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Coming Events 2018

Tuesday
Apr 10
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Sunday
Apr 15
  1:00pm  Fun Run Day
 
Tuesday
Apr 17
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Thursday
Apr 19
  6:30pm  Operating Session
 
Tuesday
Apr 24
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
Apr 24
  7:00pm  Regular Meeting
 
Friday
Apr 27
 12:00pm  Green Bay Train Show
Setup
 
Saturday
Apr 28
  9:00am  Green Bay Train Show
 
Sunday
Apr 29
  9:00am  Green Bay Train Show
 
Tuesday
May 1
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
May 8
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
May 15
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Thursday
May 17
  6:30pm  Operating Session
 
Tuesday
May 22
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
May 22
  7:00pm  Regular Meeting
 
Tuesday
May 29
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
 
Tuesday
May 29
  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
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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

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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2018

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