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Indianhead Model Railroad Club - Eau Claire, WI

Coming Events

Jan 22
  6:30pm  K+S Layout Work Session
Jan 27
  6:00pm  Annual Dinner
Contact R. Carroll ASAP
Feb 14
 10:00am  Barron Cty MRC Show
Feb 15
 11:00am  Barron Cty MRC Show
Feb 24
  7:00pm  Regular Meeting
Mar 24
  7:00pm  Regular Meeting
Apr 11
    HGMR Show
Apr 12
    HGMR Show
Apr 28
  7:00pm  Regular Meeting
May 26
  7:00pm  Regular Meeting
Jul 12
    Steaming By The Water
Eau Claire

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
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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
2015 Annual CNWHS Convention
Joint with UPHS
June 4 - 7, 2014
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
A low cost end of track bumper
[From the Paul 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 12, 2015
Steaming by the Water
Phoenix Park Pavilion
Forest and Madison Street
Eau Claire, WI
Sunday: 11am - 4pm
FREE Admission

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).


January 17-18, 2015 (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 7, 2015 (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 14-15, 2015 (firm)
Barron County Model Railroad Club Show
Cedar Mall
2900 South Main
Rice Lake, WI
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 11am - 4pm

February 21-22, 2015 (firm)
Mad City Rail Show
Alliant Energy Center
Madison, WI
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 9am - 5pm


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).


July 5 - 11, 2015
National Garden Railway Convention
Denver, CO

August 23- 29, 2015
National Model Railroad Association Convention
Portland, OR

Other Train Shows

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