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All modules packed in my garageThe modules I built for the M-Track Groep Nederland consist of three groups:

  • A single module of 1.2 m * 0.6 m with a railway crossing Module 1
  • 5 modules with a total size of 2.7 m * 1.5 m with a Dutch main-line turnout Group of modules 2
  • 2 modules with a total size of 1.8 m * 0.6 m with a.o. a German gas-factory Group of modules 3
All modules will be seperately discussed in this part of the site. More about the technology in these modules can be found in the different information pages on modules via the fall-down menu. More detailed photographs can be seen in the photograph section.



1. Module 1: standard M-Track module

single M-Track module with trees, railway crossing, house of crossing-keeper and signals This first built module is of the standard M-Track Groep Nederland size of 1.2 m * 0.6 m and has two tracks on it with two stop sections, currently guarded with Dutch signals. Also a small railway crossing has been included on this module currently guarded by Dutch AKI's. Both the signals and the railway crossing are to be refitted with German guardings in the near future. This module really was a learning module to get known to the technical ins and outs of the M-Track norms and the possible electronics that could be used.

Nowadays, it just is a normal module with everything fitted properly. It is simple and very easy to use in the M-Track layout, and not only because of the two stop sections fitted. In the near future it will also be fitted with a background plate and a frieze with fluorescent lamp. This module is already more than 10 years old and still operating fine. More about the technology in these modules can be found in the different information pages on modules via the fall-down menu. More detailed photographs can be seen in the photograph section.

2. Group of modules 2: Main line turnout

main line turnout with two double track lines on one end and a single double track after canal bridges on the other end with canal, switches, signals, transformer building and building site for a new bridge These modules for M-Track Groep Nederland were built second in time. Work started in 1990 with the wood construction and layout thoughts. The modules represent a dutch main line turnout, as can/could be found near Meppel, Zwolle, Boxtel, Amersfoort, Deventer, etc well into the 80's. The turnout place is on that spot, because the railwayline needs to cross a canal. The cost reduction of building only two bridges over a canal was in the early days of railroading more important compared to the amount of trains that could be handled. Nowadays it's the other way around.

I have tried to bring that to the public by also making a building site for a new concrete bridge next to the old iron bridges for future deployment of a four wide track after the bridges. So, more train traffic can be scheduled. These modules are very much used in the M-Track layout. The bottle neck formerly described can be seen on the M-Track layouts very often. This due to the fact that we, modelrailroaders, do want to see as many trains as possible.....

The modules are secured by a control-unit. The control-unit is capable of handling the turnout section fully automatic, half automatic or hand controlled (but actions are secured by the electronics). Also, the signals are completely in line with the dutch signal system, including flashing lights and speed control. More about the technology in these modules can be found in the different information pages on modules via the fall-down menu. More detailed photographs can be seen in the photograph section.

3. Group of modules 3: Gas factory and switch yard

Gas factory, other factory and railway-arch with switch yard behind the background plate These modules are the latest ones. Contruction started in the 1993/1994 time frame. Within the M-Track Groep Nederland a lot of people bring their trains in the original factory packages and need to install trains in a very time consuming manner all the times. I made a solution for that by designing a roll-on roll-off container for complete trains that is capable of keeping the trains in good condition during transportation by car.

The trick is a wooden construction having side walls as high as the train and a removable wooden cover fitted with foam plastic to keep the train on its track during transportation. The link to the main line on M-Track modules is made on this group of modules 3, using a small switch track to the side of the module (under 45 degrees) and a standardized docking station for the wooden transportation containers.

All my six trains have currently their own wooden box and it works very well. It even works that well, that M-Track standardized the electrical and physical interfaces of my containers towards the M-Track modules (MTN190 and MTN195) and more associates of M-Track are using them now.

On these modules I have built a coal-gas factory as was in place in many small/medium and big cities until the 1960's in Germany, including a coke-furnace, filter banks, transportation pipes, coal input and gas-holders mainly from POLA models. Due to the fact that the track is in the middle of the modules I had to play a little bit with the location of the building blocks. The switch track is covered using a factory building, built against the background plate with DPM material.

The control-unit is capable of handling the turnout section half automatic (actions are secured by the electronics). The signals are completely in line with the old German signal system. More about the technology in these modules can be found in the different information pages on modules via the fall-down menu. More detailed photographs can be seen in the photograph section.

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