Bow Valley Model Railroad Club has an HO modular layout
which it often displays at shows and other events. This layout consists
of a number of separate panels or modules which can be assembled
in various ways and which can result in a different layout for
every show! We can make layouts which vary in size from about eight
feet by eight feet up to 44 by 32 feet or even larger.
of the features of our layout is that it is quite low. This makes
it more easily visible to smaller children and handicapped individuals.
Our club members do have to duck down a bit more to crawl under
the modules to get inside the layout!
larger shows, though, we have now constructed a panel
with a lift-up section so we can walk in and out more easily.
modules are approximately 2 feet by 4 feet (actually 47.5 inches
by 23.5 inches but we usually round this to 2 x 4 feet).
design a custom layout configuration
for each and every show or display in which we participate.
modules (example) are hexagonal
and match the standard 2 by 4 foot grid.
modules have been built which match the standard grid but are
of different sizes. These include:
two six-foot by 30 inch modules which are part of a large yard
eight foot by two foot modules which are part of a set of long
passing sidings referred to as the "river modules" (example)
"inside corner" (example)
module which allows the configuration of a larger layout which
departs from the more normal overall rectangular shape
modules have a backdrop and are skirted when displayed. Modules
are owned by club members and these members are responsible for
taking their modules to shows and displays when they are needed.
Not all modules are included in every setup.
Digital Command Control (DCC) is used by the club and allows
the independent operation of many locomotives and trains on the
layout at the same time. This requires a certain degree of coordination
and can get exciting at times!
can view some photos of our club layout on our Photos
Valley Model Railroad Association, Calgary - 2019