Policies and Procedures
- DUES &
- ROLLING STOCK
- The group will not elect regular officers. Two
volunteer positions will exist which consist of the following:
- Run Chief
- Official Contact Person
- Office terms are voluntary and as such last
- RESPONSIBILITIES OF VOLUNTEERS
- Run Chief
- Volunteers to be the official representative of
the group for a specific show or set-up.
- Coordinates participation of module owners and
plans the layout.
- Makes layout plan available to participants
prior to set-up and supervises as the set-up as needed.
- At the discretion of the Run Chief,
responsibilities may be delegated as needed.
- Official Contact Person:
- Serves as official representative of the club.
- Their name and contact information shall be used
on all non show information and advertisements.
- Forwards questions and inquires on to
appropriate group members.
- Keeps a list of group members and maintains the
- At the discretion of the Contact,
responsibilities may be delegated as needed.
- There will be no regular monthly meeting held.
All meetings will be called and organized by individual group members.
Meetings will be held in a round robin fashion.
- DUES AND MEMBERSHIP
- There are NO membership dues.
- There is to be no money kept in the name of the group
or club owned property. Stipends shall be distributed among the
participating group members after the show or donated to a charity agreed
upon by those participants.
- Membership in the group is based on a tiered
system. Refer to the Membership Guidelines
for additional information and criteria.
- All modules must be tested and checked to insure
the meet Free-mo standards before they will be considered for display in
a show. This shall be the responsibility of the individual module owner
with the exception of new modules built by probationary members which
should be checked by their mentor/sponsor.
Only modules which
are 80% complete should enter a show. 80% is as follows: Completion
To participate in the layout, modules must meet ALL
standards for interface and operation. Additionally, modules should meet
the following guidelines.
- Ballast laid
Track and other electrical wiring in and
- No bare wood. Module must be painted with club
- Skirts in place
- All rail joints to be soldered (except bridge
pieces between modules)
- Frogs on turnouts are to be wired and live
New modules should be tested before entering a
- Operation of the layout at shows will be
coordinated through the Run Chief or a Dispatcher if needed.
- A roster of all members' motive power and DCC
addresses to be used on the club layout shall be maintained by the run
chief. This roster shall include the following: Owner's name, owner's
identification mark, locomotive type, color, road name, road number, and
- DCC Addresses used are available on a first come
first serve basis. No two locomotives with the same address may be on the
layout at the same time. Address 03 shall not be used by any club member
as a permanent address. Address 00 shall be used for testing
non DCC equipped locomotives only. Locomotives without decoders shall not
be left on the layout after their testing is complete.
- Members with modules in a show must make
arrangements to get their modules to the show at the time agreed upon and
be there for set up and tear down, unless other arrangements have been
made. Members who do not have modules in a show should assist in the set
up and tear down of the layout.
- Members are responsible for their own module
skirts & rope stands (one stand per 4'of straight module or two per
- SCENERY STANDARDS
- For all public shows and displays, a module's
scenery should be
80% basically complete. The skill and detail
level will be the modeling level of proficiency that the member is
capable of. At
a minimum, no bare wood or other bare foundation material is
allowed unless the module is to be used as a scenery construction
demonstration or the module has received a variance from the Run
Chief. Bare foundation material includes: framing supports,
scenery supports, plaster, cardboard, foam or plywood.
- Scenery should be realistic. It is understood
that model railroad scenery is a much compressed version of the real
world, but care should be taken to see that scenic exaggerations be kept
to a minimum. All colors used for rock, water, uses and shrubbery, etc.
should be realistic. Dirt, ground cover, track ballast, etc. should not
look out of scale.
Requests for variances from the above
standards must be approved by the club.
- Structures may be kit built or scratch built out
of plastic, paper, wood, metal, glass, stone, plaster or any other
material that gives a realistic appearance. All structures should be
complete, painted and weathered appropriately. The structures must be of
the appropriate scale, (HO), and be consistent with the time period and
- Figures of people and animals must be painted and
weathered if necessary. Figures should be consistent with the time period
and location modeled and should be in good taste and appear realistic.
- Module framing members and/or fascia visible to
the public must be painted the appropriate color of brown approved by the
group. This brown is commonly known as Toffee Crunch.
- Vehicles should be chosen based on: time period
modeled, realism and quality. Vehicles should be painted and weathered as
needed. Vehicles that are designed as toys or not of the proper scale or
design should not be displayed.
- Signs and lettering should be consistent with the
time period modeled and must be in good taste. Humor is welcome, but
should fit in with the theme of the module.
- It is suggested that members should complete the
module(s) they are working on before starting other modules.
- ROLLING STOCK STANDARDS
- All wheel sets shall conform to NMRA standard
S-4. A Type 1, Mark IV NMRA HO Standards Gauge shall be used to determine
proper wheel set conformance.
- It is recommended that car weight should conform
to NMRA recommended practice RP 20. 1. The optimum car weight (W) shall
be an initial weight of one (1) ounce plus additional weight of one-half
(½) ounce per inch of car body length (L). Formula: W = 1 + (0.5L). This
standard shall be applied to all unpowered
rolling stock with a tolerance of plus or minus ½ ounce.
- Kadee or compatible
couplers shall be the standard coupler. Coupler and trip pin height shall
match those respective heights on a Kadee HO
Coupler Height Gauge. All couplers shall have sufficient lateral movement
within their coupler pockets to permit smooth train operation on curves.
- All rolling stock shall carry an owner's
identification mark on the underside of the car body. Such marks are to
be affixed in a permanent manner.
- Group members wishing to use rolling stock in
"pool service" for switching purposes during an operating
session shall prepare a car card for each unit. Standard car cards will
be used and shall include the following: Owner's name, owner's identification
mark, car type, length in scale feet, car color, road name, serial or
other identification number.
- Rolling stock and loads should be chosen based
on: time period modeled, realism and quality. Rolling stock and loads should
be painted and weathered as needed. Rolling stock and loads be in good
taste and appear realistic, those that are designed as toys or not of the
proper scale or design should not be displayed.
Proposed draft revision 12 December 2004
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