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West Wisconsin Railroad Club - Eau Claire, WI

Coming Events 2017

Feb 15
  6:30pm  Operations Night
Feb 18
  1:00pm  All Member Fun Run
Feb 27
  7:00pm  Regular Meeting
Mar 4
  1:00pm  Full Member Invitational Day
Mar 24
    Randolph Train Show
May attend ??
Mar 25
    Randolph Train Show
May attend ??
Mar 27
  7:00pm  Regular Meeting
Apr 15
  1:00pm  Full Member Run Day
Apr 24
  7:00pm  Regular Meeting
Apr 27
 12:00pm  Green Bay Train Show
Apr 28
  9:00am  Green Bay Train Show
Apr 29
  9:00am  Green Bay Train Show

Meeting Schedule

Usually the 4th Tues at 7:00pm
See Meetings for details.
North end of the building
1723 Western Avenue
Eau Claire, WI
Across from Lyman Lumber
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Club Layouts
Permanent Layout
Switching Layout
K & S Layout
O Scale Layout
Modular (Suitcase) Layout

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 reorganized which will bring new opportunities. One of these is a "permanent" home, as permanent as life gets and as long as we pay the rent. We have begun building a permanent layout. Our portable 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.

Western Wisconsin is home for us. 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 photography or 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
40th Annual Convention
Date: Sept 20-23, 2018
Stevens Point, WI
         cnw logo Chicago & North Western Historical Society
2018 Annual CNWHS Convention
May 17 - 20, 2018
Rapid City, SD
     milw logo Milwaukee Road Historical Association
2018 Annual Convention
Joint with the UP Historical Society
Date: July or August
Western Washington
         UP logo Union Pacific Historical Society
2018 Annual Convention
Joint with the Milwaukee Road Historical Association
Date: July or August
Western Washington

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.

Somewhere in West Wisconsin
This was a notable loco in its former life. Nicknamed Sweet Soo, it was the first passenger diesel on the Soo Line. It wore the Soo red and white livery for a time. The town of its current location experienced a tornado in 2002 that blew over the cars behind it. Where in western Wisconsin is it?
[From the Roger Elliott collection.]

Previous Structures

Local Train Shows

July 7 - 8, 2018(firm)
International Toy Train Expo
Chippewa Valley Expo Center
5150 Old Mill Plaza
Eau Claire, WI
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 10am - 5pm

October 13 - 14, 2018(Firm)
WWRC 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 tentative (tent).

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February 3-4, 2018 (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 3, 2018 (firm)
Greater Upper Midwest Train Show and Sale
Century College
3300 Century Ave. N
White Bear Lake, MN
Saturday: 9am-2pm

February 10-11, 2018 (firm)
Barron County Model Railroad Club Show
Cedar Mall
2900 South Main
Rice Lake, WI
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 11am - 4pm

February 17-18, 2018 (firm)
Mad City Rail Show
Alliant Energy Center
Madison, WI
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 9am - 4pm

March 11, 2018 (firm)
Metro Model Railroad Club Show
Circle B Recreation
6261 Hwy 60
Cedarburg, WI
Sunday: 9am - 4pm

March 17-18, 2018 (firm)
Model Railroad Show
The Omni Center
255 Riders Club Road
Onalaska, WI
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 10am - 4pm

March 24-25, 2018 (firm)
Randolph Railroad Days Train Show
29110 Davisson Avenue
Randolph, MN
Saturday: 9am - 3pm
Sunday: 10am - 2pm

April 14, 2018 (firm)
Greater Upper Midwest Train Show
Century College - West Campus Gym
3300 Century Ave. N
White Bear Lake, MN
Saturday: 9am-2pm

April 29, 2017 (firm)
Newport Train Club Show
Woodbury High School
2665 Woodlane Drive
Woodbury, MN
Saturday: 9:00am-2pm

April 28-29, 2018 (firm)
Titletown Train Show
1901 Oneida St.
Green Bay, WI
Saturday: 9am-5pm
Sunday: 10am-4pm

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).

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

TCA National Convention
June 23 - July 1, 2018
Warwick, RI

National Narrow Gauge Convention
September 5 - 8, 2018
Minneapolis&St Paul, MN

National N Scale Convention
June 20 - 24, 2018
Salt Lake City, UT

National Association of S Gaugers Convention
July 24 - 29, 2018
Boxborough, MA

National O Scale Convention
August 22 - 26, 2018
Rockville, MD

National Garden Railway Convention
June 4-9, 2018
Atlanta, GA

East Coast Large Scale Train Show
March 30 - 31, 2018
York, Pennsylvania

The World's Greatest Hobby On Tour
January 6-7, 2018 - Monroeville, PA
January 13-14, 2018 - Charlotte, NC
February 3-4, 2018 - Houston, TX
March 10-11, 2018 - Edison, NJ

Other Train Shows

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