Royersford Modular Model Railroaders
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During the winter season, we are one of several area clubs
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See photos from some of our past shows.
Club members meet weekly, on Tuesday evenings, to work on their modules and plan future shows. Shows and occasional work sessions are held on selected weekends. Most of these meetings are now held at members' homes, since we have left our location in Royersford. While we were glad to have the opportunity to use that space for several years, the space no longer fit our needs.
If you are interested in joining the club, or just want more information,
When Lansdaleís North Penn Model Railroad Club lost its lease in 1994, that club dismantled its model railroad display and dissolved, but several of the former members began a new club in Oaks the following year.
Unfortunately, after six years of building, and before even one public show could be held, they lost their home there, and had to repeat the demolition and moving process.
After that experience, members decided that wherever they moved the club in the future, they would build a "modular" railroad layout, to allow it to be easily moved when needed.
RMMR was formed early in 2002, and presented its first show in August of that year in Norristown. Most of the founding members had been members of the
Itís simple - like a train: add more cars and you have a longer train; take a few cars away and you have a shorter train. Our modules connect together like the cars of a train; just as any railroad car can be connected to any other because they use the same standardized track and connections, our modules can connect to any other modules built to the same standards, or to compatible specifications.
The Modular Concept
By making the layout in small sections, or modules, we can take it apart, transport it, and set it up with relative ease.
Because the layout is easily moved, we can bring the railroad to the people, rather than waiting for them to find us.
The layout can be different every time it is set up. Modules can be added, removed, and rearranged as needed to create completely different layouts. This may be done to fit a specific show location, to introduce new scenes, to remove sections in need of work, or just to keep things interesting and new.
If the club needs to move to a new headquarters, we could move in a weekend, and be ready to have shows the same week. Compare that to a permanent layout, which would take months to demolish, and years to rebuild.
Each member is free to build his or her own modules. They can take these with them if they move away, or take them home to work on them.
Our club standards are based on the N.M.R.A. modular standards, which are used by many other modular groups, so our modules can be used with modules belonging to other individuals or other clubs. Someone moving from one city to another doesnít need to start over from scratch.
The club itself only has a few modules; mostly "special" pieces like corners, which are indispensible at shows. Most of the locomotives, cars, and layout modules belong to individual members.
Model railroad clubs with large permanent layouts sometimes say that their layout contains "two scale miles of track" or covers "over 2,000 square feet." Statistics like these are not as easily given for modular layouts, because they can be different every time a layout is assembled. How large is our layout? The answer you get today may be very different from the one you get next week. We can leave out modules to fit into smaller spaces, or add modules when more space is available. The display can even change shape, being a square one time, a long narrow rectangle another time, and even "L" shaped or "U" shaped when that is required to fit a particular location.
Our show dates are posted on our web site, and announced elsewhere when possible. Check here to find out when and where we will be having our next show.
See Our Shows
We will continue bringing our modular layout to shows where it can be seen by the public. We enjoy sharing our hobby with you and welcome any of you who think you may be interested in model railroading to ask us questions. Even if we donít know the answer to a question, we may be able to find an anwer for you - and also learn something new.
We are always looking for new people to join us.
New Members Wanted
You donít need to be an expert model builder.
There are only two requirements:
For more information, talk to one of the club members
at one of our shows (held mostly in the Winter), or contact us via
Thank you for your interest in our club!