Thursday, May 18, 2017

Winnipeg's Rugby Tower dismantled by CP Rail

CP's Rugby tower, a rail fanning favourite for decades, is no more. 

By Morgan Turney

Many fans of this site will know and recognize CPR's Rugby Tower, located at mile 1.9 on CP's Carberry subdivision, just at the west end of CPR's yards off of McPhillips Street, and behind the McPhillips Street Station casino.

Built in 1947 to replace the original wooden structure, Rugby Tower was decommissioned as a control structure for CP trains in and out of Winnipeg on June 1, 2013 and remained standing, but empty. It was a two-story brick building with its' prominent "Rugby" name engraved into the brick and featured a distinctive windsock on a pole that indicated wind direction in case of a hazardous chemical spill in the yards.

On a recent railfanning visit one evening last week to Stanley Knowles Park, which overlooks CP's Weston yards and shops, I noticed that something didn't seem right with the view. That's when I noticed that Rugby Tower was no more! It's gone. Not a brick in sight - only a square of stones where the foundation used to be. Yet another piece of rail history gone forever.

Here's a recent image taken by Morgan Turney of where the Rugby Tower used to stand, taken at almost the same angle as the image above the article. It's ver sad to see that it's not there anymore!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

HO model railroad equipment for sale in Saskatchewan

Roni Evans of Redvers, Saskatchewan has a lot of model railroad equipment to sell.

Her husband, who was a lifelong model railroader, recently passed away. He built a 40’x60’ building to house his hobby. That’s about twice the size of The WMRC’s Gateway Western!

She has found herself in possession of a huge layout and hundreds of pieces of rolling stock and locomotives, many are still in their boxes. There are packing boxes full of all sorts of equipment still in its packages. There are buildings, track, decoders, electronics, almost anything you can imagine! 

If anyone is interested in purchasing any or all of this amazing hoard, her phone number is 306-840-7299, or you can message her on Facebook.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Winnipeg Model Railroad Club to hold annual banquet on May 12

The WMRC is winding up another great season with our Annual General Meeting and Awards Night. This year, it is being held on Friday, May 12, at a new location, at the Canad Inns Polo Park in Alto's Restaurant, which is located at 1405 St. Matthews Avenue. 

Cocktails and dinner (buffet style or order from their menu) will start at 6:00PM, and the AGM will begin at 7:30PM. After the AGM, we’ll have our annual awards presentation.

After the awards presentation, we’ll have plenty of door prizes and “arm's length” raffle ticket prizes (that’s where you buy your arm’s length of tickets) to give out, as well as our now-famous elimination draw! This time the elimination draw will be for an DCC Atlas Classic CPR C424 locomotive with sound and a matching Athearn CPR caboose.