Wednesday, December 16, 2009

NMRA Thousand Lakes Region Convention, May 28-30, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Every five years or so, Winnipeg plays host to the NMRA Thousand Lakes Region annual convention. The next one will be in the city May 28-30, 2010.

Called Steam on the Prairies, the convention will feature clinics; tours of 15 or more local home and club layouts (including the CP Rail M & M Sub.); and a railfan trip to nearby Portage la Prairie, where the CPR and CN transcontinental mainlines cross at grade. (Rated by Trains magazine as one of North America's 10 best railfanning locations; see photos at

The crossing at Portage la Prairie

There will also be an opportunity to ride the Prairie Dog Central (, one of the oldest regularly scheduled vintage operating trains in North America. The train is pulled by a beautifully restored 1882 4-4-0 steam locomotive.

The Prairie Dog Central

The convention also includes a BBQ and rides on Bill Taylor's Assiniboine Valley Railway, a 1:8 scale "backyard" layout (see more at There will also be two operating sessions.

A freight train on the AVR.

An AVR "passenger" train.

AVR trackplan.

For more information about Steam on the Prairies, go to

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