Modular Layouts will now be at the Hotel, and will open the same time as the Vendor Halls.
New Mexico Narrow Gauge Modular Club
New Mexico Narrow Gauge Modular Club (NMNGMC) was organized nearly 15 years ago by Phil Fossaluzza. Phil and Clarke O’Byrne worked with Dave Jamriska to set up the club’s first public display at the Annual Albuquerque Railroad Fair in May 2004. The club has grown to more than a dozen members and has evolved over the years. Visit our website at, http://nmngmc.org/.
2017 – 37th NNGC – Denver, 3rd Place – Module – Chile Caliente – Club Module
2017 – 37th NNGC – Denver, 1st Place - Modular Layout
2018 - 38th NNGC – Minneapolis, 3rd place Module – Nashton – Clarke O’Byrne
Caspar, South Fork and Eastern Nn3 Modular Layout
The Caspar, South Fork and Eastern Nn3 modular layout comprises 4 separate scenes depicting a prototype redwood logging operation which produced virgin redwood forest products on the northern California coast until the 1950s: 1.) the Caspar Mill, a 100,000 board feet per day mill situated on the coast below the town of Caspar; 2.) the Jughandle Trestle, tallest in the world when it was built; 3.) Camp 7, a typical movable logging camp; and 4.) a landing scene, where logs are yarded and loaded onto disconnects amidst a clearcut.
Each scene is presented as a diorama surrounded by black and each includes theatrical lighting, sound, and, in some, smoke. The mill features animated headsaws and a partially visible mill interior, depicting a time in 1904, when company president, Abbie Krebs, had her workers remove part of the roof to allow filming inside for presentation at the 1904 World's Fair in Saint Louis. The Camp 7 scene shows cabins on skids for the workers' bunkhouses, the cookhouse and a saw filer's shed with skylights, and one of the many water tanks along the line. The landing scene shows both skyline and skid road landing and a hayrack loader and includes 3 smoking steam donkeys.
The structures are modeled without compression (one advantage of N scale), though some in the town of Caspar in the background used forced perspective. Typical motive power includes geared locomotives and a mallet plus some diesel boxcabs and a railcar.
Yosemite Short Line
There was a real Yosemite Short Line for a brief few months in 1905-06, but it was abandoned before it was finished, after the promoters were wiped out by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Our layout is based on that prototype, so no one can say “the prototype never did that!” And like our prototype, our railroad is 30” gauge.
Our layout was built for and first exhibited at the 2004 NNGC, in Santa Clara, and we have shown it every year since. The layout is sectional, not modular, so all sections must be present for an exhibition—even if all our members are not. Building the layout in sections gave us more flexibility in the design of the layout, since scenery can flow from one section to the next. More important, we could build realistic grades that continue from one section to the next.
The layout itself is constructed of blue foam laid on a door skin and 1X2 framework; despite this seemingly light construction, it has withstood fifteen years of set-up, running and tear-down without major problems. Out biggest upgrade has been to our wiring, which has always been DCC but has gone through a complete overhaul in the last year.
Our group has changed more than our layout, as a few of our original members are no longer with us and others have changed gauges or interests. If we need anything for the future, we need new blood and new members, so if you are interested and live in the Bay Area, ask us! No dues, no organizational structure, no new modules to build—just trains to run!
North Coast Narrow Gaugers
The North Coast Narrow Gaugers (NCNG) is a small informal group of narrow minded individuals hell bent on HOn3 modeling. Our club came to be around 1995 as a spin off from a standard gauge modular club by a few members that wanted to do something a little off the beaten path. The first NCNG module (El Modelo) is still in use, as are many of the original modules. Over the years members and modules have come and gone. We currently have six members in our little group with various levels of club activity. Although our layout, as a whole, doesn't follow any specific prototype or era, we tend to build and operate what we like. Our modules represent a Colorado, New Mexico, and Northern California feel without being too specific. Upon its inception, our founders developed a module end profile which eliminates the flat "plywood prairie" look. Each module or module group maintains the ability to be connected with any other module (or group) to fit the location, or change the layout plan for operating purposes. We also work to scenically blend our modules together for a more cohesive appearance. The operation of our modules has changed significantly with the use of two reverse loops and a single track mainline. No more running in circles for us. We were early adapters to DCC and have enjoyed operating the layout as a functioning railroad ever since. We are looking forward to showing our layout in its sixth national narrow gauge convention and meeting up with other narrow minded conventioneers.
AsiaNRail is an N scale modular model railway group based in the San Francisco Bay Area. We have exhibited at Bay Area museums and NMRA regional and National conventions annually since our first exhibit in 2008. The layout features all types of trains running through iconic scenes of real locations in Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and the Philippines. Our unique modular system can be configured to provide both continuous and point-to-point, permitting a full range of operations possibilities.
While we do not have a website, you may view our short YouTube videos: Paul Ingraham’s Asian Railway Layout and Paul Ingraham’s Asian Railway 2 to sample some of the scenes from our layout.
Moose Creek Logging Company
The layout depicts an imagined 1930s logging operation, the Moose Creek Logging Company. The activities and scenes are reminiscent of the activity one would typically see in western Washington State, in the Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom county foot hills of the Cascades. We have focused on details and foliage that one would encounter in the woodlands including the many types of animals, from squirrels to Sasquatch!
The layout is On30 narrow gauge with a single main line, passing sidings and spurs. Individuals and teams created sections running from the logging camp and spar tree along Moose Creek to the saw mill and lumber yard. Along the line you can find a small logging town, a “forest fire”, line logging operation, quarry, and Moose Creek scenes, with the logging operation, complete with spar tree, next to the logging camp. We strive to operate the railroad as it would have been – including whistle signals, multiple train operations, and passing at sidings as we transport the logs from the log yard at one end to the saw mill at the other.