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2017-2018 Operating Session Dates

Saturday July 8, 2017   12:00pm – 6:00pm

Saturday September 9, 2017   12:00pm – 6:00pm

Saturday November 11, 2017   12:00pm – 6:00pm

Saturday January 13, 2018   12:00pm – 6:00pm

Saturday March 10, 2018   12:00pm – 6:00pm

Saturday May 12, 2018   12:00pm – 6:00pm  (“Junk Night” Operating Session)

If you are interested in attending one of our operating sessions as a guest, please let us know at wrmrc@hotmail.com so we know how many people will be coming!


2017 Fall Open House

Saturday October 14, 2017   10:00am – 5:00pm

Open house info


2018 Doubleheaders Layout Tour

Saturday March 24, 2018   9:00am – 9:00pm (note that the WRMRC layout will be open until 5 pm only, some layouts may be open later)

Tour info


2018 Annual General Meeting

Saturday June 9, 2018  –  3:00pm

Members:- please see the notice on our YahooGroup page for AGM location, directions, and meeting handouts.

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Old Soldiers

CP_8448

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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