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Welcome to the home page of the Waterloo Region Model Railway Club. We are a model railway club located in Maryhill (Waterloo Region), Ontario modelling the Canadian Pacific Railway Sudbury Division as it existed in the 1970s decade. Follow the links at the top of this page to learn more about our group.

See also our club Yahoo discussion group. Interested non-members are welcome to join, but all sign-up requests must be approved. (This is primarily to prevent spammers.)

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Our club holds an annual fall open house and we are also on the Doubleheaders Layout Tour in the spring. If you are interested in our club or our layout, please take the opportunity to attend one of these events, or contact us at wrmrc (at) hotmail.com to come and meet us at one of our regular sessions or work nights.

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Old Soldiers

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CP # 8448 leads the Espanola Turn through Nairn Ont. in the summer of 1973. In reality; this is a Van Hobbies brass model rebuilt with a Kato RS-3 drive. It is equipped with an ESU LokSound decoder with a 12-cylinder 244 diesel sound file.

Years after most other major North American railways purged their rosters of 244-powered ALCO diesels, CP Rail continued to employ a good-sized fleet of them throughout the ‘70s. Mainly due to chronic motive power shortages, and maybe a little by their corporate desire to milk locomotives for every mile they could to ensure their return on investment; the CPR would continue to operate 244-powered units until 1982.

In this light we find a pair of old soldiers in charge of the Espanola Turn on the CP Webbwood Sub, continuing to battle friction and gravity in defiance of the scrapper’s torch.

CP #8448, built by MLW in 1954, is noteworthy for being the second-last RS-3 to wear maroon and gray paint. She would eventually receive a new coat of Action Red in 1975, only to be retired the following year due to a major mechanical failure.

RS-10 #8464 fared a little better. Rolling out of MLW later the same year as sister #8448, she would persevere to the end of the decade. It should be noted that regardless of the differences in exterior appearance, the RS-10 is mechanically the same as an RS-3.

The model 244-diesel prime mover may have been plagued with reliability issues and earned a notorious reputation as a maintenance hog, but they endure at the time-warp known at the WRMRC – CP Sudbury Division layout. Here the 1970s never ended, and the burbling sounds of 244 diesels continue to echo throughout the Sudbury Basin.

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