Under 12: Free

February 13-14, 2016 (firm)
Barron County Model Railroad Club Show
Cedar Mall
2900 South Main
Rice Lake, WI
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 11am - 4pm

February 20-21, 2016 (firm)
Mad City Rail Show
Alliant Energy Center
Madison, WI
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 9am - 5pm

March 6, 2016 (firm)
Metro Model Railroad Club Show
Circle B Recreation
6261 Hwy 60
Cedarburg, WI
Sunday: 9am - 4pm

March 21-22, 2015 (firm)
Model Railroad Show
La Crosse Center North Hall
300 Harborview Plaza
La Crosse, WI
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 10am - 4pm
Admission: 6$

April 9 - 10, 2016 (firm)
Randolph Railroad Days Train Show
29110 Davisson Avenue
Randolph, MN
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 10am - 3pm
2016 Show Flyer (pdf)

April 16, 2016 (tent)
Newport Train Club Show
Woodbury High School
2665 Woodlane Drive
Woodbury, MN
Saturday: 9:30am-2pm

October 15, 2016 (tent)
Newport Model RR Club Show and Sale
Woodbury High School
2665 Woodlane Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125
Saturday: 9:30am-2:00pm

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 9-10, 2016 - Indianapolis, IN
January 16-17, 2016 - Chicago, IL
February 6-7, 2016 - St. Paul, MN
February 20-21, 2016 - San Antonio, TX
March 5-6, 2016 - Kansas City, MO

National Model Railroad Association Convention
July 3- 10, 2016
Indianapolis, IN

National Garden Railway Convention
July 4 - 10, 2016
San Francisco, CA

National Association of S Gaugers Convention
Aug 10 - 14, 2016
Novi, MI

National N Scale Convention
June 29 - July 3, 2016
Kansas City, KS

TCA National Convention
June 18 - June 26, 2016
Houston, TX


National Garden Railway Convention
July 11 - 15, 2017
Tulsa, OK

National Model Railroad Association Convention
July 30 - August 5, 2017
Orlando, FL

TCA National Convention
June 24 - July 2, 2017
Pittsburgh, PA


National Garden Railway Convention
June, 2018
Atlanta, GA

National Model Railroad Association Convention
August 5 - 12, 2018
Kansas City, MO

Other Train Shows

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