The building of a module is not difficult. Building a module has the distinct advantage of "forcing" the builder to do all the phases of layout building, without having to do so much of one phase that they get "fed up" with it, as can happen when building a large home layout. So often the scenery doesn't get built or the track work is never made to work right, or some other building phase is neglected. Getting a module ready for a scheduled meet will do wonders for a builders speed and concentration! Another advantage is that the module can be turned on its side or upside down, making working on it much easier, providing better lighting, and making it possible to avoid hot solder drips. The module can be brought to another part of the house where the rest of the family is, or taken outside when a smelly job needs doing. The small footprint also allows for experimentation with scenery techniques.
Over the years the organization has created a nuber of documents covering most of the N Scale standards for modular railroading. While the organization promotes all of the standards, involvement by NRail in each standard varies, based on a number of factors. More information including an introduction to each standard is available on our N Scale Modular Standards page.
The organization has been publishing documents for N scalers for well over 40 years. This includes the original NTRAK standards, the T-TRAK standards and more. With the rise of electronic publishing, many documents are now being offered through Amazon in Kindle format. A complete list of the documents is available at NRail.org Publications.
NTRAK is a modular standard which was developed in 1973, bringing model railroading out of the basement and into the public eye through train shows, shopping malls, buiding lobbies, holiday events and other venues. Over the years, NTRAK has attracted a much wider audience and introduced model railroading to many people of all ages. NTRAK was a major factor in the renaissance of model railroading in the 1980s and resulted in N scale becoming the second-most popular model railroading scale. At the same time, modelers in other scales adopted the concept and brought attention to their modeling efforts at public and events and hobby functions. The NTRAK Newsletter has been published for over 40 years and continues to be a communications vehicle for the N-scale community. The newsletter is published every other month to promote module clubs’ shows and standards. Membership in NTRAK is open to everyone, regardless of module interest, and includes a subscription to the NTRAK Newsletter, plus access to a library of publications, many of them available digitally, on N-scale model railroading. Becoming a member of NTRAK also supports the ongoing efforts of the organization to maintain NTRAK and T-TRAK websites, support national layouts and support all Nscale clubs. More information can be found at http://ntrak.org .
n 1974, Jim FitzGerald started publishing a newsletter with the intent of establishing communications with the N scale community about new ideas and about N scale. That newsletter became the NTRAK Newsletter and in 1994, NTRAK became a formal organization with incorporation. In 2000, T-TRAK was born and introduced through The NTRAK Newsletter which continued to be a communications channel for the N scale community.
Today, N scale is the second most popular scale in the North America and the Newsletter continues to be a communications channel for N scale. The purpose of NRail is to promote N scale in all forms, all standards in many different environments at many different displays.
Membership in NRail supports N Scale and provide the communications channel on which N Scalers have come to rely.