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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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Join us! Want to experience the benefits of being an NMRA member in the WISE Division? Try us for six months with the $9.95 Rail Pass membership. Click here to find out more.


Review of the March 16 Meet


Dave Evan’s HO scale engine house won Best of Show and 1st Place – Structures at the March WISE Division meet. Click here to see other contest winners and entries from that meet, and click here to see the layouts that were on tour.


Updated Video Library Listings Available

Updated lists for both the DVD and VHS collection are now available at the Videos page. If you checked out a video at the March meet please remember that ALL videos must be returned by the April 27 meet.


Hop the other bus… to the Great Midwest Train Show

The WISE Division will be running a bus trip the the Great Midwest Train Show at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton, IL on Sunday, May 4. Ride in the comfort of a coach bus to the show. The trip is open to the public, Cost is $36 per person and includes show admission and coffee, soda, water and donuts on the bus. We will also be stopping at the State Railroad Club in the afternoon. Pick up point is the College Avenue Southwest Park & Ride Lot at 8:00 a.m.
For more information you can contact Art Oseland at raydenny1@aol.com or 414-764-5375.

MWR 2014 Spring Convention: RailFun 2014

This year’s Midwest Region (MWR) Spring Convention is is being hosted by the neighboring Division to our south, the Fox Valley Division. RailFun 2015 will run May 15-18 and be based out of Schaumburg, IL. The cost for 3.5 days of trains is only $45 for NMRA members, $55 for non-members. It will feature 30 layout and two prototype tours, 21 operating sessions on 13 layouts and 19 clinics (extra fare for some tours). Check out the convention website and register today.


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 


From the Superintendent:

Click here to read the original resolution from John Tews that I mentioned in my column in the September Owl Car regarding changing the Division’s logo and that of the Owl Car newsletter. Click here for Richard Cecil’s Substitute Resolution I mentioned in the January 2013 Owl Car.

Joe Russ
Superintendent