Our most recent layout setup was September 16 & 17, 2018, in Marine City, Michigan, during the Heritage Days Festival. We had 16 modules from at least 5 different members.
Our club has changed quite a bit through the years. While we have lost several members to things like retirement, relocation and death, we’ve also picked up new members to replace those who have moved on (voluntarily and not so much).
New members typically operate with us for a show or several, then get the itch to acquire their own module(s). Our members range in age from very young to very old, and lots of our members are somewhere in between.
Modules displayed by our members vary in size and complexity, but we do require members to build their modules to Ntrak specifications, which can be found in the Ntrak manual, published by the Ntrak organization (see http://www.ntrak.org for more information).
Members are expected to make sure their module is operational prior to showing up to a meet.
At the Marine City meet, we had a variety of modules on display. Some members displayed modules they built themselves, while other members displayed modules they had purchased from former members and had refurbished to some extent to make them their own.
Above is a 4′ corner built by one of our members for a past Marine City meet. It’s not considered to be complete by its owner, who still isn’t sure what he wants to so with it.
This powerplant scene very much resembles a now demolished DTE coal fired electric plant in Marysville, Michigan.
One of our members takes great joy in the reliable operation of a unit covered hopper train. In this image, that train is stretched across a four unit set of modules that includes a coal mine, power plant, asphalt plant and shopping center. An isolated siding stretches the length of the four modules as well, which comes in handy with multiple operators on the layout.