On30 Modules: NMRA Standards & Recommended Practices *** Warning *** Verbose submission! As some of you may know, the NMRA Convention is being held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in the summer of 2003. The Maple Leaf 2003. They are having a day for just Narrow Gauge! Check the web site at: http://www.ml2003.com/ I would really like to build a module to bring to the convention and I have been in contact with Clark Kooning who is coordinating display space for layouts at the convention. I had heard a while ago that Standards & Recommended Practices for building Modules, (In any scale/gauge) didn?t exist (With the exception of Ntrack). It was up to individuals interested in modules to find a local group/club and go with the standards that they set for them selves. (Or else, start their a group them self.) It wasn?t until I mentioned this on the Bachmann Message Board ?Ask the Bachmann? http://www.bachmanntrains.com/ that someone pointed me to the NMRA web page. I have been looking at the NMRA Standards & Recommended Practices for On30 Modules (On2 ½? sic.). See the NMRA web page on Standards & Recommended Practices: http://www.nmra.org/standards/consist.html#module I have also been looking for a local group who does On30 modules. So far I haven?t been having much luck. In my quest, I have found out that the NMRA?s St&RP?s for On30 Modules is out of date. It was hammered out several years ago and was based on the Ntrack modules. At the time, On30 had very few supporters and even fewer who made modules. It circulated around the NMRA and was put to several committees before being accepted. Since that time when the On30 Module St&RP?s were published, they have been languishing and are virtually unused. It seems that the On30 crowd is a cantankerous bunch that doesn?t like to follow rules. ;-) That?s one of the reasons why I am so attracted to modelling On30! But that?s no way to run a (Modular) railway?? I have volunteered/been conscripted into rewriting the St&RP?s for On30 Modules. I am posting this thread simultaneously on a couple of different forums in order to gather as much input (Support) as possible. I know that I will be leaving out a lot of people, because I can not manage to coordinate more than a few forums. Many people belong to more than one forum and they will hopefully pass information between them so that I don't have to join every forum on the internet. For the most part, I will be concentrating on http://www.the-gauge.com and The On30 Conspiracy since they appear to have the largest memberships. I will try to keep the process as democratic as possible by utilizing polls and building consensus. My hope is that new and collectively acceptable Standards can be hammered out, and that in the end, anyone who is interested in On30 Modules will be able to build them and have them be universally compatible. In order to maintain some level of organization, I think that the best way of going about this project is to do it item by item. I first ask that everyone interested in On30 Modules and/or would like to have input on the subject to please go to the NMRA web page for more information on modules. Take a look at: http://www.nmra.org/standards/consist.html#module for detailed information on the NMRA Module Standards and Recommended Practices. I have downloaded the documents and edited out any non On30 information. I will post the edited version shortly so that we don?t have to sift through non On30 material. For now, you can go to the NMRA web page listed above to see the originals.