One of the most exciting trends happening in model railroading is modular construction. In this method, a modeler builds one or more small portable modular sections that meet specific standard specifications in size, height, and so on, then joins them with other modules owned by other people to form a complete operational railroad. A group may agree on a common theme or each individual may do his own thing.
Modules are the perfect solution to the often-heard complaint that "I don't have the space, time, or money to build a model railroad." In addition, the modular program by its very nature encourages a lot of interaction with other modulers and the public.
The 4D HO Group has 17 participating members. Its equipment consists of a yard with a wye entrance, an engine facility with an operating roundhouse, curved modules, corner modules, and a power source. The members build and maintain their own modules to connect with the club equipment to complete the Seattle, Pacific and Eastern Railway. We run DCC. There is no single theme for modules; members may model any theme that interests them.
A current calendar of the Group’s activities is posted on our web site: 4dHO.com. These include monthly breakfast meetings with a program and shows at which the layout is set up and members operate their own rolling stock. Meetings are open and there is a program for limited guest operations on the layout.
Although members are expected to eventually build and operate one or more modules, module ownership is not a requirement to join the Group. Participation affords experiences in building and operating in HO, associating with modelers, learning more about modeling and enjoying fellowship. Contact Pete Gulick, 425-228-4493, for more information
This group consists of about 18 members who collect anything from ancient Marx or Ives tinplate to the modern die-cast Lionel and MTH trains with smoke and sound. If it's O gauge, 3 rail we run it, no question! We draw upon a supply of 23 modules, 4 corner modules and 4 yard modules and the number is growing! Our current capacity is to run 4 trains and 3 trolleys concurrently and we are increasing this by two additional trains. Large layouts allow us to run long trains.
We meet periodically as required for breakfast and to conduct business meetings to plan for the future. As needed, we also do one- or two-day module building sessions for those who want to get started or expand their modules.
We attend 8-9 shows a year in the Puget Sound region, from Lynden in the North, to Portland in the South. Participation in shows and meetings is voluntary and module ownership, although encouraged, is not required. If there is one thing about this group, we like to have FUN.
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The 4th Division N-Trak Modular Group has been up and running trains for eleven years. We have about a dozen members and over fifty modules. The 4th Division supplied our original four corner modules; we added the spectacular yard shown to the left for PSX2004. With six 20' through loops and ten 6' stubs, we now have enough room to handle many prototype-length trains or over 750 40' cars!
We welcome all skill levels from beginner to expert. For those of you looking for a way to try out the hobby or to get a little practice before you start on your own layout, talk to us. Modular railroading is a great way to get started. You may not have room for a layout, but everyone has enough room for a module. They're the size of a card table and easy to set up and tear them.
If you have been looking for an excuse to get started, now is the time. Don't worry, we'll help you learn all about it. Bring yourself or a trailerload of modules.
For more information, contact Jeannie Melvin or .
The 4th Division OmNi-Rail Modular Group has been up and running trains for two years. We have about nine members and over twenty modules. The 4th Division supplied our original four corner modules.
For more information, contact Jim Merriam.