Tex-N Modular Railroad Club was formed in 1988 to bring N Scale model railroaders together to design, build, and operate a modular type layout. Members meet to:
- build and maintain modules
- attend train shows
- run trains
- learn from each other
- promote the hobby
- have fun
About N Scale …
N Scale is the second most popular scale in model railroading. Scale refers to a model’s size as a proportion to a railroad in the real world. There are 6 different scales of locomotive models in the photo at right. N Scale is one of the smallest scales in model railroading. Its proportion is 1:160, or 160 times smaller than a real locomotive. An N Scale locomotive is approximately 1/4 the size of a dollar bill!
N Scale is the second most popular scale in model railroading. The most popular is HO Scale at 1:87, but it’s two times larger than N.
N Scale is ideal for modelers with limited space. A lot of railroad can be built into a space as small as 2′ x 4′, which is the size of a standard module. N Scale’s size allows for correctly proportioned scenery, and the quality of the engines and railroad cars meets or exceeds those of larger scales.
About Modules …
Our club builds small portable modules (example at left) which join together to form a large model railroad layout. A layout is a collection of modules which creates a larger space for a realistic railroad to be assembled with towns, industries to service, and massive scenery. Club layouts are designed for public displays at train shows, conventions, or special events.
The module system we use conforms to a standard called NTRAK. Modules built to this standard can be easily interconnected , even if they have never been connected before. This standard also allows us to connect our layout to any other layout that conforms to NTRAK. The largest NTRAK layout ever connected had 700 modules!
In the photo below are 17 Tex-N modules interconnected into one layout! Visit our Layouts & Modules page to visualize what our club can assemble.
About Meetings & Events…
Our club has quarterly business meetings the second Saturday of the first month in each quarter. In between, we hold occasional work sessions according to need and interest. The next meeting date and location can be found on our Upcoming Events page.
In addition to meetings, we come together on 5-6 weekends during the year to set up our layout at a model railroad show, run trains, and meet fellow model railroaders. Some shows may feature joint layouts with other clubs. This will be noted on our events calendar.
For more information about club membership, please visit our Membership page.