Mississippi Valley N Scalers LLC
Module Specifications

All modules must meet N-TRAK specifications as to construction and track placement.

Exceptions are as follows:

  1. Modules having non-standard track placement may be installed and operated as a unit only providing that the owner provides suitable transition from standard modules.
  2. Modules must include two "C" clamps, and three Atlas 5" connecting tracks. Note: Some clubs require module owners to furnish throttles. If so, then add:
    One throttle (N-TRAK, MRC no. 55, or equivalent) with wiring harness allowing it to be connected into any electrical block. This equipment should be clearly marked as to ownership as it remains the separate property of the owner.
  3. Additional throttles may be used to control diorama tracks; however, they do not satisfy the above requirement for provision of a throttle.
  4. Insulating gaps in the three main lines should be made by using insulated rail joiners on the Atlas connecting tracks, and not by cutting gaps in the main line rails within a module.
  5. The club will provide skirting for all modules at club sanctioned events.
  6. Club module standards are to be 24" wide by 48" long, with 6" optional extensions on the front or back or both.
  7. It is a club module standard that a power strip be attached under each module with a cord long enough to reach the power strip on the adjoining module. The power strip should be at the left end of the module and the plug at the right end. An extension cord may be used to connect power strips if the module cannot accomodate a power strip of its own.
  8. It is suggested that auxilliary lighting be attached the the skyboard to illuminate the module surface. Two 20 watt halogen lights spaced evenly is the present club standard.
  9. Use of the white line power bus for private track powering or accessories is discouraged.

Exhibit Operating Guidelines

The following rules shall apply for operation at shows and at club operating sessions:

  1. All members are to assist in preparation and transportation of modules and ancillary equipment to and from shows, including the setting up before and after shows.
  2. No person shall set up, take down, or operate his trains on the diorama trackage of another without permission of the module owner.
  3. Following the setting up, all carrying cases, boxes, and other personal property shall be stored in an out-of-the-way area.
  4. No person shall leave his train running, sidetracked, or their duty assignment unless he has arranged with another operator to watch it.
  5. All members are to take scheduled shifts tending the throttle block controls at shows.
  6. Visitors and guests may operate on the club layout subject to the above restrictions under the guideline of the club host.
  7. Modules may not be removed temporarily from the club layout, or removed early from a show layout, unless provision is made by their owner to make a substitution for them, either by installation of a "bridge", or of another module.
  8. There should be a minimum of two trains running on at least two of the three lines at all times. Exceptions to this rule occur only to clear a line involved in derailments, crossing traffic, or removing "bad order cars" from modules. If there are three lines then at least one should be a passenger train. If there are two lines then one passenger train should alternate with a freight train if possible.
  9. Bad order cars explanation and rules concerning same:
    1. Three or more derailments
    2. Three or more unplanned uncouplings
    3. Such cars must be immediately removed from operating lines and not returned to operation until the malfunction has been remedied.
  10. Faulty engine performance requires that the engine be immediately removed from operation, the situation corrected, and tested prior to returning to service.
  11. All engine testing or maintenance shall be done on a test track, not on the layout’s three main lines.
  12. All set-up and tear-down of trains is to be done in the yard area, not on the main lines if at all possible.
  13. All parts of the layout in public view is to be kept neat, clean, and free of foreign objects such as: paper cups, candy wrappers, ash trays, soda cans, bottles, and model stock storage containers. max. are suggested.
  14. DCC operations -- prior to removing a train from the layout, the operator should remove locomotive addresses from consists, and then dispatch all locomotive addresses.