My Library - Magazine Articles By Category: 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 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.

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.

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.

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'.

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.

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.

Modular Backdrop

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 16, Number 3, June 1993
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 Volume 11, Number 4, October 1988
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 Volume 09, Number 4, Fall 1986
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 Volume 11, Number 1, March 1988
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 Volume 11, Number 2, June 1988
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 Volume 30, Number 6, December 2006
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.

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 Volume 34, Number 5, October 2010
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 Volume 16, Number 6, December 1993
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 Volume 13, Number 2, April 1990
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.

The Bailey Bridge System

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 14, Number 6, December 1991
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 Oldest "S" Gauge Modular Layout

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 09, Number 2, Spring 1986
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 Volume 16, Number 6, December 1993
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 Volume 12, Number 2, April 1989
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 Volume 12, Number 3, June 1989
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 Volume 12, Number 1, February 1989
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.

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.

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.