Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been playing with potential module plans in a track planning application called XTraCAD and starting the process of converting real world locations on Annacis Island to N scale modules.
I’ve quickly realised that even in N scale, compromise will be necessary…
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Now that I’ve started finding some interesting locations it’s about time I started thinking about the steps needed to turn those location into working modules.
I suppose the first thing to think about is track. The FremoN-RE modular standard I’ve adopted offers plenty of guidance (a.k.a rules) on what’s acceptable. However I’m already thinking I’ll probably need to bend at least one of these rules to build what I can see in my head…
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Just a quick update on the SRY locomotive roster today.
SRY 902 New Westminster BC 2006_1031 by Stephen Rees – Own work,
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Location: Vancouver, Canada
Annacis Island is a largely industrial island on the Fraser river in British Columbia, Canada. It is located in the Delta region of the Vancouver metropolitan area, just south of downtown Vancouver.
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The numerous industrial buildings and extensive network of track (including a rail-barge terminal) you can see on the map above provide plenty of opportunities for modules or a larger industrial switching layout.
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Having chosen a modular standard, the first thing you need to do is start cutting…
No not really, the first thing to do is read the standards document because this will usually give you very strict guidelines on the dimensions of the endplate. The endplate is where different modules will be connected together and for this to happen easily and reliably, the endplate needs to be uniform on all modules of the same standard. As it’s such a key part of the module, it makes sense to design the rest of the framework around the endplate.
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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.
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I thought I better get on and make my first post and explain what I hope to achieve on these pages.
I’ve actually been thinking about building a model railway for many years. During this time I developed an interest in prototypes in both North America and Europe, amassed a sizeable collection of models from both locations and so could never settle on a particular country or location to model. Then I found out about modular layouts and that seemed to be the answer I was looking for as I wouldn’t be forced to commit to a particular country or location in the limited space I had available.
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