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The Wisconsin Southeastern (WISE) Division of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) 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, an operating day and other activities throughout the year.

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Ed Varick’s HO scale scratchbuilt model of the water tower in the Town of Lake won Best of Show.

WISE Division March Meet Review

If you missed the Division’s March 15 meet at the Midway Hotel in Brookfield, here are some pictures from the contest room and the and the HO scale layouts of father and son duo of Bob Frey’s UP & Western and Steve Frey’s AT&SF that were open for layout tours.


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.

NOTE: Joe Russ will be demonstrating the Dremel 3D printer in the Contest Room.

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