What Does a T-Trak Module Look Like?

gdmichaels Mar 22, 2017

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    T-Trak (mini) Modules Are Relatively New to Model Railroading

    If you have never seen a T-Trak model train module, you owe it to yourself (and friends and family) to make the trip to the Greenberg Great Train & Toy Show in Wilmington, MA this weekend, March 25 and 26, 2017

    Fay Chin, a true T-Trak talent, will display a number of his modules as an unofficial member of the Northeast N-Trak Club. A man of few words but many engineering talents, Fay enjoys setting up his n-scale based modules so more people can learn about this relatively new size format for model railroading. (The first T-Trak module was built by Lee Monaco-Fitzgerald in June 2001.)

    This picture (courtesy of "The Unofficial T-Trak Handbook")
    illustrates the overall look of a table-top display of numerous size T-Trak modules.

    T-Trak is a model railroad system that uses small-size modules, sometimes referred to as mini modules, which are designed to rest on a table.

    To help you visualize what is meant by 'mini,' think back to your days as a student and the all the homework you completed using loose leaf paper (8.5" X 11"). Well, a 'standard' single, straight module measures 12-1/8" long X 8-1/4" deep (wide) and is only a bit bigger than a sheet of loose leaf paper.

    This small size makes the modules easier to create, store and transport than larger formats, such as N-Trak (4 T-Trak straight singles can fit in the same length space of ONE N-Track 4-foot module). T-Trak is based on a few standards (module size, track placement, track interface and electrical connections), which makes it easy to snap together layouts.

    Here are some pictures of t-track modules created by Fay Chin:

    Coal fired power plant with an operational coal dumper.

    Truck tipper.
    This is a 3D printed functional truck tipper, including the building,
    on a single 33mm space module. The truck tractor is by Atlas. Truck tippers
    are used for dumping wood chips, gravels, potato, oranges, etc.

    Hope to see you there!

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