Membership

Membership Information

  • Interested in prototype railway modelling?
  • Interested in the CPR or northern Ontario railroading?
  • Wish to join in realistic operating sessions?
  • You’re new to the hobby, or an armchair modeller who wishes to get seriously involved?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you should consider joining the WRMRC.

Why Join the WRMRC?

Obviously we offer the same major benefit that all other clubs do in building a larger layout than is possible by any individual owner. However there are many differences which the WRMRC offers over the traditional model railroad club. The most important aspect of the WRMRC is that clear and defined goals have been set. Having goals and modelling objectives firmly established helps to limit club politics, so we can spend more time modelling, building, operating and having fun.

If I have no interest in Canadian Pacific, the 70s or northern Ontario modelling, why should I join?

The founders of the WRMRC understood that setting a specific railway, era, and location (versus the usual club freelanced theme) would limit membership numbers, yet we continually attract new members that have little interest in CP, Sudbury or the 1970s. How? There is an attraction to modelling something that is real, or at least was real at some point in the past. Regardless of differences in railway interests, all the our members recognize some good reasons for being part of the WRMRC:

  • Clear goals and set standards result in a superior layout, both in operation and appearance.
  • Without such standards construction becomes haphazard and unmotivated.
  • No conflicts in modelling direction regardless of changes in membership.
  • Dedication of members to the good of the club, versus any individuals imposing their interests on others.
  • Accomplishing common objectives leads to good feelings.

Aside from the club’s modelling efforts, the WRMRC hosts regular operating sessions which involves duplicating the operations of the CP Rail Sudbury Division. Trains are operated with 2-man crews (engineman & conductor), and communicate between themselves and isolated dispatchers via radio. Real freight and passenger schedules are followed, along with proper blocking of freight traffic between trains. Freight delivery is governed by a car-card and waybill system which mimics the prototypical generation of traffic by railway customers. In short, the Sudbury Division is operated as a miniature transportation system.

Additional benefits to joining the WRMRC include the opportunity to build, kitbash, paint and weather models with the help and guidance from our more experienced modellers, along with access to the club’s professional painting facilities.

As an added incentive we offer your first month of membership free. This allows you to join in on our regular work nights and participate in an operating session, and make sure the WRMRC is right for you.

For more information about membership, or the WRMRC in general please send us e-mail.

Come and be a part of the action – Join the Waterloo Regional Model Railway Club.

Recent Posts

Junk Night – Nuit de Junque

This past Saturday, the WRMRC marked an annual tradition that dates back to times before the formal creation of the club. Our infamous ‘Junk Night’ operating session.

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Engineer R.Bosma carefully backs a cut of Toronto-bound cars into the interchange track at Romford ON. Locos for this Junk Night edition of the North Bay Turn are a CN GMD-1 / SD40-2W motive power duo.

It is much better described as a non ’70s CP session, where our usual Sudbury Division trains are powered by whatever locomotives our members wish to showcase. Railway, era, prototype or totally fictional; for one day none of that matters.

Many have asked us how we came up with the name. After all, none of the motive power is ‘junk.’ All are high-quality models.

Well, there is a bit of history to it.

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A fictional MR&T widecab GE Dash-8 leads two Conrail GP40s on a Junk Night edition of CP train 921 near Sprecher ON.

Like many model train clubs, the WRMRC was born from a private home layout. That owner (and founding president) had a large pike depicting the CP MacTier Subdivision, forged from his memories of cottage country in the 1960s. As the MacTier Sub motive power fleet was being improved, earlier locomotives purchased to get the layout up-and-running had been retired. These were mostly old ’70s-era models, mainly Athearn ‘blue box’ and Atlas ‘yellow box’ locos painted for various US railroads. So in the middle of a regular CP MacTier Sub operating session, he once quipped that we should hold a session where we break out all this “old junk power.” And from that our junk night sessions were born.

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WRMRC member S. Lyons brought out his lovingly rebuilt brass model of CN J-4-e #5126 (4-6-2 MLW-built ‘Pacific’) to fill the duties of the Sudbury east yard switcher. Models like this are what cause some to question our ‘Junk Night’ moniker. Now you know the full story.

It should also be noted these sessions had been held on Saturday evenings in the past. This explains the ‘night’ part in Junk Night, as we’ve switched to afternoon-held operating sessions for a number of years now. Finally, the traditional day for Junk Night was always the operating session that fell closest to April Fools Day. With the WRMRC eliminating April sessions in recent years, this now applies to our May operating date.

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No, this train did not take a wrong turn at St Thomas. Baltimore & Ohio power finds its way to Sudbury on this Junk Night operating session.

Junk Night has always been a big hit at the WRMRC. It often morphs into a show-and-tell session, with members often displaying their models in various stages of completion, sometimes even in different scales. So if you ever visit the layout for our May operating session, don’t be surprised if you spot an Erie Lackawanna SDP45 leading one of our trains. It’s not leased power, and it’s not a detour; it’s ‘Junk Night.’

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