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Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
1 Tower Module 2011 In Service To be measured
Notes This first module is built on a Woodland Scenics foam base with scenery material from many manufacturers. Often used as a test bed for new scenery items. It now has leveller feet.
Pictures A long time ago this FIRST module started as : Tower Module
and now in 2013 it has progressed to this: Tower Module
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
2 Power Corner 2011 Out of service after Trains 2011. To Bjoern. To Tibi. To be measured
Notes This Standard corner has R1 and R2 curves. These proved to be too sharp for North American equipment, thus they were taken out of service after Trains 2011. It was sold to Bjoern for use in his reverse loop project. Now owned by Tibi.
Pictures Power
Corner.
This is as far as this corner had progressed. Home made raffia trees on the outside and Woodland Scenics Canopy Trees on the inside. The power connections are buried under the raffia trees. It has a blue foam base, styrene fascia and scenery by various Woodland Scenics products.
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
3 Front Right Corner 2011 Out of service after Trains 2011. To Bjoern. To Tibi. To be measured
Notes This Standard corner has R1 and R2 curves. Taken out of service sfter Trains 2011. It was sold to Bjoern for use in his reverse loop project. Now owned by Tibi.
Pictures Canopy corner.
The matching corner to the power corner. Here are the two right hand corners with the Woodland Scenics Canopy Trees on the inside. It has a blue foam base, styrene fascia and scenery by various Woodland Scenics products.
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
4 Front Left Corner 2011 Out of service after Trains 2011. To Bjoern. To Tibi. To be measured
Notes Built on a blue foam base, this Standard corner has R1 and R2 curves. Taken out of service after Trains 2011. It was sold to Bjoern for use in his reverse loop project. Now owned by Tibi.
Pictures center
This image shows both of the left end corners in their final configuration. The third line of track was Tillig R3 section track in their ballast base. It was loose on the surface.
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
5 Rear Left Corner 2011 Out of service after Trains 2011. To Bjoern. To Tibi. To be measured
Notes The matching corner to the Front Left Corner. Built on a blue foam base, this Standard corner has R1 and R2 curves. The Woodland Scenics Hedgerow was added as a scenic break. Taken out of service after Trains 2011. It was sold to Bjoern for use in his reverse loop project. Now owned by Tibi.
Pictures Left End
This image shows both of the left end corners in their final configuration. The third line of track was Tillig R3 section track in their ballast base. It was loose on the surface. The train shown is from my first Tillg train Set.
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
6 Farm Module 2011 In Service To be measured
Notes This two track to three track module with a right hand crossover is built on a plywood base. It started out plain, then the fields, fence and hedges were added, and finally the small Auhagen barn. Years of use have taken their toll on the fence. It needs rebuilding or replacing.
Pictures two to
three track module
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
7 Wye Access Module 2011 In Service To be measured
Notes This two track to three track module with a left hand crossover started out as a mirror image of module 7. In 2013 the front line was extended to be part of the wye. Then the rear line was added as an industrial access line to the Station corner. It is built on a plywood base. In 2017 track jumpers were added to route power past turnouts that were no longer passing power through.
Pictures Three
tracks to two tracks
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
8 Plain Straight Module 2011 In Service To be measured
Notes This plain straight module was built to balance the Tower Module. At various times it has provided space for Temporary structures. Built on a Woodland Scenics Foam base.
Pictures Straight
Module
Notes At one point it was stripped of its track and sat unused. In 2017 it was rebuilt as a new junction to access the back industrial track. First showing at Chilliwack 2017. It needs scenery work.
Pictures Straight Junction Module
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
9 Diamond Corner 2011 In Service To be measured
Notes Nominal R4/R5 curves. Made from WS 1" foam sheets layered to make a two foot square then the front and rear corners were cut off. It languished as a rather barren green module until it was brought up to this level of completion in 2013. Forms a module pair with the first module.
As of 2017 it is suffering a bit from wear and tear but is still in use.
Pictures Diamond
Shaped Large Corner.
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
10 Inside Corner 2011 Repurposed - See module 16 Non Standard.
Notes R1/R2 curves. Made from blue foam. It was used in the the L-Shaped layout shown at Trains 2011. It was set aside and ignored for a few years..
Pictures Inside corner.
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
11 Power Corner - Large Corner 2012 Stored Serviceable To be Measured
Notes Nominal R4/R5 curves made from flex track. Built on a two foot square plywood canvas which I found out much later was neither square nor two feet! Still in a state of flux as to how this will be finished. My current thoughts are to move most of the existing trees to outside the curve and build a logging camp using the Bunk House kits for Model Logging Supply. As with the standard corner the power connectors are under the trees to the right.
Pictures Power Corner.
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Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
12 Station Corner - Large Corner 2012 In Service To be Measured
Notes Nominal R4/R5 curves made from flex track. Built on a nominally two foot square plywood painters canvas. The back line an industrial spur line to service industries along the back side of several modules. It reconnects to the mail line several modules over on my bridge module. The Brick structure, BTS Loading dock and the track serving them were added in 2015. The Auhagen Klasdorf station is close enough to a US style station to use. Much detail work needs to be done on the station scene and the road.
Pictures Station
Corner
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
13 Wye Corner - Large Corner 2012 Stored Serviceable To be Measured
Notes Nominal R4/R5 curves made from flex track. Built on a nominally two foot square plywood painters canvas. This started as two tracks on a bare green module . In 2013 the front track and right track were added to form two sides of the wye. The back track leads off to the station corner. The elevated track was supposed to provide a scenic break but it looks like it will interfere with the road. Much remains to be done on this module.
Made redundant 2017 with new broad corners. Some straight track has been removed to use elsewhere.
Pictures Wye Corner
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
14 Fudge Module - Non Standard Straight Module 2012 In Service To be Measured
Notes As noted above the two foot square plywood painters canvases are neither two feet or square. This module makes up for some of the alignment issues caused by those corners. No idea about final scenery. On larger displays this is not a big issue.
Pictures Fudge Module
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
15 Wye - Staging Junction Module 2013 In Service To be Measured
Notes This started as a straight two track module. Then the front line leading to the wye was added. Then the rear line leading through two modules to the City Corner. The straight piece of track crossing the module joint is remove able.
For the 2015 show the back line was modified to fit a turnout leading to the left As you can tell, what is going to happen with the scenery has not been decided.
Built on a foam base.
Pictures Shown here in its Portland configuration, the small two track yard is loose bedding track.Wye Junction Module
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
16 Right Hand Wye Module 2013 Stored serviceable To be Measured
Notes The former inside corner(module 10) was rebuilt to this. It uses R2 which is a bit sharp for some equipment but as it is only ever crossed at slow speeds it is OK. The curved piece of track that crosses the module joint is removeable.
Power control is by the switch on the module. If you want to enter/exit from the front track, throw the switch that way. Similarly if you want to enter/exit from the rear track, throw the switch that way. If the switch is in the center the power is off.
This low tech power control method was chosen because it works with both DC and DCC. A DCC auto reverse module would have precluded DC operation.
As the staging yard is connected to the right, this switch also controls the power to the staging track. Built on a foam base.
This module may host a turntable accessed from the staging yard.
Pictures Right Hand
Wye Module.
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
17 Right Hand Staging Yard Ladder 2012 In Service To be Measured
Notes Built by Terry Chatelaine in 2012 the staging yard passed into my hands in 2013. A front fascia was added. Grass and ballast between the track were added. As it appears that this module will be used in displays with the public on both sides, fascia will be added on the back side.
Pictures Staging Throat
Left end
Staging Ladder
Sept 13, 2015. The left end ladder has been modified by adding a Left hand Turnout to the top line. The track leading to the right will eventually lead to a Peco HOm Turn Table located on the adjacent module.
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
18 Staging Yard Mid Section 2012 In Service To be Measured
Notes Built by Terry Chatelaine in 2012 the staging yard passed into my hands in 2013. A front fascia was added. Grass, and ballast between the tracks were added. As it appears that this module will be used in displays with the public on both sides, fascia will be added on the back side.
Pictures The middle staging module.  Middle Staging Module
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
19 Staging Yard End Section 2012 In Service To be Measured
Notes Built by Terry Chatelaine in 2012 the staging yard passed into my hands in 2013. A front fascia was added. Grass, and ballast between the tracks were added. As it appears that this module will be used in displays with the public on both sides, fascia will be added on the back side.
With talk of a right end ladder being made, this module needs a few changes. The bumpers on three tracks need to be removed and the track extended to the edge of the module. For displays where the second staging ladder will not be used, a small (2" wide) non standard module will be made with four track bumpers on it. This can be plugged on the end to terminate the tracks properly.
Pictures End Staging Module.. End Staging Module
The modified end staging module. Modified End
Staging Module
Notes Happily with the track glued to the foam it was an easy matter to slip a putty knife under the track and pop it off. The bumpers were replaced with BG2 straight track sections. After the glue dries the ballast and grass will be touched up.
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
19a Staging Yard End Cap 2015 In Service To be Measured
Notes The bumpers formerly on the right end of the right-hand staging module have been removed and mounted on this small end cap. It will be used to terminate the staging yard when the right hand staging yard ladder is not used.
Pictures Staging Module End Cap. Staging Module End Cap
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
20 Fast Tracks Crossover Module 2014 In Restricted Service - non European Equipment Only To be Measured
Notes This module was built to host a code 55 #6 crossover built using a Fast Tracks HOm turnout jig. At the time I did not expect Fast Tracks to make any TT-Scale modules so I purchased an HOm jig as it is the same gauge (12mm) as TT-scale. With a bit of fiddling with the tie spacing a reasonable result was obtained. With the exception of the end Bedding Track connection pieces, the straight track was hand laid on PC and wood ties. The turnouts work well with North American equipment but not with European equipment with deep flanges.

Now of course Fast Tracks makes TT-Scale jigs in code 55 and code 70, for #6 and #8 turnouts.
Shown sitting on the module are the two TT-Scale turnouts I built at the Modeling With The Masters Fast Tracks clinic at the Portland NMRA convention this year. I have discussed with Fast Tracks on how to modify these so they will handle European equipment.
Pictures Fast Tracks Module
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
21 Back Track Access Non Standard Straight Module 2015 In Service To be Measured
Notes This short module (about 11 ") module was built to provide access to the back industrial on the Station corner. The three lines of straight track at the front are flex track with the rails extended to the end of the Bedding Track connection pieces. The oil spur in the back is conjecture right now but will most likely happen.
Pictures Back Spur Access
Module
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
22 Mini RH Crossover Non Standard Straight Module 2015 In Service To be Measured
Notes This short module (about 11 ") module was built to balance the non-standard Back Track Access module on the front of the display. There was just enough space for the RH crossover that was needed to provide better access to the wye track. Another layer of scenery material has been added since this picture was taken.
Pictures Mini Crossover
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
23 LH Crossover Straight Module 2015 In Service To be Measured
Notes This LH Cross Over Module was built to balance the RH crossover on the Mini Crossover Module. It usually sits on the right end of the display. Terrain to be determined.
Pictures LH
Crossover Module
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
24 Half Depth Straight Module #1 2015 In Service Non Standard
Notes In the planning process for the Portland NMRA Train Show it was determined that a pair of filler modules would be needed to set up the display Wednesday. These turned out to be necessary for the display on all days. They are Standard width but only half depth with the two track lines centered on the module ends. Flex track was used between the Bedding Track end pieces with the flex track rail continued through the Bedding Track base pieces to the module ends. Built out of foam.
Pictures This image shows both modules. Half Depth Modules
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
25 Half Depth Straight Module #2 2015 In Service Non Standard
Notes The second half depth module. Built the same way as the first module.
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
26 Bridge Junction Module 2015 In Service To be measured.
Notes This module was started in 2013. It was stalled for a long time. Finally the basic module was finished before Portland. The bridge trestles were constructed in my motel room in Portland and installed on the module Thursday. The back track continues behind the farm Module to join the switching lead from the Station Module. Built out of foam. Scratch built mainline bridge (styrene and balsa) with a widened Atlas N-Scale bridge on the rear line.
PicturesMy Bridge Module
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
27 Straight Module 2015 To Bjoern To be measured.
Notes This filler module was made just in case it was needed. The basic ground cover was not finished. It spent the show behind the Farm Module holding the back track from the Bridge Junction Module. As it was built with track provided by Bjoern the module has been given to him for use at home.
PicturesFiller Module
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
28a and 28b Straight Split Module 2015 In service Non Standard
Notes This standard straight module is cut diagonally to make a triangular shaped filer piece behind the Bridge Junction Module and the Farm Module. It has track from the Bridge Junction Module to the Back Track Access module on it. It is built out of foam.
Pictures Modules 28a
and 28b
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
29 Straight Module 2016 In service To Be Measured
Notes This standard straight four track module is used with module 7 to expand the width of the display. It is built out of foam.
Pictures Module 29
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
30 Straight Module 2016 In service 2016 To Be Measured
Notes Indianapolis needed another module or two to complete the basic display. This standard straight is built out of foam.
Pictures Module 30
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
31 Straight Module 2016 In Service To Be Measured
Notes Indianapolis needed another module to complete the basic display. This standard straight module is built out of foam. It features and abandoned rail lione crossing the two mainlines.
Pictures Module 31
Notes In 2017 as new larger corners were being brought into service it was determined that we needed partial modules to make the display fit on the tables we are supplied with.
As this module was built from basic BG1 staight track pieces this was chosen to section into two modules.
The longer Two-BG1 long module is now module 31A and the shorter One-BG1 modules is 31B.
Thay can be plugged together to make a standard length module or used separtely.
Pictures Modules 31A and 31B Modules 31A and 31B The white cut edges have since been painted green. Another module will be sectioned if necessary.
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
32 Straight Filler Module 2016 To be Built To Be Measured
Notes To use modules 21 and 22 on the same side of the display an adaptor module is need to make up the extra space on the other side of the loop. A module one BG2 long was needed. This straight adaptor module is built out of foam. It has since proved useful in other locations
Pictures Module 32
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
33 Straight Swayback Module September 2017 In Service 86mm and +++
Notes To allow the use of the turnback modules on a table it was necessary to move the track back about a half module. This module does that. I will probably build the mirror image of this module. It has also proved useful with Voyteks' modules. 1/2 of a BG2 on the end of each track with rail and tie strips in the center.
Pictures Module 32
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
34 End Loop 1 September 2017 In Service Non Standard
Notes For years we have wanted a way to easily get inside of the display. With a loop on low tables this is a pain in the back. After contemplating reverse loops for years I finally had them built this summer. The frames fold up into a compact carrying piece. The track is code 83 rail in Tilig tie strips on cork.
A Tam Valley Dual Frog Juicer handles the auto-reverse function. except for moving rails closing up the auto reverse gaps these work well.
Tibi has suggested a better way to wire them. I hope to get this done before VTE 2017 in November.
The BR3 curves are a bit tight for some equipment. They could be rebuilt easily to BR4. That would be a 2018 project.
The reversing modules do violate a few features of TT-Tracks; they are of a non-standard size and they are not light. The weight is manageable. The verticle protrusion have since been removed.
Pictures Module 34
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
35 End Loop 2 September 2017 In Service Non Standard
Notes The second of two end loops.
These alow us to have easy access to the centre of the display. It also allows us to locate the staging yard and the end loop inside of the display.
As the loops fold up scenery has to be very low profive or removeable. Several ideas are being contemplated.
Pictures Module 35
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
36 30" Corner 1 October 2017 In Service 86mm
Notes The first 45 degree 30" curve.
For a while we have known that our corner curves (BR4 and BR5) are too sharp for good operation and appearance. After a period of doodling on the computer I came up with several designs for 30", 36" and one metre corners. The size is the square box that a pair of these set up as a 90 degree corner would fit in.
As a pair of 30" inch corners would fit inside the corner transporation boxes I was already using, I built a pair.
The base is foam. The track is code 83 rail handlaid on Clover Valley PC and wood ties with half BG2 pieces at the ends. Cork roadbed with spacers is under the ties. The curves are nominal BR6 and BR7.
This module is the new power corner.
Initial impressions are that the trains look much better on these corners and that this is a project to pursue further.
This module has leveler feet. The track to the rear is temporary.
Pictures Module 35
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
37 30" Corner 2 October 2017 In Service 86mm
Notes The second 45 degree 30" curve.
These corners can be used together or separated by another module as was done at Chilliwack 2017.
Their non standard size is making planning for smaller displays difficult. BCSME with its small room will be interesting. At least one set of 31A and 31B modules is necessary. A second may be useful.
Pictures Module 35
FUTURE PLANNING
Module
Number
Module Description Year in
Service
Status Offset
"38" Straight Swayback Module Future In Planning 86mm and +++
Notes This will be the mirror image of module 33 and will probably be built the same way.
Pictures Module 38
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Module Description Year in
Service
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"39" and "40" Box Max Corners Future Dreaming 86mm
Notes After the success of the 30" corners I started doodling the largest size corner that would fit in the corner transporations box, thus Box Max corners.
These corners would be have nominal R10 / R11 curves (27" / 29"). Because the curves come close to the edge of the module a one inch addition is necessary to the outer edge. Scenicing this as a stone embankment might be a good choice. A plastic guard would also be a very good idea.
Their large size would make planning for smaller displays difficult. They would probably be restricted to Western Rails, Chilliwack and VTE.
Making a City corner replacement with this size of corners would be difficult. You would need to add two inches to the outer edge to accomodate the third track and the station would have to be on an addition to the outside of the corner. You would also have to rearrange the inside industrial trackage. Not an impossible project. Interesting to contemplate for now.
Pictures Box Max Corners

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