Membership

Membership Information

  • Interested in the CPR, or northern Ontario railroading?
  • Want to learn more about prototype railway modelling?
  • Wish to participate in realistic operating sessions?

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

Obviously we offer the ability to model on a grander scale than is usually possible on a home layout. However there are many differences which make the WRMRC a unique group. The most important is that clear and defined modelling goals and objectives have been set. This limits club politics, so we spend more time modelling, building, operating and having fun.

But what 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 and era would limit popularity. But there is an attraction to modelling something that is real, or was real at some point in the past. Also having a set plan produces a number of positive qualities:

  • Clear goals and standards result in superior layout operation and appearance.
  • With such standards construction becomes well-ordered and motivated.
  • No conflicts in modelling direction, regardless of changes in membership.
  • Accomplishing common objectives leads to good feelings and camaraderie.

Additionally, the WRMRC hosts regular prototype-inspired operating sessions. Not certain what that means? Think of it as a giant role-playing game. We become engineers, conductors, dispatchers and yardmasters. Train schedules are followed, along with 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 becomes a miniature transportation system.

Also, joining the WRMRC includes the opportunity to build, kitbash, paint and weather models with the help and guidance of our more experienced members.

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!

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2021 Open House Cancelled

Due to Ontario being stuck in phase-3 of COVID reopening, it is with reluctance that the WRMRC executive has decided to cancel our 2021 Fall Open House which was scheduled for October 16th this year.

We had been procrastinating and hoping for better news from the province, but with the occupancy conditions currently in place our club could not reasonably hold a public event.

Phase-3 conditions require us to cap the capacity within our Quonset hut to 25 people, which would have to include the ten or so members volunteering to guide visitors and operate trains. Despite any limit our aisle-ways would prevent proper social distancing, and that cap would obviously cause line-ups before entry. There was also the matter of Ontario’s new vaccine passport system, something we would need to enforce and that none of us wish to police.

In closing, our club recommends you protect yourself and others by following the medical advice of your doctor, and to be vaccinated if you are able to. It is the only way forward for society to return to normal, and for train shows to happen again.

We are hopeful this will all be resolved by the end of March for our club to participate again in the 2022 Doubleheaders Layout Tour, and of course we fully expect to hold our Fall Open House again next October.

Stay safe and stay healthy.

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