HISTORY of the THUNDER CREEK MODEL RAILROAD CLUB
The club was started in 1967 by Rick Percy and consisted of 5 members, all of whom were employed at CFB Moose Jaw. In the beginning, the meetings where held in members’ home and at a hall on South Hill. The club membership has been as high as 27 and is currently approximately 20. The club meets every Tuesday from September thru June at the Western Development Museum.
In the early years the club displayed at local shopping malls and also attended other model railroad shows in Saskatchewan. The club was also fortunate to display at the Western Development Museum as part of their annual car show.
In 1979, the club built some N Scale modules and later they were converted to HO scale because it is a more popular scale. They were displayed at the Moose Jaw Art Museum Gallery and along with posters found in the CPR Train "The Canadian".
In May 1987 the NMRA Convention was hosted in Moose Jaw. This was a 3 day event that included Proto-type tours of the CPR yards, along with clinics and displays related to Model Railroading.
Since 1995,the club has convened annual shows with local model railroaders and displays by modelers from across Saskatchewan and Western Canada.
The club modules were used until 1997 and were on permanent display in the museum until 2005.
To help celebrate the Saskatchewan Centennial, the club decided to replace the original modules. Our new modules represent the same scene during four different periods in the last century.
Our club is dedicated to the promotion of the Model Railroading hobby in the City of Moose Jaw and the surrounding District of Thunder Creek.
We have a work/storage space at the Museum and while there we work on the permanent modules built and maintained by the Club over the years. We also work on the travelling modules that we take to the various model railroad shows we attend.