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WISE 50th logo FINAL

Celebrating its 50th year, 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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What Happened to the WISE Division Calendar?

Some of you may have noticed that the WISE Division calendar that appeared in the right column has vanished. It stopped functioning and has been removed. Meanwhile, events will keep appearing on the Timeline as their date approaches.


WISE (bike) Ride on August 27

We are trying something new this summer – WISE (bike) Ride. It will be Saturday, August 27 on the New Berlin Recreation Trail and will start at Greenfield Park. Be sure to check out the latest Owl Car newsletter for more details.

And the September meet will be September 18 at the MLES Railroad Park to ride behind their live steam equipment from noon to 4:00 p.m. There will NOT be a swap room or our regular contest at that meet.


March Meet Review

Did you miss the Division’s March 20 meet at the Oconomowoc Historical Society? If so, here are some pictures from the contest room. After the meet the layouts at Maxim’s in Oconomowoc and the HO scale WC and WSOR of Chuck Gevaert were open for tour.


WISE Division February 20 Bus Trip Review

A total of 41 modelers from southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois participated in the Division’s bus trip to the NMRA South Central Wisconsin Division’s Mad-City Train Show in Madison. After visiting the show from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., the group headed to Spec Machine in Middleton, Wis. to see the progress on the restoration of C&NW No. 1385.


 Registration underway for WISEop 2016

The WISE Division Operating Day, or WISEop 2016 will be Friday night, April 29 and Saturday, April 30. For more information, or to register, visit the WISEop web site. Be advised that many layouts are now full, but there are still some operating opportunities left. And there is still room in the Beginner’s Session. Registration closes April 20. Below are the layouts that will be participating.

    • Ashland, Superior & Pacific (HO)
    • Blue Mountain & Cascade (HO
    • BN Peoria Subdivision (HO)
    • Cedar Creek Central Model Railroad Club (HO)
    • C&NW Lake Shore Division (HO)
    • Dawdle & Delay (HO) NEW!
    • Four Corners & Five Lakes Railroad (N) NEW!
    • GN Spokane Division (HO)
    • L.A. Juction (HO)
    • METRO Club (HO)
    • Omaha Western (HO)
    • Rock Harbor Railroad (HO) NEW!
    • Trap & Garnet Ridge (O)
    • UP & Western (HO)
    • Western Wisconsin (HO)

Beginners’ Session: Midwest Lines (HO)