Piedmont 'N Southern Model Railroad Club -- Service with 'Nthusiasm
 

Welcome

Welcome!  You've reached the online home of the Piedmont 'N' Southern model railroad club.  This site provides lots of information about the club and our activities, our modules (NTrak and Bend Track) and our activities.  We have lots of photos and layout schematics, plus information about the electronics and software behind the scenes.

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Recent Events

We enjoyed being a part of the Central Railway & Historical Association's 2016 Annual show [Click here for show flyer!]  The show was in Easley, SC on Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7.  We showcased our recent work on the Mountain Industry and turntable modules, the Athens guys brought some great new (to us) modules (including a crossover) and Steve brought his Kaolin Loop.  The show attendance was moderate, but everyone seemed to enjoy the layout.  The layout ran well, with no major issues encountered.
CRMHA 2016 pics
 
We participated in the Greater Mauldin Chamber of Commerce's annual Trains, Trains & More Trains exhibit from September 11 - 19!  This popular event brought in almost 5,000 people over the span of two weekends.[Click here for show flyer!]
Mauldin 2015 pics
 
We were invited to participate in a brand new festival in the city of Clinton, SC called Rhythm on the Rails sponsored by the Clinton Chamber.  The show was very well organized and a good time was had by all.
We set up our standard NTrak loop, plus the new side yard and turntable module (not shown in diagram)
If we get to be in the same location again, we have more space we could take advantage of.
Clinton 2015 pics
 
We had a great show during the Central Railway Model & Historical Association Annual Show held in Easley, SC on Saturday, January 31 and Sunday, February 1. Our layout included the large loop, transition and logging modules, Mike's home modules, Michael Hahn's modules and our new bolt-on yard and turntable area.  The layout ran well, the show was well-attended, with lots of great feedback from visitors.
Pictures from CRMHA 2015
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About the Club

Purpose

The purpose of the Piedmont 'N Southern Model Railroad Club is to promote the hobby of model railroading through creation of an operating modular N-scale model railroad layout built to Ntrak and/or Bend Track standards. This layout is intended to be displayed to the general public. 

History

To accomplish this goal, a group of interested model railroaders formed a N-scale model railroad club in July of 2009 The decision was made to build a four foot Ntrak module with a Mountain Division. This module, along with seven refurbished modules (built for the former Piedmont 'N Southern Model Railroad Club of Greenville, SC) completed an 8' x 10' operating layout.

In September of 2009, a set of By-Laws was approved by the Club members. The name of the Club is the Piedmont 'N Southern Model Railroad Club (reviving the name of the former Ntrak club of the 1980's and 1990's).

2010 saw the construction of a new Ntrak to Bend Track transition module, including the Mountain Division.  This module allows the Piedmont 'N Southern Model Railroad Club to join with Bend Track modules owned by Club members and other Bend Track clubs.  We also built a Logging module to Bend Track standards, plus it connects to the Mountain line of the transition module.

2011 was spent adding scenery to the new modules, and sharing the hobby at a number of great shows.

In 2012, we have completed the staging yard, featuring power control to all 8 tracks, plus a switchable programming track.  The yard entrance module was also completed, featuring two crossovers to facilitate entry and exit.

In 2013, we have engineered and constructed a "geezer gate" module to allow walkthrough access to the "pit" and staging yard.  It includes relays to stop traffic on the adjoining modules when the gate is open, and we've added a good-looking campground scene.  This gate is a swing-in access "door" through all four tracks (including the mountain line).  The non-hinged side is cut on a expanding-radius curve to provide for a tighter fit and better self-alignment.
We also joined with several other clubs at the NMRA 2013 National Train Show in Atlanta (July 14-20).  We built a "bolt-on wye" to fit the Industry corner, and spruced up all the modules to look their best.  The convention was a big success.
We also purchased a new trailer for transporting and storing our club modules.

Future 

We have began work on a Mountain Industry module, supporting switching from the Mountain Line.  We've also made good progress on a bolt-in side yard and a new corner add-on with a turntable.  The Mountain Industry will have a passenger station, and some sort of industrial area, accessed from the mountain line.
Long-term, we're planning to make two NTrak reverse loops, so we'll have an option to "daylight" the pit area. 

Club Membership 

Membership in the Piedmont 'N Southern Model Railroad Club is open to anyone with an interest  in the hobby of model railroading in general and N-scale model railroading in particular. There are no restrictions based on age, race or gender.  We have members from various Upstate SC locations, such as Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Mauldin, Easley, etc.

Contact Information 

Use our [Online Contact Form]

Write us at: 
Piedmont 'N Southern Model Railroad Club
P.O. Box 864
Mauldin, SC 29662

or visit the club's [Yahoo Group]  Note: we use the Yahoo Group to schedule work sessions and meetings, so sign up if you're interested in attending.

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by R & T