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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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Carl Priepke's Best of Show N scale Kurth malt house.

Carl Priepke’s Best of Show N scale Kurth malt house.

WISE Division February Meet Review

If you missed the Division’s February 15 meet at Roma Lodge in Racine, here are some pictures from the contest room and the HO scale Tri-County Model Railroad Club and the Model Railroad Club of Union Grove that were open for the layout tour.


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

Thirteen layouts will be participating, and registration for NMRA members has now started. Space is filling up, but there positions still available and registration is now open to members and non-members. Registration will close on April 3. To see what layouts are participating, and to register, visit  WISEop web site.


Midwest Region Convention in Manitowoc April 17-19

The NMRA Midwest Region convention is in Manitowoc, Wis. on April 17-19. It will feature clinics, contests, layout tours and more. For more information or to register visit the convention’s web site.


WISE Division April Meet, April 26, 2015

The WISE Division’s February meet is Sunday, April 26, at the Midway Hotel & Suites, 1005 S Moorland Rd., in Brookfield, 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. Note: Those setting up for the swap meet should NOT arrive before 11:30 a.m.

1:00 p.m. 
Using Cadrail
Steve Miazga will show how to use Cadrail software to plan your layout.

2:00 p.m.
Measure Your Diesel Horn
Bob Frey previews a clinic he will be presenting at the national convention in Portland.

Part 1 shows how to measure the continuous (RMS) sound level of your Diesel Horn with a Sound Level Meter. There is a proper way to report your Meter results to others.

Part 2 measures the true (RMS) Diesel Horn voltage driven by a DCC Sound Decoder into your speaker system. Then you can calculate sound wattage using this (RMS) voltage and it is based on the impedance of your speaker system of: 4, 8, 16, or 32 ohms.

3:00 p.m.
WISE Division annual meeting
Election results and review of the Division’s operations over the past year.

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

One of the layouts on tour will be an N scale club layout.


Recent Events

A look at Division meets and events from 2013