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     This page contains events and news of interest to our members and supporters.  If  you know of any
event or activity that may be of interest, please send us the info at least one month prior to the event.
     Items are posted as time and space permit.  Although we try our best to be accurate, information is
gathered from various sources. We cannot be liable for changes in information.  For complete details, contact
the sponsoring organizations.  Some links can be found on our links page, for others, simply do a Google
     For information and discussions posted by our members, and more up-to-date info on events, check our
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May 2015

May 2 - Waukesha County Gandy Dancers - Model Train Layout - Open House - 4pm to 9pm
831 N. Grand - Waukesha, WI -

May 3 - Great Midwest Train Show - Largest Swap & Sell Show In Midwest - 9:30am to 3pm.
Du Page County Fairgrounds - Wheaton, IL

May 9 - Illinois Railway Museum - Scout Day - Union, IL

May 9 & 10 - Mid-Continent Railroad Museum - Mom's Day's - North Freedom, WI

May 10 - Fox River Trolley Museum - Mom's Day - South Elgin, IL

May 10 - Illinois Railway Museum - Mom's Day - Union, IL

May 15 - MSOE All Star Railroad Night - Program: "America's Military Railroads" - 7:30pm.
Milwaukee School Of Engineering - 1025 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, WI

May 16 - The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Transit Historical Society - Program "Chicago Electrics - "L" and CA&E"
7:30pm - Chase Bank - 4702 S. Packard, Cudahy, WI -

May 16 & 17 - Illinois Railway Museum - Railway Post Office Day - Union, IL

May 22 - Central Electric Railfan's Assn. - Program "CTA Green Hornet Streetcar Disaster". - 7:30pm.
University Center, 525 S. State, Chicago, IL. -

May 23, 24 & 25 - Illinois Railway Museum -
Memorial Weekend - Member's Day's - Union, IL

May 30 - East Troy Electric Railroad - Teddy Bear Train - East Troy, WI

May 30 & 31 - Fox River Trolley Museum - Rails To Victory, WWII re-enactment - South Elgin, IL

May 30 & 31 - Mid-Continent Railroad Museum - WWII Tribute - North Freedom, WI

May 30 & 31 - Kenosha Public Museum - Model Trains Layouts On Display - Kenosha, WI

June  2015

June 14 - Great Midwest Train Show - Largest Swap & Sell Show In Midwest - 9:30am to 3pm - Du Page County
Fairgrounds, Wheaton, IL

June 14 - Kane County Train Show - Buy- Sell - Trade - 10am to 3pm - Kane County Fairgrounds - St. Charles, IL

June 20 - Waukesha County Gandy Dancers - Model Train Layout - Open House - 4pm to 9pm

831 N. Grand - Waukesha, WI -

June 20 - Mid-Continent Railway Museum - Dad's Day
Weekend, BBQ on Saturday - North Freedom, WI

June 20 - Illinois Railway Museum - Chicago Day - Union, IL

June 21 - Fox River Trolley Museum - Father's Day - South Elgin, IL

June 21 - Illinois Railway Museum - Father's Day - Union, IL

June 26 - Central Electric Railfan's Assn. Program - "Wisconsin Traction Twilight". - 7:30pm.
University Center - 525 S. State  - Chicago, IL -

June 27 - East Troy Electric Railroad - Railfan Day - East Troy, WI

June 27 & 28 - Galesburg Railroad Days - Exhibits - Swap Meet - Entertainment - Food - Galesburg, IL

JULY 2015

July 3, 4, & 5 - Illinois Railway Museum - Independence Weekend - Traction Weekend - Union, IL

July 4 - Fox River Trolley Museum - Red, White & Blue Discount Day ($2.00 Rides) - South Elgin, IL

July 10 thru Aug 21 - Camp 5 Museum - Laona & Northern - Grandparent's Fridays - Laona, WI

July 18 & 19 - Illinois Railway Museum - Diesel Days - Union, IL

June 27 - East Troy Electric Railroad - Chicago Day - East Troy, WI


MODEL RAILROAD CLUB OF MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee's oldest "O" Scale club and layout.
Same location since 1937.  Steam - Diesel - Traction
Open Mondays (except last Monday of month) 1:30pm to 4:00pm
Third Friday of Month 7:00pm to 9:00pm.  Last Sunday of month 1:30pm to 4:00pm.
215 E. National Ave - Under the CP Tracks - Building was the former Milwaukee Road "Allis" station, built into the south
bridge abutment.

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & INDUSTRY - When in Chicago, check out the huge HO Model Layout at the museum.  Over
34 Trains.  More than 500 buildings and structures.  Scenery that takes you on trip through the country from Chicago to
Seattle.  Also, check the Burlington Zephyr.


Thousands of our servicemen and women are miles from home, often for extended periods, and often in very
uncomfortable and dangerous situations.
The U.S.O. provides some relief and comfort to them through entertainment, internet service, phone access and
other amenities.
The U.S.O. is not government funded.  They rely entirely on your donations.
A bumper sticker saying you "Support Our Troops" is nice.  But, if you really care, back it up with some cash.
Send your contributions to U.S.O. - PO Box 96860 - Washington, DC 20077


Milwaukee transit fans have a repository for photos, documents, videos, movies, and artifacts.  
"Milwaukee Transit Archives & Museum" is now a reality.  Established as a non-profit corporation, the goal of the
center is to catalog, preserve and exhibit items related to Milwaukee area transit history.
Located at 2270 South 102nd Street in West Allis.  It is presently open by appointment only.

You can contact them at (262) 909-3721 or visit their website. (See our links page).

South Shore Line (NICTD) has presented plans to enter the South Bend airport from the west end instead of the east.  After
years of planning, a new route could be built eliminating the present route which is longer, slower and has several grade
crossings.  Other proposals are to finally take the trains of the streets of Michigan City.  One of the more interesting ideas is to
tear down the houses along the street, and move the tracks oven onto a private right-of-way.  This posting has been here for a
long time.  These proposals have been in the news for years, and are still being discussed.  Will they ever actually happen?

Did you know
SOO Line 1003 steam engine is on display at the Wisconsin Automotive Museum in Hartford, WI?
It occasionally leaves for excursions and publicity appearances for Wisconsin & Southern RR.

Ozaukee County Historical Society restored the Milwaukee Northern/TMER&L Cedarburg Interurban Station for their
use as offices and displays.   If you have any photos or materials you would like to donate, or loan, it would be appreciated.  
The station is open at various times, check their website for info. -

Milwaukee's proposal for a streetcar loop through downtown to the East Side seems to be moving ahead with engineering
studies.  It had been stalled by dispute over who should bear the expense of moving underground utilities.  Now, there is some
thought to a new route avoiding streets with the most underground utilities.  The Mayor is also looking into alternative ways to
finance the project, including creating a T.I.F. District.  He also admits this line is only the first step.  Other lines would reach
Bay View (perhaps all the way to the airport), UWM and Marquette University. Facebook Page