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Coming Events 2018

Tuesday
Aug 7
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Aug 14
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Friday
Aug 17
 11:00am  Load layout for Plainview
Train Show
 
Saturday
Aug 18
 10:00am  Plainview Train Show
Be there before 10am
 
Sunday
Aug 19
 10:00am  Plainview Train Show
Be there before 10am
 
Tuesday
Aug 21
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Aug 28
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Aug 28
  9:00am  Regular Meeting
 
Tuesday
Sep 4
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Sep 11
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Sep 18
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Sep 25
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Sep 25
  9:00am  Regular Meeting
 
Tuesday
Oct 2
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Oct 9
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Oct 16
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Oct 23
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Oct 23
  9:00am  Regular Meeting
 
Tuesday
Nov 6
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Nov 13
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Nov 20
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Nov 27
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Nov 27
  9:00am  Regular Meeting
 
Saturday
Dec 1
 12:30pm  Open House
 
Tuesday
Dec 4
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Dec 11
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Dec 18
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Dec 25
  9:00am  NO Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Dec 25
  9:00am  NO Regular Meeting
 
Saturday
Dec 29
 12:30pm  Open House
 
Tuesday
Jan 8
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Jan 15
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Jan 22
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Jan 29
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Jan 29
  6:00pm  Annual Banquet
Contact VP for info
 
Tuesday
Feb 5
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Feb 12
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Feb 19
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Feb 26
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Feb 26
  7:00pm  Regular Meeting
 
Tuesday
Mar 5
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Mar 12
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Mar 19
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Mar 26
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Mar 26
  7:00pm  Regular Meeting
 
Tuesday
Apr 2
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Apr 9
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Apr 16
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Apr 23
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Apr 23
  7:00pm  Regular Meeting
 
Tuesday
May 7
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
May 14
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
May 21
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
May 28
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
May 28
  7:00pm  Regular Meeting
 
Tuesday
Jun 4
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Jun 11
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Jun 18
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Jun 25
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Jun 25
  9:00am  Regular Meeting
 
Tuesday
Jul 2
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Jul 9
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Jul 16
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Jul 23
  9:00am  Annual Picnic
 
Tuesday
Jul 23
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Jul 30
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Aug 6
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Aug 13
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Aug 20
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Aug 27
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Aug 27
  9:00am  Regular Meeting
 
Tuesday
Sep 3
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Sep 10
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Sep 17
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Sep 24
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Sep 24
  9:00am  Regular Meeting
 
Tuesday
Oct 1
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Oct 8
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Oct 15
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Oct 22
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Oct 22
  9:00am  Regular Meeting
 
Tuesday
Oct 29
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Nov 5
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Nov 12
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Nov 19
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Nov 26
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Nov 26
  9:00am  Regular Meeting
 
Tuesday
Dec 3
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Dec 10
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Dec 17
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Dec 24
  9:00am  NO Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Dec 24
  9:00am  NO Regular Meeting
 
Tuesday
Dec 31
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 

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
     Click for bigger map

Club Layouts
Permanent Layout
Switching Layout
K & S Layout
O Scale Layout
Modular (Suitcase) Layout

Welcome to the 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 brings new opportunities. One of these is a "permanent" home, as permanent as life gets and as long as we pay the rent. We are building a permanent layout on which significant progress has been made. Our portable layouts are not going away. We still take 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.

Since our talents vary some prefer to operate the trains maybe as simple as making laps around the layout while others simulate real railroad operations, sort of like chess on wheels. The ones with a civil engineering aptitude may like building the infrastructure and laying track, making roads and bridges. Building train cars and structures is more the mechanical engineer types field of interest. Animations or working on electrical and electronic tasks are great for folks with a spark for electricity. Those digitally inspired individuals often 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.

Of course most model railroaders are not professional engineers. We don't need to be. We just enjoy the wide variety of activities that model railroading offers.

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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2018

May 12, 2018 (firm)
Twin City Model Railroad Museum
Spring Hobby Show and Sale
Education Building
Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Falcon Heights, MN.
Saturday: 9am - 3pm

June 16, 2018 (tent)
Spooner Train Show
Spooner Elementary School
1821 Scribner St.
Spooner, WI
Saturday: 10am - 5pm

June 16-17, 2017 (firm)
Strawberry Fest Model Railroad Show
Waupaca Recreation Center
407 School, Street
Waupaca, WI
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 10am - 3pm

July 28, 2018 (firm)
Rail Fair
Copeland Park Shelter
300 Rose Street La Crosse, WI
Saturday: 10am - 4pm

August 18-19, 2018 (firm)
Corn on the Cob Days Model Railroad Show
Plainview Highschool Gym
500 W. Broadway
Plainview, MN 55964
Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: 10am-4pm

September 15, 2018 (firm)
Twin City Model Railroad Museum
Fall Hobby Show and Sale
Education Building
Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Falcon Heights, MN.
Saturday: 9am - 3pm

September 22-23, 2018 (tent)
Ladysmith Model Railroad Show
Ladysmith, WI
Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: 10am - 2pm

October 14-14, 2018 (firm)
WWRC Show (That's us !!)
Eau Claire, WI
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 10am - 4pm

October 20-21, 2018 (tent)
Steamin' Over To Marshfield
Hub City Central Train Show
Marshfield Community Center
201 S. Oak Avenue
Marshfield, WI
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 10am - 4pm

October 20, 2018 (firm)
Newport Model RR Club Show and Sale
Woodbury High School
2665 Woodlane Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125
Saturday: 9:00am-2:00pm

November 10-11, 2018 (firm)
Trainfest
Wisconsin Exposition Center
State Fair Park
Milwaukee (West Allis), WI
Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

National Train Shows

In date order.
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2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other Train Shows

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