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A Compact End Module Part Two

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1995 #2 April
Page:
16
Author:
Ted Larson
Scale:
S
Description:
This is a follow-up to the December 1994 issue's article to show the various radii used in the end modules.

A Module in Memory Of...

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-10/11
Page:
56
Author:
Michael Sorbo
Scale:
N
Description:
Taking over a friend's module who has passed away.

A New Modular Railroad Takes Shape

Magazine:
S Scale Resource 2017-08/09
Page:
18
Author:
Dave Jackson, Jr.
Scale:
S
Description:
Lightweight construction techniques are used by the author to build a 12'x40' modular layout, that also has a 3-foot wing. Photos were taken at local shows where he set up the still-under-construction layout.

A Pike Master Layout for a Hospital Room

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2001 #6 December
Page:
10
Author:
Wayne Beachy
Scale:
S
Description:
After initial rejections, the The Virginia Central Division of the Atlantic Coast S Gaugers were able to set up a 10'x14' modular layout in an area hospital for the children. This article covers the lessons the group learned. Includes two photos of a smaller portable layout.

A Small Modular Home Layout

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-05/06
Page:
31
Author:
Jim Fitzgerald
Scale:
N
Description:
Two 3' x 3' end caps and a 2' x 6' NTRAK module make for a nice basic home layout. The track is a folded dogbone.

A Trolley Layout on the Go

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-05
Page:
46
Author:
Walter Weart
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author, a member of the Northwest Traction Group, describes how the club developed a single-track modular standard, uses powered overhead wires, and deals with module transportation and set-up. Several setup track plans are included.

Adventures in Free-mo

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-10
Page:
72
Author:
Pierre Oliver
Description:
How Free-mo modules are constructed.

Adventures in Free-Mo Part II

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-12
Page:
58
Author:
Pierre Oliver
Description:
In this installment the author deals with transporting his equipment safely to a show. He describes the cabinets he built to house the plastic bins that hold all of his equipment. Includes diagrams and some construction photos.

Alive and Well In Southern California NTrak

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-07/08
Page:
30
Author:
Wayne Lawson
Scale:
N
Description:
The article gives a heads-up of the various clubs involved in the N-scale Convention in San Diego, CA in August, 2005. It also includes the proposed module layout plan, and photos of several modules.

An S-module Based On N-Trak Design

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1995 #3 June
Page:
7
Author:
Ted Larson
Scale:
S
Description:
A follow-up on the October 1994 article, showing photos of the folded-legs system of the module.

Baltimore & Ohio's Arlington Yard

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-11/12
Page:
28
Author:
Marc Pizante
Description:
Photos of a well-detailed N-Trak module.

Buffalo Rock

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-11
Page:
120
Author:
John Campbell
Scale:
HOn3
Description:
The author had a hard time building a full layout, so he decided to join a club and built this module. Includes a trackplan.

Build a Walk-through Bridge

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-08
Page:
52
Author:
Wayne Roderick
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article describes a module the author built that allows members of the club to walk in and out of the layout by lifting up a bridge. The module's construction is key to be able to maintain the stability of the whole layout.

Building an Empire Part I

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1997 #6 December
Page:
10
Author:
Eric Miller
Scale:
S
Description:
The modular layout built for the 1995 NASG Convention continues to participate in local train shows in western Pennsylvania. It was built by the Altoona Area Train Collectors Club. Includes several photos of scenes on the layout, and a bullet-point history of the club's layout.

Compact End Modules

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1994 #6 December
Page:
12
Author:
Ted Larson
Scale:
S
Description:
The author designed and built two half-circle modules for use at home and at train shows.

Construction of the South Jersey S Gaugers Portable Layouts

Magazine:
S Scale Resource 2017-10/11
Page:
26
Author:
Michael McConnell
Scale:
S
Description:
This article covers the construction of the club's second modular layout, but starts off with the lessons learned from the first one. Includes many construction photos, and a photo of each module as completed. There is also a collection of links to YouTube videos featuring the layout (old and new).

Corner Module Design

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1995 #2 April
Page:
18
Author:
Denis Fortier
Scale:
S
Description:
Simon Parent and the author built three modules to compose a corner module that has a lot of interesting track work on it. He describes how they designed and built them. The article includes a track plan and several photos.

Designing & Building the Emey Falls Module

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2017-02
Page:
118
Author:
Robert Klaren
Scale:
N
Description:
The Swedish author shares how he built the two-meter long set of modules. Includes track plans and many model photos.

Dody Stevens' Awarding Winning Modules

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1997 #6 December
Page:
19
Author:
Paul Inman
Scale:
S
Description:
Photos and a brief description of NASG membership secretary, Dody Stevens' two modules.

Eastern Junction

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2009 Fall
Page:
24
Author:
Gary Carmichael
Scale:
S
Description:
Gary is recycling a set of modules he has used for various layouts in other scales into an S-scale layout. This month's column also has some very nice comments about my model railroad web site! He also encourages us to think about modeling a Santa Claus train on our layouts during the holidays.

Eastern Junction

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2012 Summer
Page:
23
Author:
Gary Carmichael
Scale:
S
Description:
The author talks about what he has been working on with regard to his Sn2 modules, and what he has been working on next for the modules: the Kennebec Central Coal Dock.

Eastern Junction

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2012 Winter
Page:
23
Author:
Gary Carmichael
Scale:
S
Description:
The author reviews the Sn2 Crew's attendance of the 2012 National Narrow Gauge Convention in Randolph, Maine. It includes a review of the changes the group introduced on their layout at this show.

Expanding Your Modular Layout

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-07/08
Page:
31
Author:
Jim Fitzgerald
Description:
Building a larger NTRAK layout using two end loops (E3 and E4), and three straight modules with lots of switching possibilities. This layout would be 2' x 19'. Another diagram is shown for a show layout using four corner sections and six straight sections, making a layout that is 6' x 20'.

Folding Legs

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1994 #5 October
Page:
24
Author:
Ted Larson
Scale:
S
Description:
The author shares the design ideas behind the folding legs of his local N-scale club, and how they can be used in S-scale modules.

Hampton, NJ: A Plan for a Free-mo Interchange

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-12
Page:
100
Author:
Otto Vondrak
Description:
An HO-scale modular layout based on the prototype covered in another article of this issue of the magazine.

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1996 #3 June
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
Consider designing in operations into the continuously-circling trains on a club's modular layout at a train show.

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2001 #4 August
Page:
6
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
The author lists the handful of truly portable S-scale layouts that are around, and suggests that the new NASG President, Roy Hoffman, spends some effort at trying to get other groups or individuals to build portable layout.

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2005 #2 April
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
The author compares the S-MOD standard modular layouts to the new Free-mo standard S-scale layouts.

Joining Rails of Different Sizes

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1996 #2 April
Page:
22
Author:
Bill Krause
Scale:
S
Description:
This article covers how to handle modules with different rail heights (code 125 and code 100).

Kato Contest

Magazine:
All Scale Rails 2017-01/02
Page:
4
Author:
Bonnie Domrois
Scale:
N
Description:
For winning the Kato contest a Japanese High School team got to travel to the 2016 Trainfest show in the U.S., and show their winning module. Includes several close-up photos of the model of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial.

Kirby Vincent's Module Layout

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-07/08
Page:
66
Author:
Kirby Vincent
Description:
While in between layouts, the author built this module. Photos are close-ups of the highlights of the module.

Lightweight Layout

Magazine:
N-Scale 1999-05/06
Page:
24
Author:
John Palecki
Scale:
N
Description:
Using only foam board to build a complete module. Include information about how to make a handy straight-line cutter.

Lightweight Module Construction

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1996-02
Page:
95
Author:
Sheldon Levy
Description:
The author describes a different approach he took to building a module that is strong, durable, and light.

Lightweight Modules

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-05
Page:
63
Author:
Walt Muren
Description:
Using Gatorboard for the module surface and PVC pipe for legs, the author managed to save some weight from both straight and corner modules. Some specialty tools are required to make the whole work. How he deals with wires and foldable legs are also included.

Modeling Canada in S The British Way

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1994 #6 December
Page:
35
Author:
Kelvin White
Scale:
S
Description:
A design for a set of modules that model the Finistere, New Brunswick. Includes track plan.

Modular Backdrop

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1993 #3 June
Page:
34
Author:
Bill Krause
Scale:
S
Description:
Building modular backdrops from foamcore boards fastened with Velcro.

Modular Layout Ideas

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1992-04/05
Page:
18
Author:
V.S. Roseman
Scale:
S
Description:
How "carrier control" (pre-cursor to modernday DCC) affects the S-MOD modules' wiring. Also covered are putting the carrier-control decoders in secondary cars, and how to wire the plugs between it and the engine. The author also covers the fact that facing-point turnouts should be avoided on modules to simplify operations. Finally, he discusses the idea of improving storage by using car floats.

Modular Standards Committee Report

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1988 #4 October
Page:
28
Author:
Don DeWitt
Scale:
S
Description:
The final track plan of the largest S-scale modular layout built and operated up to that point in time is shown.

Modular Standards Committee Update

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1986 #4 Fall
Page:
20
Author:
Don DeWitt
Scale:
S
Description:
Don takes over from Tom Hawley to manage the standards for S-scale modular railroading. The issue covered here was the electrical connectors to be used for modules.

Modular Standards Committee Update

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1988 #1 March
Page:
16
Author:
Don DeWitt
Scale:
S
Description:
The page shows a CAD drawing of the layout/track plan of the S-MOD modules scheduled to attend at the 1988 NASG Convention. Measuring 50'x90', and consisting of 60 modules, this would be the largest such setup.

Modular Standards Committee Update

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1988 #2 June
Page:
13
Author:
Don DeWitt
Scale:
S
Description:
The page shows a CAD drawing of the layout/track plan of the S-MOD modules scheduled to attend at the 1988 NASG Convention. The layout has been updated based on responses from clubs, and it is now scheduled to measure 74'x118', 468' of track.

Module Corner

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1995 #6 December
Page:
8
Author:
Ted Larson
Scale:
S
Description:
This column shares the design of Jack Troxell on how the Houston S Gaugers built their rounded corner modules.

Module Corner

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1996 #1 February
Page:
24
Author:
Bill Krause
Scale:
S
Description:
The author shares how the Connecticut S-Gaugers club decided on the dimensions of their modules. Shows diagrams of how they did their corner modules.

Module Corner

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1996 #3 June
Page:
10
Author:
Bill Krause
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes corner modules that can handle large equipment, and designing a set-up that doesn't require an odd spacer module with doing L-shaped set-ups.

Module Corner

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1997 #1 February
Page:
8
Author:
Ted Larson
Scale:
S
Description:
The column covers how the Houston S Gaugers shape the legs of the modules for the club layout. Includes design diagrams, and the jig used for shaping the legs.

Module Corner

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1997 #2 April
Page:
15
Author:
Bill Krause
Scale:
S
Description:
The column covers how the Connecticut S Gaugers hand-laid the track on their modules.

Module Corner

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1998 #1 February
Page:
8
Author:
Ted Larson
Scale:
S
Description:
Folding legs and reducing weight, and how the Rochester Area S Gaugers do it. Includes design diagrams of a standard module for the club.

Module Corner

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1998 #2 April
Page:
16
Author:
Ted Larson
Scale:
S
Description:
Construction diagrams of how the Altoona Area Train Collectors Club's modules are built, both straight and corners.

Module Corner

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1999 #3 June
Page:
22
Author:
Ted Larson
Scale:
S
Description:
Tips on how to apply ballast using a mustard bottle.

Module Corner

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2000 #2 April
Page:
20
Author:
Ted Larson
Scale:
S
Description:
Photos and a brief description of the Central New York S Gaugers.

Module Corner

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2000 #3 June
Page:
11
Author:
Dan Vandermause
Scale:
S
Description:
Photos and a description of the Potomac Valley S Gauge Association first modular layout. Includes track plans of some of the modules.

Module Corner

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2001 #6 December
Page:
8
Author:
Ted Larson
Scale:
S
Description:
This column covers the perception that S-MOD standard requires heavy materials for its construction, a report on what modular railroading is being done in Alberta, Canada, and a report of modular layouts in Michigan.

Module Corner

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2005 #2 April
Page:
13
Author:
Ken Garber
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes his figure-8 set-up that he used at a regional flea market show, where the engine just clears the caboose at the crossing. Includes one photo.

Module Corner

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2006 #6 December
Page:
10
Author:
Ted Larson
Scale:
S
Description:
Shows two modular set-up drawings of the Central Jersey S Scalers in 1987 and 1988 at the Rail Expo in Jersey City, NJ.

Module Corner Part 1

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1998 #3 June
Page:
20
Author:
Chuck Smith
Scale:
S
Description:
Covers the step-by-step process that the Rochester Area S Gaugers took to install code 148 flextrack on their club modules. Includes many photos.

Module Corner Part 2

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1998 #5 October
Page:
24
Author:
Chuck Smith
Scale:
S
Description:
Continuing with the Rochester Area S Gaugers' module construction article, this installment covers how the club ballasts their track. Includes several photos.

Module Corner Part I

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1995 #5 October
Page:
20
Author:
Ted Larson
Scale:
S
Description:
While there is no standard in S-MOD for corner modules, this article present some designs for a 48-inch square corner module, with inside and outside corner "cut off" to save on space.

Module Corner Part I

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1997 #3 June
Page:
12
Author:
Bill Krause
Scale:
S
Description:
The column covers how the Connecticut S Gaugers built their corner modules.

Module Corner Part II

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1997 #5 October
Page:
24
Author:
Bill Krause
Scale:
S
Description:
The construction information about the Connecticut S Gaugers' corner modules continues.

Module Corner Part III

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1997 #6 December
Page:
20
Author:
Bill Krause
Scale:
S
Description:
The construction information about the Connecticut S Gaugers' corner modules continues, covering trackwork in this issue.

Mountain Division Track Height

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-10/11
Page:
63
Author:
Jim Fitzgerald
Scale:
N
Description:
Why the mountain division track is 3-1/8" high.

North Carolina Portable Switching Layout

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2010 #5 October
Page:
28
Author:
Monte Heppe
Scale:
S
Description:
There being only two S-scale modelers in the all-scale club to which the author belongs, he decided that it would be better to build a portable switching layout serving six industries and a team track in a 2' x 8' space, rather than a full-blown modular layout. Includes photos of the layout, including how it folds up.

Ntrack at Dearborn

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-11
Page:
82
Author:
Jim Hediger
Scale:
N
Description:
A photo article showing some of the NTrak modules at the recent NMRA show.

NTRAK Airport

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-07/08
Page:
24
Author:
Henry Ellett
Scale:
N
Description:
This module shows a 1950s airport, with lights, buildings, mirror, airplanes, and much vertical scenery. Includes a road with bridges that goes under the track.

Ntrak Sets a World's Record

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1991-03
Page:
90
Author:
Lou Sassi
Scale:
N
Description:
On November 11, 1990 twelve Ntrak clubs got together and build a 21.3 scale mile H-shaped layout from 176 modules. Shows an overall photo and several modules.

Ntrak Today

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1985-11
Page:
70
Author:
Jim Kelly
Scale:
N
Description:
Photos of modules accompany this article where Jim covers the history of NTrak, how it influenced modular layouts in other scales, and why NTrak has been so successful. A sidebar about Jim Fitzgerald honors the man who spearheaded the NTrak movement.

On the Banks of the Mississippi

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-01/02
Page:
20
Author:
Wolfgang Glockner
Scale:
N
Description:
A 6' x 4' module made to show the mainline running on an embankment along the east shoreline of the Mississippi river. It has hidden staging, and can be run automatically. The scenery and water are very realistic looking.

One Club's Solution

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1993 #6 December
Page:
13
Author:
Gaylord Gill
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how to implement the electrical standard of the S-MOD wiring standard.

One Module Challenge Chama Division of the San Juan Extension, 1937

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2016-04
Page:
100
Author:
Peter Vassallo
Scale:
HOn3
Description:
The author describes the prototype he designed the module after, how he built it, and how he used just that one module and two staging yards on either end to operate the module, allowing for individual stages to grow the layout into the final full-room design.

Short-and-Easy

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1990 #2 April
Page:
17
Author:
Gaylord Gill
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes the Southeastern Michigan S Gaugers modular layout's Power-Pack Tether that the club uses to route power to the modules.

Standard-Gauge Module Craftsmanship

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1992-06/07
Page:
30
Authors:
David Held & Gaylord Gill
Scale:
S
Description:
The authors each describe how they built their modules for the joint NMRA/NASG Convention in Pittsburgh in 1991.

Sub Modules

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-01/02
Page:
30
Author:
David W. Savage
Scale:
N
Description:
Shows how to build small 5" x 5" (or multiples thereof) dioramas that can be interchanged on an NTRAK module so that the same module will look differently from time to time.

T-TRAK Modules

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-03/04
Page:
66
Author:
Lee & Jim FitzGerald
Scale:
N
Description:
The authors describe the new standard based on the Japanese idea of super-small modules that can be put together to build a large N-scale layout.

That's Entertainment

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2001 #6 December
Page:
13
Author:
John Eichmann
Scale:
S
Description:
The article covers the history of the Lookout Junction layout built by the Rocky Mountain Hi-Railers, based in Boise, Idaho. Includes the track plan and some photos of the layout.

The Bailey Bridge System

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1991 #6 December
Page:
22
Author:
Dave Bailey
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he built a strip of Masonite hardboard, to which he fastened 3" track pieces as a quick way to install the bridge rail pieces between the modules of his yard.

The Big Lift

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2003-11/12
Page:
24
Author:
Steve Newton
Scale:
N
Description:
Building a self-supporting lift-up section for a modular layout so that walking through the layout is easier.

The Lauderdale Shore Line Model Railroad Club's Modules

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1988-01
Page:
90
Author:
Carl Caiati
Scale:
HO
Description:
A description of how this club's 20 modules were built, and what the various members of the club do.

The Mating Habits of the North American Module

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-02
Page:
48
Author:
Tom K
Description:
The author shows how he built his own custom metal brackets to make sure the modules align perfectly each time.

The Module Corner

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1994 #2 April
Page:
31
Author:
Ted Larson
Scale:
S
Description:
The author introduces the column that will cover topics related to modular model railroading in S-scale.

The Oldest "S" Gauge Modular Layout

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1986 #2 Spring
Page:
14
Author:
Lee Johnson
Scale:
S
Description:
The author, at the time being a member of the Delaware Valley S Gaugers, describes how the club decided to build modules to form a layout back in 1972 in time for the 1973 NASG Convention. This article covers their construction techniques, how they handled the modules' borders, and includes many photos. In 1979 he moved to San Francisco, and the modules are now part of the Bay Area S Scalers club display layout.

The Oregon S Scalers' Portable Layout

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1993 #6 December
Page:
6
Author:
Dick Karnes
Scale:
S
Description:
The club's modules do not necessarily conform to the NASG's S-MOD standard, but the layout has been set-up a number of times in 1992. Includes several close-up photos.

The S-MOD System Building a Portable Control Panel Part 1

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1989 #2 April
Page:
25
Author:
Don DeWitt
Scale:
S
Description:
This article covers how to wire a block control panel to an S-MOD module. Includes wiring diagrams.

The S-MOD System Building a Portable Control Panel Part 2

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1989 #3 June
Page:
11
Author:
Don DeWitt
Scale:
S
Description:
In this installment, the control panel is actually designed and constructed, the switches are wired, and the module is tested.

The S-MOD System Checking the Wiring in Your Module

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1989 #1 February
Page:
20
Author:
Don DeWitt
Scale:
S
Description:
This article assumes that you have an S-MOD module, and you are having electrical issues. This was in response to the majority of the issues the author observed in others' modules. It covers the basics of the wiring scheme, and how to trouble-shoot an existing system.

This Is S Gauge Modular Layout Update

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1997 #3 June
Page:
10
Author:
Tom Robinson
Scale:
S
Description:
The author shares updates he has made to his traveling modular layout. Includes a couple of photos and a track plan. The idea behind the layout is to show American Flyer, but also the new products available in S-scale.

Thoughts on Modular Traction Design

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1985-10
Page:
82
Author:
Bruce Goehmann
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author is proposing three standards for interchangeable modular layouts using traction, as inspired by the NTrak standard. The standards are "rural/farm", "big city", and "heavy electric" modeling. Various track plans and model photos of the author's modules are included.

Tom Robinson Builds a Modular-Portable Display Layout

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1996 #3 June
Page:
18
Author:
Tom Robinson
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes the modules he built for an S-scale display layout to take to local shows where no S-scale layouts were being set up. Includes photos and a track plan.

Tualatin Valley NTRAK

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-07/08
Page:
64
Author:
Jerry Green
Scale:
N
Description:
Building modules with a visual continuity modeled after the Pacific Northwest as part of the club.

Turning the Corner at Kanawha Falls

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-12
Page:
78
Author:
Bernard Kempinski
Scale:
N
Description:
8' x 8' corner module.

Victoria NTRAK Club Layout

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-05/06
Page:
26
Author:
Robert D. Turner
Scale:
N
Description:
The article includes photos of the module, as well as a track plan drawing.