The module is the basic component of a T-TRAK layout. Details of the modules that will be part of a layout, whether at a local clubhouse or at a train show, are vital to the successful design of the layout, in which various modules are interconnected. This tab contain details of all T-TRAK modules owned by Members and Associate Members of the North Raleigh Model Railroad Club (NRMRC) as well as Club-owned modules and modules on loan to the club.
Kato Unitrack is the standard track for T-TRAK modules, and are spaced on the modules per the T-TRAK Standards, except the club will use the alternate 33mm spacing. Other track, such as flextrack, may be used at the discretion of the modeler with the requirement that the module(s) have Kato Unitrack at both ends. All track must be securely fastened to the module and position at the ends per the T-TRAK standard.
Basic module wiring will follow the method specified in the T-TRAK Standards, using standard Kato Unitrack wires and connectors, and with the two main tracks wired with blue to the track facing the outside of the module. See the next section for wiring for Digital Command Control. Other wiring for AC or DC accessories will be the responsibility of the module owner, but such additional wiring must no interfere with nor be connected in any way to the track wiring.
The T-TRAK wiring standard is intended for DC control of trains, with trains running in opposite directions on the two tracks. This puts track power at opposite polarity on the two tracks. With Digital Command Control (DCC) track polarity should be the same on both tracks. This will be accomplished by means of a track bus that will distribute DCC power from the Booster(s) to the modules. The track bus will follow the NTRAK Recommended Practice of 12gauge stranded cable with Powerpole connectors at the ends, as defined in the document RP on NTRAK Module Wiring. This track bus will have appropriately spaced pig-tail feeders with Kato/Tamiya connectors configured to provide the correct polarity to the track feeders.
T-TRAK modules should be scenicked to the same extent as NTRAK modules, within the physical limitations of the module. Sky boards are optional, but recommended, for T-TRAK modules.
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