Module Standards

Module Standards

Postby Shipsure » Tue May 06, 2014 9:57 pm

Working on getting caught up with the world of TT scale and I was reading a short thread about Module Standards. It seems the group/society has given up on the published info and looking for something else? I would suggest we consider Freemo as a basis for a standard. http://www.free-mo.org/standard I'm no fan of much of any NMRA standard especially when it comes to their module standards. Three rails are cumbersome and unrealistic. Given the lack of motive power I don't see much need for race track standards and given the more realistic situations presented by Freemo, we can concentrate on fine tuning realistic settings and landscapes. Just my two cents.

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Re: Module Standards

Postby Marquette » Tue May 06, 2014 10:05 pm

Agreed, I'd be totally on-side with Freemo standards.
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Re: Module Standards

Postby CN-TT » Tue May 06, 2014 10:18 pm

I like Bill Dixon's "TT-Tracks"! http://www3.telus.net/wrdixon/tttrak/track.html :thumbup:
It's not too big, not too heavy, easy and fast to build and not expensive at all.

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Re: Module Standards

Postby railtwister » Wed May 07, 2014 8:15 am

FreeMo has some good points, but still tends to suggest modules that are too big and difficult to store & transport. For this reason, I also prefer the "TT-Tracks" table top modules of Bill Dixon, which were developed from Lee Monaco Fitzgerald's N-Scale T-Trak concept. The "standard" modules are small, and easy to carry (but can be made larger if the modeler desires), and are intended to be set up on banquet tables, so they don't require leg assemblies. They are held together by the Kato UniJoiners which are used by the Tillig "Bedding Track", a TT sized copy of UniTrack. This eliminates the need to carry C-clamps as well (less equipment means more room to carry trains!).

Second to that, I also like oNeTrak, an N-scale offshoot of N-trak, which uses narrower modules with one mainline (or branch line) of track, rather than N-trak's triple mains. Similar standards could easily be adapted for use in TT. A couple of the things I dislike about modules in general is the tendency for them to be typically 24" x 48" no matter what scale they are, and for them to usually be set up in the form of a large oval (aka "dreaded doughnut"), which I think stifles creativity.

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Re: Module Standards

Postby dileTTante » Wed May 07, 2014 8:30 am

With the enthusiasm shown for the 2015 NMRA show in Portland, I thought about recommending Bill Dixon's TT Tracks. TT Tracks has limitations, but we're always the first at a show to be up and running. It's that simple and it's that easy.

If you're thinking about modules for the Portland show-- the Portland show might be the first occasion when there are enough TT modelers in one place at the same time to make a collective modular layout. I believe Bill Dixon will bring his TT Tracks layout. For the one event at least, instead of debating new module standards, in my opinion it's better to bring something that's made to a standard already in use.
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Re: Module Standards

Postby Marquette » Wed May 07, 2014 10:13 am

Well, I do have two TT-Tracks modules planned, and I think it is a good standard for what it is. However, Freemo standards would fill a different need than TT-Tracks fills, so I would also encourage that they be adapted for /that/ purpose.

But I would also encourage that anyone who does go to 2015 show in Portland should also make a TT-Tracks module or two... :)
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Re: Module Standards

Postby Shipsure » Wed May 07, 2014 11:51 am

When I suggested Freemo it was a starting point, not hard and fast. I've seen the TT smaller modules and my only misgiving about them is you end up with a layout that looks patchwork and uneven. I guess I'm thinking kinda big here (occupational hazard :) ) but given the extra size of TT over N, I think we have the opportunity to make this stuff approach the realism of HO. I think making the modules narrower with quick connects will ease set up and take down....but this is just a suggestion. I am setting up to do this in my garage so I'll keep you all posted. I also plan on a module for the 2015 show and look forward to meeting folks. Image I am guilty of aspiring to this level of scale realism...I think we can do it in TT Scale.

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Re: Module Standards

Postby Marquette » Wed May 07, 2014 12:17 pm

Shipsure wrote: I am guilty of aspiring to this level of scale realism...I think we can do it in TT Scale.


Absolutely we can.

Proto:120 is a viable aspiration, too... and if that is possible, just about anything is. With work we can get close to HO levels of detail, with the added benefit of potential depth of scene that could approach what you can get with N. Best of both worlds.
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Re: Module Standards

Postby CSD » Wed May 07, 2014 12:41 pm

You might want to take a look at the FKTT modules. It is a European TT modular standard, but the practices are sound: http://www.fktt-module.de/de . Bit of a chore to navagate as it is all German. There is a nice pictoral construction of one here: http://www.fktt-module.de/node/250

For myself, I would favor the more realistic path. Special attention to the module interfaces from FKTT should be made. I hate how little bits of track or re-railers are used on some Freemo layouts. Ruins the whole look in my opinion.
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Re: Module Standards

Postby Shipsure » Wed May 07, 2014 12:49 pm

Is there a US source for TT scale freight cars? Need to get a few to get things going for scale structures, track work et.

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