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

The Wisconsin Southeastern (WISE) Division sponsors monthly meets for its members and the public, at no charge. These monthly meets provide an opportunity for the members and public to get involved and learn more about model railroading, as well as “real” railroads. In addition to the sponsored monthly meets, the WISE Division hosts Trainfest®, America’s Largest Operating Model Railroad Show, bus trips to other model railroad events, operating days and other events throughout the year.

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WISE Division Boy Scout Merit Badge
Thanks to WISE Division Boy Scout Merit Badge co-chairs Gary Children and Paul Podlaski, and a few helpers, 33 Boy Scouts received their Railroad Merit Badge on the morning of Saturday, October 4. A thank you goes to Fred and Bonnie Janke, Bruce and Linda Warren, Tim Thur and Brian Hechel for also helping with this event.

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:

September 29 WISE Division Meet
See what trains were operating at the MLES Railroad Park by clicking here.

WISE Division Membership Picnic on August 4, 2013
Click here for pictures of this family event at the Milwaukee County Zoo.

A look at Division meets and events from early 2013