Friday, February 24, 2017

Winter rail fanning with Felix Lesiuk

The prairie winter landscape is beautifully caught by Felix lesion's lens as Via Rail's Canadian barrels down the countryside.

At least once a month, long time member Felix Lesiuk sends us somewhere between 5,000 and 10,00 photos of his rail fanning adventures. He's usually accompanied on these journeys by Louis Lenz, another long time WMRC member. We have been using them as filler when there's nothing else to post, but they've proven to be extremely popular. Two of these posts have made the all time top ten most popular posts on the WMRC blog! So we're gonna give the customers what they want and post this most recent entry, which he took near Meadows, Manitoba.

By Felix Lesiuk

I got up real early last Thursday, as one of my military friends used to say, at OH dark hundred. It was worth my trip out to Meadows to catch the sunrise by the old elevator. The sun came up on cue pretty much at the end of the tracks. The only drawback was the temperature, minus 25 degrees! After bundling myself back into my truck, I went out to pick up Lou. Even though I was around CP for about 2 hours, here were no trains. 

We went out along Wilkes Ave and caught a CN train almost immediately. Then we decided to go back to CP as the snow banks along Wilkes block the view of the tracks. We followed CP out to Portage, but there were still no trains. We travelled west out on Hwy 1 and saw two CN trains. We saw a CP train sitting parked by Austin. We waited for a while but it just sat there so we headed west. After piking up our Subway lunch at Austin we headed out west to Moffat.  

I stuck to the main roads as there was a lot of drifts on the roads from the previous night. At Moffat we caught a parade of trains some using a distributed air car and two with distributed air containers. The real catch of the day was a freshly painted BCOL cowl unit into the current CN paint scheme. I am really glad they are going to keep some. We did see two other BC units that perhaps soon will be run through the paint booth.  

The day started off nice and bright and sunny, but as the day wore on it became overcast.  VIA showed up on time but after the sun went away. At around 4:00 we had to start heading back home.  We did see the CP train still sitting by Austin. It now had two units tied on to it now. The new Eco unit was smoking heavily. We waited a bit but it was not going anywhere so we headed home.  We caught a CN train in Portage, but the light now is fading fast. All in all, a great day to be outside, even though we had to keep the truck running often to keep us cozy.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Winnipeg Model Railroad Club announces release of a new button

Coming soon to a button near you: The WMRC has come up with this spiffy button design! These buttons are currently being manufactured, and they will be handed out to the kiddies at our next train show! 

Our annual train show and open house will be held on Saturday, April 1 and Sunday April 2 at the Charleswood Legion, 6003 Roblin Boulevard, from 11AM to 4PM. Admission by donation. A portion of the proceeds will go to St. Amant.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Spend the Louis Riel weekend with WinNtrak at Grant Park Shopping Centre

The friendly folk at WinNtrak (which includes several WMRC members) are displaying their spectacular N gauge modular railway this coming weekend at Grant Park Shopping Centre, from Friday, February 17 to Sunday, February 20. They'll be running trains from 9:00AM to closing.

They'll also be selling raffle tickets to win an N gauge layout. They will be displaying outside the Landmark Cinema, next to the Bell kiosk. Proceeds from the raffle will go to the Children's Hospital Foundation.