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Welcome to the Wisconsin Southeastern (WISE) Division of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA)

The Wisconsin Southeastern (WISE) Division is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization which sponsors free monthly meets providing an educational opportunity for members, and the public, to get involved and learn more about model railroading as well as “real” railroads. In addition to the monthly meets, the Division hosts Trainfest®, bus trips to other events, operating days and other activities throughout the year.

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Greenfield News & Hobby to Close at the End of March

Greenfield News & Hobby will be closing at the end of March after nearly 50 years in business. The owners have decided to retire. If you have any certificates from there that you won at WISE Division meet, please redeem them soon.


WISE Division January Meet Review

If you missed the Division’s January 18 meet at the Midway Hotel & Suites in Brookfield, here are some pictures from the contest room and the HO scale Paper Valley Lines that was open for the layout tour. And here is a video clip of some of the action on the railroad.


WISE Division February Meet, February 15, 2015

The WISE Division’s February meet is Sunday, February 15, at the Roma Lodge, 7130 Spring St. in Racine, Wis. The meet is FREE and open to the public (you do not need to be an NMRA member to attend). There will be three 45-minute sessions of clinics as well as the usual popular vote model contest and home layouts on tour from 4-6 p.m. Clinics subject to change without notice. In case of bad weather, the meet may be cancelled and notice posted here.

1:00 p.m. 
Photos from around the Racine Area
Rell Barrett presents some pictures of railfanning in the Racine area that have never been shown before.

2:00 p.m.
Colorado Railroad. Museum
Mark Willmering will show us his visit to the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, Colorado.

3:00 p.m.
Free-mo Modular Standards
Mike Slater shows us a Free-Mo modular and reviews the standards for building one for a flexible portable layout.

Bring your models or photos to enter (entries accepted until 1:30 p.m.) in the following categories:

  • Motive Power – Steam
  • Non–Revenue Equipment
  • Structures
  • Photographs – Prototype
  • General (dioramas and full-length trains)
  • Youth 8–17 Years
  • Train Related CraftsLayout tours: one, possibly two HO scale club layouts in Union Grove.

Preparations underway for WISE Division Operating Day (WISEop) April 10 & 11

A number of layouts have already offered to host sessions, and more are expected. Keep up on the latest changes by visiting the event’s web site.


Hammelman HO Models to be Offered for Sale at Meets

Many WISE Division members will recall the late Wayne Hammelman, formerly of Oak Creek, WI and New Braunfels, TX. Wayne was a prolific scratch modeler and painter of train and traction models for both his Black Hills & Western (BH&W) Railroad and Kinnickinnic Valley Light Heat & Traction layouts. The latter made a return trip to Trainfest last year, winning Best of Show for Layouts. His entire city block module of the North Shore Line’s Milwaukee depot is on permanent display at the Milwaukee Transit Archives & Museum in West Allis.

At the request of Wayne’s wife, Lois, his collection of HO model trains and trolleys will be liquidated over time by the Museum. Most, but not all, of the traction models have been sold to friends of his in the hobby through a semi-private sale or at the Hoosier Traction Meet. What remains of the traction, and all of the train engines and cars, will be offered soon, as we promised, to local and area modelers, starting with WISE Division members, and to members of the San Antonio Model Railroad Association.

We are still sorting and pricing models, with help from lists that Wayne created, so it may not be possible to get out lists in advance of our sales. We likely will offer models in groupings over time, adding new ones as others sell and we get to pricing them. First up will be his Black Hills & Western steam and diesel passenger trainsets, freight engines, and BH&W logo cars. Next will be Milwaukee Road and C&NW engines and cars. Look for us at Division Meets in October in Washington County, and in December in Brookfield. Jan-Feb-Mar will take us to the Tri-City Meets in Racine, perhaps to the March 8 Metro Model RR Club Train Show in Cedarburg, and to select WISE Meets in the spring. Because of Wayne’s longtime close ties with the Division, our goal is to give WISE members first crack at new offerings as they arise.
Questions may be directed to Division members John Giove or Bruce Schimel at the Museum at (414)345-7210, or at milwtransit@wi.rr.com.


Recent Events:

A look at Division meets and events from 2013