Coming in September: Our Fall Spousal Invitational
September 27, 10:30 AM
Once each Spring and Fall we invite our significant others to an
Op Session to run trains with us. Bring your
wife/girlfriend and let her have fun with the other ladies and
share our excitement in "playing with trains!"
Next Operating Sessions August 23, 10:00 AM
September 27, 10:00 AM
October 25, 10:00 AM (Generally the 4th Saturday of the month)
Next Business Meetings
August 16, 10:30 AM
September 20, 10:30 AM
October 18, 10:30 AM (Generally the 3rd Saturday of the month)
Photo Gallery of our 2014 Spring
Spousal Invitational Operating Session Click here
34th National Narrow Gauge Convention
Kansas City Click here
2014 Big Texas Train Show
George R Brown
Houston, Texas Click here
2014 Houston Fall
Weekends from late
Coordinated by the
San Jacinto Model
Railroad Club. If you'd like to have your layout included on the tour,
please find out more by
Railroading in other media
Houston Area RR Radio Scanner
Do you want to listen to
Houston railroad radio traffic on your smart phone or home computer?
Navigate to this link to listen to more than a dozen area radio
channels, Click here
Podcasts for Model Railroaders
Did you know there are hobbyists like us that produce Podcasts that
you can download and listen to on your computer or MP3 player?
For a list of a few of these, Click here
A few good reads Although
we have our own library, the public library is also a source for
books on railroading and our hobby. One example is this book
that most model railroaders would enjoy: "Playing with Trains: A Passion Beyond Scale"
"Check it out" at the
Montgomery County Library.
check out this suspense thriller about a railfan that tries to stop
a killer responsible for a mysterious series of train wrecks: "Foamers" Click here
reading from the APN library:
"Model Railroading with John Allen"
by Linn Westcott
Trains for your ear Instead of music,
about a free download of an MP3 "old time radio" melodrama
for your iPod / MP3 Player? Click here
2-10-0 Road Test How does it perform?
"It corners as if it is on rails!" Click here
to read Road &
Track magazine's road test of a 1924 Baldwin Decapod.
Better than YouTube
Vintage movie footage,
some full length featurettes
from when rail was king
We have doubled the size of our
Clubhouse, now we are doubling the size of our already HUGE layout.
Take a tour of our layout/clubhouse by looking through our
Photo Galleries. In particular, the Pike Scenes gallery really shows off detailed areas of our layout -
click on the link to take a look at it, we think you will be impressed. Or come visit us and take an up close and
personal tour. Just call one of the 2 phone numbers below and set a
date to watch trains running over our mainline.
To get under the hood and learn about some
of the more detailed mechanics of operating our layout,
Welcome to the official website of the All
Points North Model Railroad Club
Founded in 1981 as a social club, APN currently has about 4 dozen members. In 2001 APN
completed construction of a new 2,500 square foot clubhouse
located on two acres of land in Conroe, Texas (just north of
In early 2003 we began construction of our
permanent layout. It culminated in an operating HO scale
point-to-point railroad with over 530' of mainline run.
It also included a narrow gauge HOn3 line.
In less than 7 years after
filling our available space with 1500 square feet of layout, we wanted more.
In May of 2010 we added an extension to the building, doubling
its size to 5,000 square feet. More of this space is
available for layout than the original building. That
summer we embarked on our plan to more than double the size
of what is already one of the largest if not the largest HO
layout in the Greater Houston Area.
We are one of only a handful of model railroad clubs in the
United States that owns both the land and a building solely
dedicated to model railroading. Members have access to the club
anytime, day or night, allowing them to run trains or access the
club's library, or use the work bench or paint booth to work on
their models. Saturdays will almost always find someone
at the club house sometime during the day. We hold a
business meeting the third Saturday of the month.
Operating Sessions have become an important facet of our
enjoyment of our layout, and is what most modelers ultimately
aspire too, many at the expense of finishing the scenicing of
their layouts. At APN we enjoy both!
We hold an Operating Session on the
fourth Saturday of the month. From time to time we also alternate with other layout owners
in the Houston area (and beyond) and operate as guests on their layouts.
Click here to find out more about
operations on the APN Railroad.
memberships available to individuals with an interest in
any phase of the model railroading/rail fanning hobby. Membership is
restricted to individuals 21 years of age or older. Click here for an Application for Membership.
Potential members are welcome to visit our clubhouse.
Roger Macauley, APN President:
Mike McCrae, APN Secretary
The 51 members of the All Points North Model Railroad Club Click on an individual's
picture for more info on that member We play with trains
and aren't ashamed to admit it!
All Points North Model Railroad Club's "Caboose Cam"
A freight train prepares to depart APN's Conroe Yard. Scramble
up the ladder and take a seat in
the caboose cupola. Enjoy the view as the train makes a round over just a
portion of the mainline.
Be sure your speakers are on so you can hear the steam engine.
(Click on the photo to play)
Here are a couple of additional videos shot
on our layout
Train meet on APN's Ralphred siding, just outside the town of Big Bend.
In both of these videos watch for the signals change, giving the train in the
siding the OK to proceed.
(Click on the photo to play)
Another train meet, this time at CP Sabinal near Port Keechi.
(Click on the photo to play)