Coming Events 2018

Dec 18
  9:00am  Layout Work Day
Dec 18
  9:00am  WWR Layout Work day
Dec 25
    NO Layout Work Day
Dec 25
    NO Regular Meeting
Dec 25
  9:00am  WWR Layout Work day
Dec 25
  7:00pm  NO Regular Meeting
Dec 29
 12:30pm  Open House

Meeting Schedule

4th Tues of most months at 7:00pm
See Meetings for details.

Redwood Crossing building
North end of the building
1723 Western Avenue
Eau Claire, WI
Across from Lyman Lumber
     Click for bigger map

Club Layouts
Permanent Layout
Switching Layout
K & S Layout
O Scale Layout
Modular (Suitcase) Layout

Welcome to the West Wisconsin Railroad Club

What's that name again? Yes, we are now the West Wisconsin Railroad Club! For many years we were known as the Indianhead Model Railroad Club. The club has been reorganized which brings new opportunities. One of these is a "permanent" home, as permanent as life gets and as long as we pay the rent. We are building a permanent layout on which significant progress has been made. Our portable layouts are not going away. We still take them to shows and other venues. Bylaws have been written and adopted and we have been granted 501c3 status by the IRS so tax deductible donations may be made to the club.

What about membership? We are, of course, open to new members. For more information please go to our Membership page. Two levels of membership are available.

Western Wisconsin is home for us. We like to get together to talk trains, build models and layouts, run trains, go to trains shows, watch and photograph trains, ride trains and trolleys, read about railroad history and future developments and enjoy being together doing most anything train related.

I T   I S   O P E N   H O U S E   T I M E !

Any time is train time but it seems that the Holiday Spirit brings fond memories of trains around the Christmas Tree. The members of the WWRC wish to enhance your Christmas Season with another opportunity to enjoy trains with our very first Open House. Join us. The address is in the red box on the right of this page. Can't make this one? A second Open House is planned for Dec 29.

Over the past couple of years we have been working on a new HO scale layout based on a West Wisconsin in the modern era theme. The heavy construction has been completed and a good portion of the scenery is in place. We even have new skirting around the layout which really enhances the appearance.

The end objective of the layout is not just running trains in big circles but to hold operating sessions where we simulate the operation of full size railroads. It's sort of like chess on wheels. It takes planning, thinking, cooperation and imagination. It's problem solving. A good activity for our collective brains.

Railroad Historical Society Conventions

     soo logo Soo Line Historical and Technical Society
40th Annual Convention
Date: Sept 20-23, 2018
Stevens Point, WI
         cnw logo Chicago & North Western Historical Society
2018 Annual CNWHS Convention
May 17 - 20, 2018
Rapid City, SD
     milw logo Milwaukee Road Historical Association
2018 Annual Convention
Joint with the UP Historical Society
Date: July or August
Western Washington
         UP logo Union Pacific Historical Society
2018 Annual Convention
Joint with the Milwaukee Road Historical Association
Date: July or August
Western Washington

Name that Structure Quiz

Pictures for the "Name that Structure" quiz are needed. Let's keep this to railroad structures located in the Indianhead area of Wisconsin as first choice and other Wisconsin railroad structures when we run out of them.

Submit your guess to the club webmaster. (See Contact Us for the email address.) Specify the location of the structure and the railroad that owns it, if known. Your guess and name (optional) will be listed here.

Somewhere in West Wisconsin
Thanks to Google we can see this intermodal yard from above. The facility in the lower right is a waste treatment plant.
[Picture found on the web.]

Previous Structures

Local Train Shows


Nov 13 - 14, 2018(Firm)
Holiday Toy Trains
Chippewa Valley Museum
in Carson Park
1204 E Half Moon Dr
Eau Claire, WI 54703
Nov 24 - Dec 29, 2018
Tuesday: 5pm - 8pm
Thursday: 5pm - 8pm
Saturday: 1pm - 5pm


July 6 - 7, 2019(firm)
International Toy Train Expo
Chippewa Valley Expo Center
5150 Old Mill Plaza
Eau Claire, WI
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 10am - 5pm

October 12 - 13, 2019(Firm)
WWRC Show (That's us !!)
Eau Claire YMCA Indoor Sports Center
3456 Craig Road
Eau Claire, WI
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 10am - 4pm

Regional Train Shows

Some of the following dates are tentative. They are based on the weekend in the month of the previous year. Once a date has been confirmed it is marked (firm) otherwise it is marked tentative (tent).

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November 10-11, 2018 (firm)
Wisconsin Exposition Center
State Fair Park
Milwaukee (West Allis), WI
Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

National Train Shows

In date order.
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The World's Greatest Hobby On Tour
January 6-7, 2018 - Monroeville, PA
January 13-14, 2018 - Charlotte, NC
February 3-4, 2018 - Houston, TX
March 10-11, 2018 - Edison, NJ

East Coast Large Scale Train Show
March 30 - 31, 2018
York, Pennsylvania

National Garden Railway Convention
June 4-9, 2018
Atlanta, GA

National N Scale Convention
June 20 - 24, 2018
Salt Lake City, UT

TCA National Convention
June 23 - July 1, 2018
Warwick, RI

National Association of S Gaugers Convention
July 24 - 29, 2018
Boxborough, MA

National Model Railroad Association Convention
August 5 - 12, 2018
Kansas City, MO

National O Scale Convention
August 22 - 26, 2018
Rockville, MD

National Narrow Gauge Convention
September 5 - 8, 2018
Minneapolis&St Paul, MN

Other Train Shows

For other areas and shows Google Train Shows. Also see this directory:
A directory of North American trains show