What is NRail?
In 1974, Jim FitzGerald started publishing a newsletter with the intent of establishing communications with the N scale community about new ideas and about N scale. That newsletter became the NTRAK Newsletter and in 1994, NTRAK became a formal organization with incorporation. In 2000, T-TRAK was born and introduced through The NTRAK Newsletter which continued to be a communications channel for the N scale community.
Today, N scale is the second most popular scale in the North America and the Newsletter continues to be a communications channel for N scale. The purpose of NRail is to promote N scale in all forms, all standards in many different environments at many different displays.
Membership in NRail supports N Scale and provides the communications channel on which N Scalers have come to rely.
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About N Scale Modular Railroading
The building of a module is not difficult. Building a module has the distinct advantage of "forcing" the builder to do all the phases of layout building, without having to do so much of one phase that they get "fed up" with it, as can happen when building a large home layout. So often the scenery doesn't get built or the track work is never made to work right, or some other building phase is neglected. Getting a module ready for a scheduled meet will do wonders for a builders speed and concentration! Another advantage is that the module can be turned on its side or upside down, making working on it much easier, providing better lighting, and making it possible to avoid hot solder drips. The module can be brought to another part of the house where the rest of the family is, or taken outside when a smelly job needs doing. The small footprint also allows for experimentation with scenery techniques.
Over the years the organization has created a nuber of documents covering most of the N Scale standards for modular railroading. While the organization promotes all of the standards, involvement by NRail in each standard varies, based on a number of factors. More information including an introduction to each standard is available on our N Scale Modular Standards page.
The organization has been publishing documents for N scalers for well over 40 years. This includes the original NTRAK standards, the T-TRAK standards and more. With the rise of electronic publishing, many documents are now being offered through Amazon in Kindle format. A complete list of the documents is available at NRail.org Publications.