Calling all Gauge members!

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by spitfire, Oct 7, 2003.

  1. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

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    The First Annual Gauge B.B.Q. Event!

    Here's the plan, loosely formulated last night in the chatroom:
    A Gauge N-track module get-together BBQ. What a great way to get all the talented modelers here together to make one incredible display!

    Time:
    Not set yet, but aiming for summer 2004

    Location:
    Tentatively at Val's (aka Spitfire) in Toronto Canada

    While not everyone will be free to travel, there are all kinds of ways to get involved. Participation may be any of the following:
    1) Module builders - make a complete module and come join the party!
    2) Module contributors - make a structure or some rolling stock, mail or send with a visiting participant.
    3) Ideas, trackplans, etc. etc. (track plans for consideration - decisions up to actual module builder)

    N Trak Standards:
    http://www.nmra.org/standards/consist.html#module


    The idea is definitely in its early stages, open to suggestions! Who is interested, what would you like to add? Let's hear from you!

    cheers
    Val

    Thanks to Arlaghan for taking the minutes of our impromptu meeting last night!

    Gauge Modules Site
  2. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

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    Cool!

    That sounds like a great idea Val!
    (maybe we should change the name from "chat room" to "think tank"! :D )
    I can pretty much guarantee I won't be able to come :( but I would love to contribute somehow...I'll get back to you on that! :)
  3. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

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    That is a great idea Val but like Charlie, there is no way I can make it.
  4. brakie

    brakie Active Member

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    Gee,I leave the chat room to go to work and look what happens!

    What a great idea! Yes,One could request a vacation for the week of the BBQ and head up that way..:D It shouldn't be cost prohibited to go to Toronto.

    Now the questions?
    Why N scale? :confused:
    Should we use One track modulars or the standard N Trak plans? :confused:

    At any rate count me in.:D
  5. Zug

    Zug Member

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    Could be interesting, only 2 hours drive from London:)
  6. Arlaghan

    Arlaghan Member

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    As Val stated, we discussed this last night in the chats! While we realize it might be difficult, if not down-right impossible for some (or most) to show, the idea is to get the whole forum involved in some way! Those who can make it, can report back to the rest!

    I'm definitely up for this event! I would certainly enjoy seeing new locales and I've already got a "thumbs up" from the wife!

    So, Val... what are the sites to see? ;)
  7. Catt

    Catt Guest

    How about TTRAK instead the modules are alot smaller and easier to transport.

    By the way it sounds like a blast to me ,haven't been to Canada in what seems like at least a century.
  8. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    Also - those of us that can't travel there - whoever donates something:

    take a pic of yourself with whatever you donated & include it with what we send Val
  9. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

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    What's TTRAK? Is it still N-scale? We could certainly chose a different system, such as one or two-track main.

    cheers
    Val
  10. rockislandmike

    rockislandmike Active Member

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    While it definitely sounds kewl, and that's mighty fine hospitality of you Val, mightn't we get together at the NMRA convention in Seattle instead (or in addition to, I suppose).

    I'm actually planning on going next year, what with it being SIGNIFICANTLY closer to Edmonton (heck, probably as close as it will EVER get).
  11. Catt

    Catt Guest

    Val this is TTRAK as you can see it is still N scale.:D
  12. GNRail

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    I like the idea of TTrak. I have been looking for an excuse to build one. I guess I could brave the sunny south in the summer.

    Garry
  13. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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  14. Dave Flinn

    Dave Flinn Member

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    Gauge BBQ

    Hey, can I come, too, just for the socializing? I had the good fortune to visit Val last summer during the NMRA Convention and she's a great hostess.

    I would also second the idea of a get-together at the Seattle convention, too.
  15. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

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    Wow, what a great idea!

    Too bad I won't be able to make it this time... But it sounds like a blast! Love to see all the piccys :D :D :D
  16. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    Sounds like fun. I probably won't be able to make it (Unless we hit the lotto) but would love to participate as a non attending member.
  17. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

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    Re: Gauge BBQ

    You bet Dave! After seeing all the great shots you took of the last get-together, I nominate you for our official photographer.

    To summarize the choices so far:
    NTRAK: 2' x 4' module, 3 track main
    TTRAK: 12-1/8 inches by 8-1/4 "
    oNeTRAK: 1' x 4', 1 track main

    I read on the oNeTRAK website that these modules are actually compatible with NTRAK using a connector module. So it seems that with a little advance planning, we could accomodate both formats.

    I like the single track mainline idea myself, but would like 2 ft to play with for the width. Is that totally nuts?

    cheers
    Val
  18. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

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    Val this is a great idea but what are you going to do when 1,200 members plus a few hundred family members all show up at your house next year? :eek: :eek: :eek:
  19. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Re: Re: Gauge BBQ

    Val...

    You might want to look at the "Free-Mo" stuff here: http://www.free-mo.org/

    It is HO scale, but with a single main, and lots of flexibility for design. It seems you can build them to any dimension you want, as long as the track runs down the middle, and is perpendicular to the end for at least 6 inches.

    This sounds like a lot of fun...!


    Andrew
  20. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

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    Val,
    I've been kicking around an idea to build a couple of N scale modules,(along with ten tousand other projects). It would be a bit of a drive, but I've driven further (two thousand miles with a broken ankle, so I really don't have any excuse). Settle on what a "module" has to be, so I can build to spec, or make compatible.
    I should be able to have something done by next summer. I assume we'll be able to run trains, so, is someone already tasked with corner modules?
    Hope to be able to make it there,
    Pete