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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Kuene, last NMRA charter member, passes

Bob Kuene, the last surviving charter member of the NMRA, passed away on September 8. He was also a member of the WISE Division.

His funeral will be held Friday, September 18 at ASCENSION LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1236 S. Layton Blvd., in Milwaukee, WI with viewing at 10:00 a.m. and service at 11:00 a.m.

Click here to view the complete death notice.

Dave Poquette's HO scale scratchbuilt model of his 1935 house won Best of Show.

Dave Poquette’s HO scale scratchbuilt model of his 1935 house won Best of Show.

WISE Division April Meet Review

If you missed the Division’s April 26 meet at the Midway Hotel in Brookfield, here are some pictures from the contest room. The Milwaukee-N-Southeastern Model Railroad Club, Ltd. was generous and opened their N scale layout for a tour after the meet, and here are some pictures of their layout.

Slater wins Contest Participation Award

Congratulations to Mike Slater who won the Division’s 2014/2015 Top Contest Participation Award. It is the first time this award was presented and Mike received it at the Division’s Board Appreciation Dinner in May.

WISE Bus Trip on May 3 Review

On Sunday, May 3, the WISE Division held its annual bus trip to the swap meet at the DuPage County Fairgrounds. A total of 28 members and non-members participated in the event. The first stop was the swap meet, which we arrived at a bit before 9 a.m. After leaving the fairgrounds at noon, and a quick stop for lunch, we were off to the Sun City Model Railroad Club in Huntley, Ill. to see their four layouts in N, HO, O and G. Our final stop was the beautiful HO scale Great Midwest Railroad of Pete Walton. Click on the links for pictures from each stop.

Photos from WISEop 2015

Despite a few last minute layout cancellations due to illness, 40 operators enjoyed operating on 10 layouts Friday evening, April 10, and Saturday, April 11, during WISEop 2015. Below are links to pics from some of the sessions.

Recent Events

A look at Division meets and events from 2013