KC T-Nuts

Location: Kansas City, MO

T-TRAK Standards: Alternate Spacing

DCC: Digitrax, Wi-Fi throttles; Z scale is DC-only

AnyRail Master Library (very much a work in progress): KC Module Library 20210523.any

We are a multiple scale T-TRAK club based in the Kansas City area. We currently have N and HO scale layouts and are beginning to build a Z scale layout, but people working in other scales are welcome to join as well. We currently operate out of club member homes, but we are searching for a central location where we can meet and set up our layouts between shows.

Our club standard follows the T-TRAK standards with two notable exceptions: In N and HO scales our modules are wired with Anderson Powerpole connectors instead of the standard Kato/Tamiya connectors, and our modules are wired BWBW instead of BWWB. However, we can easily accommodate modules that are wired with Kato/Tamiya connectors and wired BWWB with minimal effort thanks to the genderless nature of the Powerpole connectors we use. Our Z scale modules are wired BWWB with Anderson Powerpole connectors, as is the T-TRAK-Z standard.

Our club is comprised of two clubs that were formerly part of Traintown KC at the Ward Parkway mall in Kansas City, the Weekend 'N' Gineers and the Southern Kansas City Model Railroad Historical Society. After Traintown left the mall, the two clubs both began exploring options for their sudden lack of dedicated operating space. T-TRAK was the perfect fit, as the smaller modules enabled the clubs to quickly set up operational layouts, even without much space to set up in. The clubs came together to form the KC T-Nuts, and until recently were operating small layouts in the basement of the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall.

Between club-owned and member-owned modules, we are able to rebuild our N scale layout every few months to provide a fresh operating experience for club members to run their trains, and we are able to create quite extensive layouts when we attend a show.

The HO scale layout is currently undergoing repairs, as the modules were stored for several months, and some weren't build quite to spec. We have been using our work/ops sessions to ensure the core modules we take to shows are running perfectly, and then we will begin work on a few more modules to create an L-shaped layout to fill the available space so that all members can enjoy running trains in our space.

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