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Introduction

The module is the basic component of an NTRAK layout. Details of the modules that will be part of a layout, whether at a local clubhouse or at a train show, are vital to the successful design of the layout, in which various modules are interconnected. This page contain details of all NTRAK modules owned by Members and Associate Members of the North Raleigh Model Railroad Club (NRMRC) as well as Club-owned modules and modules on loan to the club.

This page was inspired by, and generally follows the Modules page originated by Northern Virginia NTRAK (NVNTRAK), and uses the same symbols and categories as the NVNTRAK page.

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Modules

A basic module is a 2-foot deep by four-, six- or eight-foot long section of a model railroad. Other dimensions are possible, but this is the most common.

There are normally three standard tracks on an NTRAK module — the two main lines and a branch line. The main lines are designated (from the front of the module) Red and Yellow. The branch line is designated Blue. Some modules have the branch (Blue) line in an alternate position (Alt Blue) and some modules have a mountain line (Green) at the rear of the module and elevated above the other tracks.

By connecting modules together, several people can build a layout limited only by the number of available modules and the square feet of available space. The smallest layout would be four corner modules. One of the largest layouts constructed used over 700 modules.

The basic reference for NTRAK modules is the NTRAK "How To" Manual, available from the NTRAK Modular Railroading Society Inc. at www.ntrak.org, or from your local NTRAK club.


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Special Feature Modules

There are many special features that can be added to a basic module to improve its operation and appearance, and enhance the railroading experience presented by the Club. This section defines these special features and their symbols as they will be used in the Roster and Details sections.


Alternate Branch Icon Alternate Blue Track

The NTRAK specifications permit an optional placement of the Blue track (referred to as "Alternate Blue"). NRMRC has many modules which feature this line.

Corner Module Icon Corner Module

Some modules are corner modules. These can be 3' or 4', inside or outside, etc.

Loop Icon Independent Loop

Some modules have independent loops of track for additional trains. These loops may be completely separate, or may connect to the branch Line (Blue) or one of the main lines (Red or Yellow).

Industry Icon Industrial District

Some members have constructed modules featuring industries and associated trackwork. These are designated as "Industrial District" modules. They provide locations for trains to drop off and/or pick up cars.

Junction Module Icon Junction Module

This is a special-purpose module which permits the joining of multiple module loops together along a "backbone" to create a larger layout.

Military Icon Military

Some modules include things of a military nature.

Mountain Division Icon Mountain Subdivision

The NTRAK specifications permit an optional "Mountain Subdivision" track (referred to as the "Green Line"). NRMRC has many modules which feature this line.

Siding Icon Siding

Some modules feature a passing siding(s) connected to one of the main tracks.

Saucer Icon Weird

Some modules are just plain strange...

Yard Icon Yard Facility

In order to provide a facility for deploying and recovering trains, several members have constructed modules featuring yards. These tend to be busy places for keeping trains running during a show.


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Module Roster

The following is a roster of the modules owned by Members and Associate Members of the NRMRC, by the Club itself or on loan to NRMRC. If a module has no icons in the Features column, it is generally a plain four- by two-foot module with only the three NTRAK tracks. If you click on the module name you will be taken to more detailed information for that module — this page for Club-owned modules or the Member Profile page for Member-owned modules.


Module Owner Features

3' Corner Module 1

NRMRC

Corner Icon

3' Corner Module 2

NRMRC

Corner Icon

3' Corner Module 3

NRMRC

Corner Icon

3' Corner Module 4

NRMRC

Corner Icon

ADM Grain

Brian Sadler

Mountain Icon  Yard Icon

Ampere Station, NJ

G. Donald Cariss

Mountain Icon  Yard Icon

Anderson Corner

NRMRC

Corner Icon  Alternate Branch Icon  Mountain Icon

Anderson Farm

NRMRC

Alternate Branch Icon  Mountain Icon

Appalachian Coal

Pete Slugg

Mountain Icon  Yard Icon

Breakneck Mountain

David Derway

Mountain Icon

Cariss Corner

G. Donald Cariss

Corner Icon  Alternate Branch Icon  Mountain Icon

Coco Forest Junction

Joel K. McCurry

Junction Module Icon  Mountain Icon

Crossovers

NRMRC

Alternate Branch Icon  Mountain Icon

DeMasi Wreck Corner

NRMRC

Corner Icon  Alternate Branch Icon  Mountain Icon

Dismal Swamp

NRMRC

Alternate Branch Icon  Mountain Icon

Foster Module

Gerry Foster

Mountain Icon

Geezer Gate

David Derway

Mountain Icon   Lift Bridge

Gold Hill Corner

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Corner Icon  Alternate Branch Icon  Mountain Icon

Harker Corner

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Corner Icon  Alternate Branch Icon  Mountain Icon

Hathaway Ridge

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Mountain Icon

High Bridge (4' Bridge Module)

Joel McCurry

Mountain Icon  Siding Icon

Inside Corner

NRMRC

Corner Icon  Alternate Branch Icon  Mountain Icon

Lollipop Farm

David Thompson

Mountain Icon  Corner Icon

Long Bridge (8' Bridge Module)

NRMRC

Mountain Icon  Yard Icon  Siding Icon

Loopy Junction

Joel K. McCurry

Junction Icon  Mountain Icon

Marion, NC

David M. Koss

Siding Icon  Industry Icon  Mountain Icon

McKeithan Creek

John Czarny

Siding Icon  Industry Icon  Mountain Icon

North Eastern, PA

G. Donald Cariss

Siding Icon  Industry Icon  Mountain Icon

Raleigh Yard

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Yard Icon  Loop Icon  Siding Icon  Mountain Icon

Red Rock Junction

David Thompson

Junction Icon  Mountain Icon

Rudy Valley

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Mountain Icon  Alternate Branch Icon  Siding Icon

Sturtevant, WI

James H. Reske

Siding Icon

Traxtown Ridge, PA

Thomas F. Fredenberg

Alternate Branch Icon  Mountain Icon

Why a Duck

Mark Blaustein

Mountain Icon


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NTRAK Module Availability

This section is intended to provide summary planning information on the availability of NRMRC member- and club-owned modules and modules on loan to the Club. The following legend applies:


ItemMeaning

As needed

Module is available at any time

Contact owner

Contact module owner to determine availability of module(s) for a particular show.

12VBus — Y

12VDC Bus (White) is 12-gauge wire with Powerpole connectors

12VBus — N

12VDC Bus (White) is 16-gauge wire with Cinch-Jones connectors or not present

AccBus — Y

Accessory Bus (Brown) is 12-gauge wire with Powerpole connectors

AccBus — N

Accessory Bus (Brown) is not present

LNTBus — Y

LocoNet Bus is present

LNTBus — N

LocoNet Bus is not present

Refurbish - N/A

Module being refurbished; not currently available

TrkBus — Y

Track Bus (Red, Yellow, Blue, etc.) is 12-gauge wire with Powerpole connectors

TrkBus — N

Track Bus (Red, Yellow, Blue, etc.) is 18-gauge wire with Cinch-Jones connectors


Availability

Owner Module Length TrkBus 12VBus AccBus LNTBus Availability

Mark Blaustein

Why a Duck

4'

Y

Y

N

Y

Contact owner

Don Cariss

Ampere Station

12'

Y

Y

N

Y

Contact owner

Cariss Corner

4' x 4'

Y

Y

N

Y

North Eastern

8'

Y

Y

N

Y

John Czarny

McKeithan Creek

8'

N

N

N

N

Contact owner

Dave Derway

Breakneck Mountain

8'

Y

Y

N

Y

Contact owner

Geezer Gate

4'

Y

N

N

N

Gerry Foster

4' Module

4'

Y

Y

N

Y

Contact owner

8' Module

8'

N

N

N

N

Refurbish - N/A

Tom Fredenberg

Anderson Farm

6'

N

N

N

N

Refurbish - N/A

Brothers

4'

Y

Y

N

Y

As needed

Traxtown Ridge

2'

Y

Y

N

Y

Dave Koss

Marion

12'

Y

Y

N

N

Contact owner

Joel McCurry

Coco Forest Junction

8'x 4'

N

N

N

N

Contact owner

Loopy Junction

6' x 4'

N

N

N

N

High Bridge (4')

4'

Y

Y

Y

Y

Main Module

12'

N

N

N

N

Refurbish - N/A

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3' Corner Module 1

3' x 3'

Y

Y

N

N

As needed

3' Corner Module 2

3' x 3'

Y

Y

N

N

3' Corner Module 3

3' x 3'

Y

Y

N

N

3' Corner Module 4

3' x 3'

Y

Y

N

N

Anderson Corner

4' x 4'

Y

Y

N

Y

Crossovers

6'

Y

Y

Y

Y

DeMasi Wreck Corner

4' x 4'

Y

Y

N

Y

Gold Hill Corner

4' x 4'

Y

Y

Y

Y

Harker Corner

4' x 4'

Y

Y

N

Y

Hathaway Ridge

4'

Y

Y

Y

Y

Inside Corner

4' x 4'

Y

Y

N

Y

Long Bridge (8')

8'

Y

Y

N

Y

Mountain Turn Straight

4'

N

N

N

N

Raleigh Yard

8'

Y

N

N

Y

Rudy Valley

4'

Y

Y

Y

Y

Jim Reske

Sturtevant

8'

Y

Y

N

N

Contact owner

Brain Sadler

ADM Grain

4'

Y

Y

Y

Y

Contact owner

Pete Slugg

Appalachian Coal

4'

Y

Y

N

N

Contact owner

Dave Thompson

Lollipop Farm

4' x 6'

Y

Y

N

Y

Contact owner

Red Rock Junction

8' x 4'

Y

Y

N

Y

John Wallis

Dismal Swamp

4'

Y

Y

Y

Y

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NRMRC-Owned Modules

3' Corner Module 1

3' Corner Module 2

3' Corner Module 3

3' Corner Module 4

Anderson Corner

Anderson Farm

Crossovers

DeMasi Wreck Corner

Gold Hill Corner

Harker Corner

Hathaway Ridge

Inside Corner

Long Bridge (8')

 

Raleigh Yard

Rudy Valley


Privately-Owned Modules on Loan

 

 

Traxtown Ridge, PA

 


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Legend

All descriptions refer to looking at the front of the module.
CCW = Counter-clockwise; CW = Clockwise
Crossovers indicate travel from left to right.
Div, Divn = Division
Mountain Division = Green Track
Mtn = Mountain




Module: 3' Corner Module 1

Under Construction

Owner Name:

NRMRC

Builder Name:

 

Date Built:

 

Status:

 

Module Type:

Standard 3' corner module

Length:

3'

Width:

3'

Passing Sidings:

None

Other Tracks:

None

Industrial Spurs:

None

Yard Tracks:

None

Engine Service:

None

Crossovers:

None

Electrical:

Track Buses:

12-Gauge Wire with Powerpole Connectors

12VDC Bus (White):

12-Gauge Wire with Powerpole Connectors

Accessory Bus (Brown):

Not installed

LocoNet Bus:

Not installed

Module Photograph

Track Plan

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Module: 3' Corner Module 2

Under Construction

Owner Name:

NRMRC

Builder Name:

 

Date Built:

 

Status:

 

Module Type:

Standard 3' corner module

Length:

3'

Width:

3'

Passing Sidings:

None

Other Tracks:

None

Industrial Spurs:

None

Yard Tracks:

None

Engine Service:

None

Crossovers:

None

Electrical:

Track Buses:

12-Gauge Wire with Powerpole Connectors

12VDC Bus (White):

12-Gauge Wire with Powerpole Connectors

Accessory Bus (Brown):

Not installed

LocoNet Bus:

Not installed

Module Photograph

Track Plan

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Module: 3' Corner Module 3

Under Construction

Owner Name:

NRMRC

Builder Name:

 

Date Built:

 

Status:

 

Module Type:

Standard 3' corner module

Length:

3'

Width:

3'

Passing Sidings:

None

Other Tracks:

None

Industrial Spurs:

None

Yard Tracks:

None

Engine Service:

None

Crossovers:

None

Electrical:

Track Buses:

12-Gauge Wire with Powerpole Connectors

12VDC Bus (White):

12-Gauge Wire with Powerpole Connectors

Accessory Bus (Brown):

Not installed

LocoNet Bus:

Not installed

Module Photograph

Track Plan

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Module: 3' Corner Module 4

Under Construction

Owner Name:

NRMRC

Builder Name:

 

Date Built:

 

Status:

 

Module Type:

Standard 3' corner module

Length:

3'

Width:

3'

Passing Sidings:

None

Other Tracks:

None

Industrial Spurs:

None

Yard Tracks:

None

Engine Service:

None

Crossovers:

None

Electrical:

Track Buses:

12-Gauge Wire with Powerpole Connectors

12VDC Bus (White):

12-Gauge Wire with Powerpole Connectors

Accessory Bus (Brown):

Not installed

LocoNet Bus:

Not installed

Module Photograph

Track Plan

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Module: Anderson Corner (4' Corner Module)

Owner Name:

NRMRC

Builder Name:

James Anderson

Date Built:

1990

Status:

Complete

Module Type:

Standard 4' corner module with Mountain Division & Alternate Blue

Length:

4'

Width:

4'

Passing Sidings:

None

Other Tracks:

Mountain/Alternate Blue

Industrial Spurs:

None

Yard Tracks:

None

Engine Service:

None

Crossovers:

None

Electrical:

Track Buses:

12-Gauge Wire with Powerpole Connectors

12VDC Bus (White):

12-Gauge Wire with Powerpole Connectors

Accessory Bus (Brown):

Not installed

LocoNet Bus:

Installed; Universal Panels front and back

Module Photograph

Anderson Corner Photo

Track Plan

Anderson Corner Track Plan

Description

4' corner module with mountains and valley with stream. Track continuous through the module. Standard NTRAK 4' corner module construction/design.


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Module: Anderson Farm,

Under Construction


Owner Name:

NRMRC

Builder Name:

Jim Anderson

Date Built:

1990

Status:

Being renovated

Module Type:

Standard 6' Module with Alternate Blue & Mountain Division

Length:

6'

Width:

2'

Passing Sidings:

None

Other Tracks:

Alt Blue + Mountain Division

Industrial Spurs:

See below

Yard Tracks:

None

Engine Service:

None

Crossovers:

B to Y, Y to R, B to Alt B

Electrical:

Track Buses:

18-Gauge Wire with Cinch-Jones Connectors

12VDC Bus (White):

Not installed

Accessory Bus (Brown):

Not installed

LocoNet Bus:

Not installed

Module Photograph

Anderson Farm Photo

Track Plan

Description

June 1971 — It is a hot summer day near Phillipsburg, New Jersey. The Anderson's divide their time working the fields, tending the livestock and running the family business across the tracks.

At times, this small farming community seems very alive and busy. The mainlines south of the farmhouse are owned and operated by the Erie Lackawanna, Lehigh Valley and the Central Railroad of New Jersey. Meanwhile, the Penn Central operates the branchline servicing the Anderson Fuel & Supply Company. The high line to the north is part of the Central Railroad of New Jersey's High Bridge Branch.

The Anderson Fuel & Supply Company provides local farmers and merchants with coal, gravel, bagged cement, machinery parts, lumber and other farming and agricultural supplies. The team track enables local farmers to ship their goods to market via refrigerated boxcars and provides a ramp for tractor and motorized machinery loading and unloading.

At the eastern corner of the house is Anderson Farm Road. Up until 1953 it was a dirt and gravel road. But as business became profitable, the road was paved to provide a better and a more comfortable service to their customers. Headed east about 1.5 miles, Anderson Farm Road intersects with Route 519 heading into Phillipsburg.

Residing in Raleigh, North Carolina, Jim Anderson originally built this module as part of his fictitious Central Atlantic Railway (CARY) system in 1990. The CARY operated from Beaufort, North Carolina to Bristol, Tennessee. Anderson Farm became club property sometime during the 1990's.

In February 2003, Anderson Farm was adopted by Tom Fredenberg and "relocated" to Phillipsburg, New Jersey. Essentially, it remains as Jim scenicked it, but a few needed upgrades and alignments were done.

Industries

Industry

Connecting Track

Normal Switch Direction

Car Types

Spur Capacity

Coal Unloader

Alt Blue

Clockwise

Hopper

4

Grain Co-op

Alt Blue

Clockwise

Box

3


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Module: Crossovers

Owner Name:

NRMRC

Builder Name:

James Anderson

Date Built:

1990

Status:

Renovated 2009

Module Type:

Standard 6' module with Mountain Division & Alternate Blue Transition

Length:

6'

Width:

2'

Passing Sidings:

None

Other Tracks:

Mountain/Alternate Blue Transition (at left)

Industrial Spurs:

None

Yard Tracks:

None

Engine Service:

None

Crossovers:

AB–B, R–Y–B, B–Y–R

Electrical:

Track Buses:

12-Gauge Wire with Powerpole Connectors

12VDC Bus (White):

12-Gauge Wire with Powerpole Connectors

Accessory Bus (Brown):

12-Gauge Wire with Powerpole Connectors

LocoNet Bus:

Installed

Module Photograph

Anderson Transition Photo

Track Plan

Anderson Transition Track Plan

Description

Craggy rocks separate plains with main railroad tracks from the Mountain Division track. A former Alternate Blue to Mountain crossover track has been abandoned in place. Remnants of thsi track remain with the tunnels portals blocked.

This module was renovated in 2008/2009 with all new wiring, new crossovers at right side of module, and refurbishment of the scenery.


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Module: DeMasi Wreck Corner (4' Inside Corner Module)

Under Construction

Owner Name:

NRMRC

Builder Name:

Don Cariss

Date Built:

2007

Status:

Complete

Module Type:

Standard 4' inside corner module

Length:

4'

Width:

4'

Passing Sidings:

None

Other Tracks:

Mountain Division, Alternate Blue

Industrial Spurs:

None

Yard Tracks:

None

Engine Service:

None

Crossovers:

None

Electrical:

Track Buses:

12-Gauge Wire with Powerpole Connectors

12VDC Bus (White):

Installed

Accessory Bus (Brown):

Not installed

LocoNet Bus:

Installed

Module Photograph

DeMasi Wreck Corner Front
DeMasi Wreck Corner

DeMasi Wreck Scene
DeMasi Corner Wreck Scene

Track Plan

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Module: Gold Hill Corner (4' Corner Module)

Owner Name:

NRMRC

Builder Name:

NRMRC, Linwood Wells

Date Built:

Rebuilt 2009

Status:

Complete

Module Type:

Standard 4' corner module with Mountain Division turnaround loop

Length:

4'

Width:

4'

Passing Sidings:

None

Other Tracks:

Mountain Division, Alternate Blue

Industrial Spurs:

None

Yard Tracks:

None

Engine Service:

None

Crossovers:

None

Electrical:

Track Buses:

12-Gauge Wire with Powerpole Connectors

12VDC Bus (White):

Installed

Accessory Bus (Brown):

Not installed

LocoNet Bus:

Installed

Module Photograph

Gold Hill Corner Left View

Gold Hill Corner Center View

Gold Hill Corner Right View

Track Plan

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Module: Harker Corner (4' Corner Module)

Owner Name:

NRMRC

Builder Name:

Vernon D. Harker, Linwood Wells

Date Built:

1990

Status:

Complete

Module Type:

4' Corner with Mountain and Alternate Blue tracks

Length:

4'

Width:

4'

Passing Sidings:

None

Other Tracks:

Mountain/Alternate Blue

Industrial Spurs:

None

Yard Tracks:

None

Engine Service:

None

Crossovers:

None

Electrical:

Track Buses:

12-Gauge Wire with Powerpole Connectors

12VDC Bus (White):

12-Gauge Wire with Powerpole Connectors

Accessory Bus (Brown):

Not installed

LocoNet Bus:

Installed; Universal Panels front and back

Module Photograph

Harker Corner Photo

Track Plan

Harker Corner Track Plan

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Module: Hathaway Ridge

Owner Name:

NRMRC

Builder Name:

Todd Hathaway, David Thompson

Date Built:

1993

Status:

Complete

Module Type:

Standard 4' Module with Mountain Division

Length:

4'

Width:

2'

Passing Sidings:

None

Other Tracks:

Mountain Division

Industrial Spurs:

None

Yard Tracks:

None

Engine Service:

None

Crossovers:

None

Electrical:

Track Buses:

12-Gauge Wire with Powerpole Connectors

12VDC Bus (White):

12-Gauge Wire with Powerpole Connectors

Accessory Bus (Brown):

12-Gauge Wire with Powerpole Connectors

LocoNet Bus:

Installed

Module Photograph

Hathaway Ridge Photo

Track Plan

Hathaway Ridge Track Plan

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Module: Inside Corner (4' Corner Module)

Under Construction

Owner Name:

NRMRC

Builder Name:

Don Cariss

Date Built:

2007

Status:

Being scenicked

Module Type:

Standard 4' inside corner module

Length:

4'

Width:

4'

Passing Sidings:

None

Other Tracks:

Mountain Division, Alternate Blue

Industrial Spurs:

None

Yard Tracks:

None

Engine Service:

None

Crossovers:

None

Electrical:

Track Buses:

12-Gauge Wire with Powerpole Connectors

12VDC Bus (White):

Installed

Accessory Bus (Brown):

Not installed

LocoNet Bus:

Installed

Module Photograph

Inside Corner

Track Plan

Description


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Module: Long Bridge (8' Bridge Module)

Owner Name:

NRMRC

Builder Name:

David Derway & David McDowell

Date Built:

2004

Status:

Complete

Module Type:

8' Bridge with Mountain Division; Peco Cd55 track & turnouts with Atlas Cd80 at ends

Length:

8' (2 x 4')

Width:

2' in two sections

Passing Sidings:

Green

Other Tracks:

Orange + Mountain Division

Industrial Spurs:

None

Yard Tracks:

Crossovers allow use as parallel yard

Engine Service:

None

Crossovers:

R-O, R-Y, Y-B, B-Y, Y-R, O-R

Electrical:

Track Buses:

12-Gauge Wire with Powerpole Connectors

12VDC Bus (White):

12-Gauge Wire with Powerpole Connectors

Accessory Bus (Brown):

Not installed

LocoNet Bus:

Installed

Special:

This module provides very flexible train routing, and can be used as a small parallel yard. Orange track is continuous to module ends.

Module Photograph

High Bridge Photo Left

High Bridge Photo Right
High Bridge (Top photo = Left half of module; Bottom photo = Right half)

Track Plan

high Bridge Track Plan Left

High Bridge Track Plan Right
High Bridge (Top photo = Left half of module; Bottom photo = Right half)

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Module: Raleigh Yard

Under Construction

Owner Name:

NRMRC

Builder Name:

Various

Date Built:

1998

Status:

Track/Wiring Update underway

Module Type:

Special set of modules — T-module (wye) + crossover module + yard modules

Length:

16' variable

Width:

Varies, 32" max.

Passing Sidings:

Red on T, other in yard

Other Tracks:

Mountain Division and Reverse Loop

Industrial Spurs:

None

Yard Tracks:

Yes, 20

Engine Service:

None

Crossovers:

Yes, in yard

Electrical:

Track Buses:

12 Gauge Wire with Powerpole Conenctors

12VDC Bus (White):

Not installed

Accessory Bus (Brown):

Not installed

LocoNet Bus:

Installed

Module Photographs

Raleigh Yard Overall View
Overall View of Raleigh Yard

Raleigh Yard Left Junction
Raleigh Yard Left Junction

Raleigh Yard Right Junction
Raleigh Yard Right Junction

Raleigh Yard Route Control Panel
Raleigh Yard Route Control Panels

Raleigh Yard Crossover Module
Raleigh Yard Crossover Module

Raleigh Yard Throat
Raleigh Yard Throat

Track Plan

Description

T-Module has normal NTRAK wiring. Other modules have special wiring. Hinged legs.


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Module: Rudy Valley

Owner Name:

NRMRC

Builder Name:

Rudy Hines

Date Built:

1992

Status:

Complete

Module Type:

Standard 4' module with Mountain Division

Length:

4'

Width:

2'

Passing Sidings:

None

Other Tracks:

Mountain Division

Industrial Spurs:

None

Yard Tracks:

None

Engine Service:

None

Crossovers:

Blue to Alternate Blue at right end

Electrical:

Track Buses:

12-Gauge Wire with Powerpole Connectors

12VDC Bus (White):

12-Gauge Wire with Powerpole Connectors

Accessory Bus (Brown):

12-Gauge Wire with Powerpole Connectors

LocoNet Bus:

Installed

Module Photograph

Rudy Valley Photo

Track Plan

Rudy Valley Track Plan

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Module: Traxtown Ridge, PA

Owner Name:

NRMRC

Builder Name:

Thomas F. Fredenberg

Date Built:

Unknown, rebuilt 2003

Status:

Complete

Module Type:

Standard 2' Module with Alternate Blue and Mountain Division

Length:

2'

Width:

2'

Passing Sidings:

None

Other Tracks:

Alternate Blue

Industrial Spurs:

See below

Yard Tracks:

None

Engine Service:

None

Crossovers:

None

Electrical:

Track Buses:

12-Gauge Wire with Powerpole Connectors

12VDC Bus (White):

12-Gauge Wire with Powerpole Connectors

Accessory Bus (Brown):

Not installed

LocoNet Bus:

Installed

Scenery:

NE Pennsylvania, autumn (mid-October), ablaze with color.

Module Photograph

Traxtown Ridge Photo

Track Plan

Traxtown Ridge Track Plan

Description

October 1969 — It is a cool day in northeastern Pennsylvania's Wyoming Valley anthracite region. The autumn colors set the countryside ablaze. Winter is just around the corner and soon, snow will blanket this mountainous terrain.

Traxtown Ridge is located two miles northwest of Wilkes Barre. With large anthracite deposits discovered throughout the area in 1831, Traxtown Ridge became a bustling railroad town almost overnight. Six major railroads serve area today: Erie Lackawanna, Penn Central, Central Railroad of New Jersey, Lehigh Valley, Delaware and Hudson and the Wilkes Barre and Eastern.

Once word of the large coal deposits spread across the countryside; mining companies and the regional railroads staked their claims. They purchased the land, laid the rails and fought to gain the upper hand. Many mines and mining operations were owned by the railroads.

Located in "Old-town", Champion Air Compressor is one of the town's non-mine employers. They manufacture and service air compressors as well as provide welding, maintenance, repair and service on pumps and other machinery in their electrical and maintenance shop.

Parker Oil Company distributes diesel fuel, home heating oil and lubricants, such as hydraulic oil and motor oil to the local industrial, mining and construction companies. They usually receive two tank cars per week loaded with fuel and heating oil and one to two boxcars loaded with 55-gallon drums and boxed lubrication products.

This module represents northeastern Pennsylvania. Its name and history are fictitious, but are based on regional history. Parker Oil Company is an actual company located in Stroudsburg and the railroads named above, did service the Scranton / Wilkes Barre area of Pennsylvania.

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Champion Air Compressor Co.

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Parker Oil Company

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