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West Wisconsin Railroad Club - Eau Claire, WI
 
 

Coming Events 2017

Tuesday
Feb 28
  7:00pm  Club Meeting
 
Thursday
Mar 16
 10:00am  Operations Committee Meeting
 
Tuesday
Mar 28
  7:00pm  Club Meeting
 
Thursday
Apr 20
 10:00am  Operations Committee Meeting
 
Tuesday
Apr 25
  7:00pm  Regular Meeting
 
Thursday
May 18
 10:00am  Operations Committee Meeting
 
Tuesday
May 23
  7:00pm  Regular Meeting
 

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 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
39th Annual Convention
Date: Sept 7-10, 2017
Minot, ND
         cnw logo Chicago & North Western Historical Society
2017 Annual CNWHS Convention
May 18 - 21, 2017
Rockford, IL
     milw logo Milwaukee Road Historical Association
2017 Annual Convention
Date: TBA
Location: TBA
         UP logo Union Pacific Historical Society
2017 Annual Convention
Date: TBA
Denver, CO

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 depot is east of our normal subject area but was on icon on the advertising of a Wisconsin insurance company for many years.
[From the Paul Almquist collection.]

Previous Structures

Local Train Shows

July 9, 2017(tent)
Full Steam Ahead!
Phoenix Park Pavilion
Forest and Madison Street
Eau Claire, WI
Sunday: 11am - 4pm
FREE Admission

October 14-15, 2017(Firm)
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).

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2017

February 4, 2017 (firm)
Greater Upper Midwest Train Show and Sale
Century College
3300 Century Ave. N
White Bear Lake, MN
Saturday: 9am-2pm

February 11, 2017 (firm)
Winter Flea Market
North Metro Model RR Club
VFW Club
1919 Coon Rapids Blvd
Coon Rapids, MN
Saturday: 9am-2pm

February 11-12, 2017 (firm)
Barron County Model Railroad Club Show
Cedar Mall
2900 South Main
Rice Lake, WI
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 11am - 4pm

February 18-19, 2017 (firm)
Mad City Rail Show
Alliant Energy Center
Madison, WI
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 9am - 5pm

March 12, 2017 (firm)
Metro Model Railroad Club Show
Circle B Recreation
6261 Hwy 60
Cedarburg, WI
Sunday: 9am - 4pm

March 18-19, 2017 (firm)
Model Railroad Show
La Crosse Center North Hall
300 Harborview Plaza
La Crosse, WI
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 10am - 4pm

March 25-26, 2017 (firm)
Randolph Railroad Days Train Show
29110 Davisson Avenue
Randolph, MN
Saturday: 9am - 3pm
Sunday: 10am - 2pm

April 8, 2017 (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 29-30, 2017 (firm)
Titletown Train Show
1901 Oneida St.
Green Bay, WI
Saturday: 9am-5pm
Sunday: 10am-4pm

May 13, 2017 (firm)
Twin City Model Railroad Museum
Spring Hobby Show and Sale
Education Building
Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Falcon Heights, MN.
Saturday: 9am - 3pm

June 17, 2017 (firm)
Spooner Train Show
Spooner Elementary School
1821 Scribner St.
Spooner, WI
Saturday: 10am - 5pm

June 17-18, 2017 (firm)
Strawberry Fest Model Railroad Show
Waupaca Recreation Center
407 School, Street
Waupaca, WI
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 10am - 3pm

July 22, 2017 (firm)
Rail Fair
Copeland Park Shelter
Rose and Clinton Streets La Crosse, WI
Saturday: 10am - 5pm

August 19-20, 2017 (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 16, 2017 (tent)
Twin City Model Railroad Museum
Fall Hobby Show and Sale
Education Building
Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Falcon Heights, MN.
Saturday: 9am - 3pm

September 23-24, 2017 (firm)
Ladysmith Model Railroad Show
Ladysmith, WI
Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: 10am - 2pm

October 1-2, 2017 (firm)
Westminster Train Show
710 Olive Street St. Paul, MN
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 10am - 3pm

October 1-2, 2017 (firm)
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 14-15, 2017(Firm)
WWRC Show (That's us !!)
Eau Claire, WI
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 10am - 4pm

October 15, 2017 (firm)
Newport Model RR Club Show and Sale
Woodbury High School
2665 Woodlane Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125
Saturday: 9:00am-2:00pm

November 11-12, 2017 (firm)
Trainfest
Wisconsin Exposition Center
State Fair Park
Milwaukee (West Allis), WI
Saturday: 9am - 5:30pm
Sunday: 9am - 5:30pm

December 2-3, 2017 (tent)
Train Show
Northbridge Mall
2510 Bridge Ave
Albert Lea, MN 55102

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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2017

The World's Greatest Hobby On Tour
January 7-8, 2017 - Atlanta, GA
January 21-22, 2017 - Seattle, WA
February 4-5, 2017 - Phoenix, AZ
February 11-12, 2017 - Pomona, CA

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

2018

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