November 22, 2009

Railfanning in Winnipeg

Looking for family fun in December? From December 5 to January 3 The Assiniboine Valley Railway will be holding their Christmas Light Run at 6:30 p.m. Just call Bill Taylor at 832-3872. He will be happy to tell you all about it.

The Winnipeg Model Railroad Club is inviting everyone to attend their monthly meetings, which are held at Westworth United Church, 1750 Grosvenor Avenue, at 7:30 p.m. on the second Friday of every month.

On December 11 there'll be a slide show about a trip to the Powder River Basin. That night Rob Gearns will also teach you how to build a steam locomotive from scratch. What a neat Christmas gift!

Winnipeg Model Railroad Club membership also makes a great stocking stuffer. Members receive a monthly magazine The Lantern. It's packed with news for railfans. Every WMRC member in good standing also gets a 5% discount on all non-sale in-store model rail items at Toad Hall, 54 Arthur Street, 956-2195

Looking for more magazines for the railfans on your Chistmas list? One of the WMRC members, Morgan Turney, is also the Editor and Publisher of Canadian Railway Modeler and Railfan Canada. Morgan is also the Program Director of the WMRC. Come to the meeting and chat with him.

The Number One Northern Division of the 1000 Lakes Region of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) is composed of a few members of the WMRC. They are organizing their 2010 convention, Steam on the Prairies which will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba on the Memorial Day weekend, from May 28 to 30.

Any NMRA member whose registration, with payment, is postmarked by Dec 18 will only pay $80, a savings of $20. If you are not a NMRA member, no problem. You can buy a 6 month trial membership for $10.

The basic registration includes the Friday night barbecue held at the Assiniboine Valley Railway, all clinics, the excursion on the Prairie Dog Central, the banquet at the Hitch 'N Post, and the Sunday layout hops. It does not include the extra fare trip to Portage la Prairie or the non rail tour of Lower Fort Garry National Historic Park.

You can find the registration form by going to the National Model Railroad Association's web site:, then following the links to TLR (1000 Lakes Region), then to Conventions.

Have a great day. How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!

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