and never agree to transcribe 20 hours of meetings from an Australian business meeting.
That's what I've been doing for the last 4 days...utter nightmare. Could NOT understand their accents. Making it worse were the bad audio levels and the fact that a lot of the people preesnt insisted on talking over each other from all around the room except in front of the microphone... I will never transcribe ANYTHING every again.
Anyway, so sorry to be MIA from my blogs.
The 16th Annual Model Railroad Show and Sale will be held Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 19 and 20, at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center, 1001 Amber Ave., Stevens Point. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20.
This year’s show will feature Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends
from Chugginton Station for younger railroaders and the latest in radio-
and computer-controlled trains running on any one of a dozen portable
layouts in sizes as big as 22-feet-by-52-feet for older people.
One layout will feature almost four scale miles of track, more than
2,000 trees and more than 250 miniature people and animals, including a
The show was originally held at CenterPoint MarketPlace and then the
Ramada Hotel Convention Center, before moving to the 16,000-square-foot
Holiday Inn in order to accommodate all the trains and layouts featured
In addition to all the layout activity, vendors and hobbyists will be
available to answer questions, and the show will bring exhibitors and
vendors from throughout Wisconsin and surrounding states to network and
help fulfill modeler’s needs for equipment and supplies.
“The purpose of the show is to allow the public to see what model
railroading is all about,” said Phil Gjevre, show manager and a member
of the Central Wisconsin Model Railroaders (CWMR), which sponsors the
show. “In many respects the railroads are unique works of art and become
a lifetime hobby for many individuals. I’ve been doing it for 64
Attendance has grown every year as more people learn of the show and
the hobby gets more popular thanks to the support of other model
railroad clubs in the surrounding area. “Our goal is to make the show
become the premier after-Christmas and early New Year event that people
look forward to each year,” said Gjevre.
CWMR member Larry Misiewicz agreed. “If a person enjoys trains, it
creates the opportunity to create something from memory or from real
life in miniature,” he said. “Some people just enjoy running trains.
Others research their favorite railroad and try to create part of it in
miniature, and others take pride in building their pike in detail, right
down to putting utility meters on their buildings.”
“You get hooked on it when you are young and it grows on you. It is
considered by some as the ‘world’s greatest hobby,’” said Gjevre.
CWMR members encourage people to come out and see the unique designs different clubs will have on display.
The show also draws former modelers who have been away from modeling
for a while back into the hobby. “Model railroading is not just a guy
thing,” said Gjevre. “It provides fun and relaxation to young and old,
guy or gal who enjoy it. And, you are never too old to have another
CWMR was founded as a nonprofit educational organization in 1987 for
individuals with interest in model railroading to come together and
share their hobby. Part of the proceeds from the show and sale go to
support local nonprofit organizations, including the Portage County
Historical Society and the Boys & Girls Club. CWMR worked in
conjunction with the Historical Society to restore the Bancroft Depot,
where the club currently holds its meetings. There are currently about
20 members ranging in age from 20 to mid-70 years old.
Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children ages 11 to 16.
Children 10 and younger are free. Families with multiple children will
pay no more than $10 in admissions.
Vendors and clubs interested in participating should contact Phil Gjevre at 715-341-8228 or email@example.com.