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 we offer 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 choosing a specific prototype (versus the usual club freelanced theme) would limit membership numbers. Yet we continually attract new members who have little interest in the CPR, northern Ontario or the 1970s. Some even model in different scales. Why do they join? There is an attraction to modelling something that is real, or was real at some point in the past. Also having a set plan with definite goals produces a number of positive qualities:

  • Clear goals and set standards result in a superior layout, both in operation and appearance.
  • With such standards construction becomes well-ordered and motivated.
  • No conflicts in modelling direction, and a marked reduction in club ‘politics’.
  • Dedication of members to the good of the group and layout in general.
  • Accomplishing common objectives leads to good feelings.

Aside from the club’s modelling efforts, the WRMRC hosts regular prototype-inspired operating sessions. Not certain what that means? Think of it as a giant role-playing game like Dungeons & Dragons; but instead of wizards and dungeon masters we have dispatchers and yard masters, and our playing pieces move on their own too. Our 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 real-life generation of traffic by railway customers. In short, the CP 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 WRMRC!

Recent Posts

WRMRC Op-Session and Activity Update

Due to Ontario’s extension of emergency orders regarding COVID-19, the WRMRC has cancelled the annual Junk Night operating session which was scheduled for Saturday May 9th; 2020.

At this point the club is planning to start the 2020-21 operating season again in the fall, with the next scheduled op-session planned for Saturday 12 September, 2020. Please continue to monitor this blog along with the WRMRC’s Facebook page for future updates.

While layout progress may have been hampered by the public health crisis, our members have been busy working on many projects from home, or coordinating amongst themselves to limit numbers when visits to the club are required. Here are just a few club ventures while under quarantine.

Romford/Coniston signal project

RomfordPanel01

Romford Operator Panel

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Reverse side of the Romford Panel – for those who love wiring

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Searchlight signals for Romford and Coniston

Wanapitei River Bridge

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Wanapitei River bridge (in development)

Nelson Street Bridge

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Bridge abutments and scenery repairs (in progress)

Sudbury Ice House

Ice House

Ice House (in development)

Ice House

Ice House

The club is also preparing to work on scenery in a number of areas which will require trees. Many, many trees.

Conifer 01

Conifer 02

One silver lining to the cancellation of operating sessions is that preparations have begun to build the permanent trackage into Espanola, home of the large E. B. Eddy paper mill. Thanks to Fast Tracks, a number of code-70 turnouts have already been built towards this goal.

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Code-70 right-hand turnout built with Fast Tracks jig.

While we certainly miss the comradery that comes with our group work sessions, we are fortunate to live in a time where we can connect digitally. All of us at the WRMRC wish you good health, and to keep up your spirits with good model railway projects.

 

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