The Selkirk Model Railroad Association was founded in 1994 and currently operates an O scale, HO scale and two N scale layouts. The club is located at 217-B Clandeboye Avenue in Selkirk, Manitoba. Members meet on Mondays and Fridays at 7pm. The first Monday of each month is the business meeting.
A Brief History
The Selkirk Model Railroad Association Inc. (SMRA) traces its roots to September 1993 when two copies of a model railroad magazine were stuck together and delivered to the same mailbox. That inspired contacts to be made and soon several future members were meeting casually in basements and coffee shops. It didn't take long to realize that a more permanent arrangement was needed. One of the members procured the use of the Manitoba Government Employees Union office for our meetings.
On November 14, 1994 the decision to form a club was made with executive elections following in December. The name Selkirk Model Railroad Association was adopted on January 5, 1995. A logo was selected in October 1995. An adaptation of the club's logo is on the special 10-year commemorative pin.
Jim Iredale deserves special mention. While the club was in its infancy, Jim gave a line of credit to the members and carried the club's debt for at least five years on a "pay as you can" basis. Without his helpful attitude and encouragement the club would not be what it is today. The HO layout has an Iredale Subdivision to commemerate Jim's generosity.
In May 1995, while participating in an Open House held by the Winnipeg Model Railroad Club (WMRC), the SMRA purchased several modules from the Manitoba S-gauge Modellers. The members were extremely fortunate to be offered a home for these modules in The Selkirk Journal building, thanks to Dennis Fuerst.
In September 1995, club members worked with the CNR Training Institute in Gimli, MB. This involved a 29 x 16 foot HO-scale model railroad used in the training of engineers and conductors. The layout consisted of two reverse loops with a large yard at one end and industrial switching at the other end. Various sidings along the way kept the operation interesting. Unfortunately in September 1997, when the layout was near completion, the school was closed and the layout was moved to another location.
In early 2002 a decision was made to rearrange and enlarge the existing model roads. Since then new layouts have been built and much work has been accomplished. Work continues toward making the layouts the very best they can be. The club presently has four layouts: two N-scale, one HO-scale and one O-scale. G-scale equipment will be put into service shortly.
In May 2012, the members agreed on a constitution and incorporated as a "not-for-profit" organization under Manitoba laws