Choosing A Modular Standard

Once I’d decided I’d like to have a go at building some modules the next step was to decide which modular standard I would use.

After many hours reading the different standards it became apparent that many focused on putting as many tracks as possible onto relatively small boards with tight curves to maximize the available space. Don’t misunderstand me, I don’t think there is anything wrong with that, but I already knew I wanted to create modules that were as realistic as possible.

That narrowed my choices down to either Free-MoN or FremoN-RE.

Two key factors led me to using FremoN-RE standards:

The first is that FremoN-RE has standards for double track endplates whereas Free-MoM only allows single-track endplates; fine for North America but not most European prototypes.

The second was that although I’d have loved to build my modules to the Free-MoN standard width of 2ft or 60cm it does make the modules a little harder to transport and store.

In any case, I thought I could always build some Free-MoN standard modules and connect them to my FremoN-RE modules using special transition modules at either end.

Your objectives might of course differ so it’s always worth reading through the different standards and picking the one the standard that best matches what you’re trying to achieve. If you’re keen to take part in modular events it’s also worth finding out whether clubs in your area have adopted a particular standard as it’ll make getting involved much easier.

You can take a look at a list of N-scale modular standards on the links page here. I wouldn’t be surprised if there many more than this so feel free to leave a comment if you think there are more that are worthy of inclusion.

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