Group 160 uses a standardized formula for the construction of their modules. This formula is called N-trak. There are two types of N-trak “blue prints” for building modules, called N-trak 2000 and standard N-trak. Group 160 uses mostly N-trak 2000 modules, however we have transition modules if a member wants to bring their standard module to an event. Below is some information about N-trak. For more information visit their website at www.ntrak.org.
In 1973 a group of enthusiastic model railroaders got together at an N-Scale meet in Signal Hill, California, and talked about what they could do to help interest people in N-Scale. The N-Trak project resulted from this meeting and the idea has spread throughout the model railroad hobby. N-Trak is an informal organization run by volunteers. There are now N-Trak clubs in most areas of the United States and Canada, as well as in Australia, England, Holland, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, Japan, and many other countries.
Modelers from all over the world can build modules, bring them to a show, connect their module with modules brought by other modelers and by doing so a giant N scale layout is soon constructed. The modular layouts have the flexibility to be fitted into many different size and shape areas. N-Trak layouts combine beautifully detailed modules, with long trains running on the two main lines. A third track, the branch line, is used for picking up and setting out cars at the many industries along the way. N-Trak offers close up viewing of the model trains and maximum train action. Long trains passing each other on the modules always get attention, an event which happens continually on N-trak layouts. While primarily designed for large public display layouts, N-Trak modules can also be used for the construction of home layouts as well.
To find out how to build your own module, visit N-Trak’s website page at www.ntrak.org/ntkstd.html.