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

The Wisconsin Southeastern (WISE) Division 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, operating days and other activities throughout the year.

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WISE Division October Meet Review

October Best of Show winner – Mike Slater’s HO scale IHB slug set

If you missed the Division’s October 19 meet at the Washington County Fairgrounds, here are some pictures from the Contest Room and the Cedar Creek Model Railroad Club in Jackson, Wis. that was open for the layout tour.


WISE Division Beginners’ Meet, January 18, 2015

Note: The clinics at this meet are geared to help those just starting in the hobby.

The WISE Division’s January meet is Sunday, January 18, at the Midway Hotel & Suites in Brookfield (same location as before, just a different name). The meet is FREE and open to the public. 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. In case of bad weather, the meet may be cancelled and notice posted here.

12:30 Registration

1:00 p.m.
Tools for Modelers
Dave Evans shows us tools ranging from basic ones needed by beginners, and every modeler, to tools needed by more advanced modelers and how to organize them.

2:00 p.m.
DCC for Dummies
John Shipman covers the basics of Digital Command Control (DCC) and presents an overview of the systems available.

3:00 p.m.
Trackside Details
Using prototype photos old and new, Dave Nelson encourages us to more accurately model track, trackside details and structures.

Contest: Bring your models or photos to enter (entries accepted until 1:30 p.m.) in the following categories: All categories. See the Contest page for more information on categories, rules and prizes.

Layout on tour will be a HO scale freelanced layout that shows construction techniques and is of a unique mushroom design.


DVD Library list updated

The DVD list for the Division’s video library is now updated as of 12/1/14. You can get the list here.


Trains at the Ronald McDonald House

Each holiday season since 1990 (with the exception of last year due to construction) the WISE Division has set up G-gauge trains around the Christmas tree at the Milwaukee Ronald McDonald House in Wauwatosa for the guest families to enjoy, and operate. Click here to see what it looks like this holiday season.


Hammelman HO Models to be Offered for Sale at Meets

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:

A look at Division meets and events from 2013