The N-Module Group Denmark

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N-modulgruppen is a Danish N scale society started as an experience group giving feedbacks, news and help to each other. After some time we took up making individual modules, where some people took after the Fremo style and others in a more free style.

We ended up running our layouts together in digital mode using dcc with Loconet.  We use Intellibox or Fleischman twincenter. Some prefer to use the UT4 hand control others prefer a Fremo style hand control. As long as a hand control works well without causing trouble for running the trains or gives electronic problems, it will be accepted.

We are now more than 60 members, who helps and gives feedback to each other. All can apply a membership, which then will have to be approved by our leading board of members.  It is not necessary to be owner of a module or any train.  The main thing is to be interested in railways and N gauge in particular. Some members are member in other model clubs/societies, which are fully accepted.

The club joined in 2007 N-Club International, as an I.N.G.A. net friend, and has had representatives at the International convention in Stuttgart every year since. We have a couple of times shown a layout in Stuttgart.

We have implemented, that we must be able to run our layouts together with Fremo Layouts, but beside of that, we are very individual in what each one is making.  So the only Fremo rules are the electronics, the position of the tracks in the middle, the connecting screw holes and same height in the end of each owner’s section of modules. For security reasons we have a set of rules for our electricity wires, which are said to cover general European electricity security rules.

We can make our modules in whatever width and length we might like, as long as they can connect to the others. We have no color rules. We aim for a north European layout style, but members are allowed to make any style, and we have at present, what can be considered continental Europe, British and US/Canadian layout style.  So far no Asian or African modules  has turned up.  It is also individual, what epoch the landscape are made to.

We have regular club meetings once a month. In uneven months, it is the first Monday and in even months, it is the second Tuesday.  The idea is to help people, who has other regular events, they take part in.  As we have no clubhouse or meeting room, the meetings are held in different places, where members can find a meeting place. The most used meeting place during the last year has been the Vallensbæk library.

During a year we are setting our layout up 8-10 times in week-ends in different places mostly invited as public exhibitions.  Often we work together with a similar club in Sweden - N- skala Skåne.

In example 2011 we have had gatherings at Hellerup,  Køge, Habo-Sweden, Valby (twice), Vallensbæk, Tømmerup, Helsingør  and Stuttgart. In the summer period we had a permanent training layout in Vallensbæk library. Besides that, some members, being member in the Fremo society, are joining Fremo gatherings.

At exhibitions we use the height of 1 meter, but when we run more privately, we use the height of 1.30 meter.

When it is possible to drive our trains in private, we run our trains in schedules similar to real railroads.  A few members are even setting up a goods train play, where each wagon has a identity tag card, which follows the train, so the wagons hits the right destination companies. This often gives train, which are a mixture of new and old rolling stock, run with whatever engine there might be. It requires a lot of planning, and as it can only work for a layout in one week-end, it is rare, when it happens in full scale.  Besides that, each member must make a lot of office work, making wagon identity tag cards, and as it is a hobby, not work, a lot are not interested in that.

Others run their trains in a more serious way building up rakes of trains, how they looked in real from certain years. So close as it is possible. That seems also to be the trend, when looking upon what manufactures are offering, and what is written in model magazines and books.

Train schedule planners has often tried to combine both ways of running trains making a light Goods play using only cargo cards, which can be filled up during the play.

Our layouts has so far not been the same for each gathering, so it is a big job every time to make a train schedule.  But we have a planning program, which helps setting the trains up, but still it takes long time, and the outcome has to be printed for each station, and a set for the loco-drivers.

We hope to meet a lot of new friends, when we are around, and welcome everyone to contact us, if there are any questions.