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2007 Layouts


Plano – January, 2007

For the 2007 show in Plano, we “recycled” the 2005 layout, with the industrial loop being replaced by its new successor. One of the 1-foot modules served to balance the greater length of the new loop modules.



World’s Greatest Hobby – March, 2007

In March of 2007, the World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour show took over the place of the more regular Great Train Expo show – for this year only. On this occasion, we hosted again a big NTRAK layout, this time with about 140 modules much larger than we have organized previously, and more clubs joined us than ever before. We have remained true to our tradition of  staying away from a regular layout, like lining up a number of loops off of one long connecting “spine”. The red line running all around the layout extended for about 22 scale miles traversing a large variety of sceneries, as can be seen in our photo album. Everybody showed up on time, and the layout came together without significant problems. Among the highlights were the Yesterland and Sugar Land module sets, as well as a large busy engine and car yard. The modules marked “Other” in the diagram include the contributions from the New Mexico Rail Runners and the Fort Bend Model Railroad Club.



Wills Point – April, 2007

In April we enjoyed our unique two-scale show again, with our layout in the freight room of the former Texas and Pacific depot in Wills Point and the 12″ to the foot mainline passing outside.



San Antonio – July, 2007

This year, we visited San Antonio again for the 5th Annual San Antonio Family Train Show organized by the San Antonio Model Railroad Association. The SANTRAK club set up a NTRAK layout again, and we had 4 modules in it. Besides the hosts and us, the Northwest Crossing club from Houston, the New Braunfels Historical Railroad Modelers Society and AustNtrak joined the layout. (Layout and diagram, near-final version, prepared by Bill Carpenter of SANTRAK.)



LMRA – 2007

We were invited to the annual train show of the Lockheed Martin Recreation Association for the first time.  That organization offers a wide variety of activities for the company employees. The model railroaders are a very active group, holding this show every year for a long time now. Our allocated space was similar to what we have in Plano in January, so the layout is designed in that fashion also.



Ft. Worth – November, 2007

The 2007 Holiday Show in Ft. Worth saw yet another variation on our full layout. Only the new junction set was missing. Click here to view the 2007 Fort Worth event gallery.



Oklahoma City – December, 2007

We joined the large layout at the 2007 Oklahoma City Train Show again with a number of modules, scattered through the layout. New participants there were Russell Straw with his fantastic Sugar Land set and the Boot Hill club from Garden City in Kansas. (Diagram courtesy of Lee Williams.) The T-Trak afficionados were our neighbors againhave followed the NTRAK example and established their own multi-club layout, one way or another always next to the NTRAK one.