NTRAK Dream In Planning Stages
Building an NTRAK module limits the expense and effort required to participate in the model railroading hobby. You can start off with a simple 4-foot module, a locomotive and some rolling stock at a minimal cost. As your interest and skills grow, you can add a module (or modules) or perhaps custom-detail a locomotive or even a whole train! The best part is that you can start enjoying the hobby right away!
This is an area of modeling I plan to return to but right now, in an apartment, the room for even a 2X4 is difficult to come up with since I have a 2’X6’ desk where I work on my ship models and a 4’X8’ billiards table where I work on my game and develop material for my
Once I get the HMS Beagle finished, I intend to replace its work table with a 2X4 surface where I can begin putting together an NTRAK module together in just about the same amount of area without sacrificing my pool table.
I have drawn up a plan for a 2X4 that combines my interests between rail and sail with a siding from the mail line leading alongside a river dockside cannery with a sailing ship tied up on the opposite side of the dock.
I also plan on putting a mill in the other corner similar to the one in the picture. This will provide off the main line switching opportunities to build up a two or three car pickup that can be moved up to the siding alongside the mainline.