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APN News
Coming in September:
  Our Fall Spousal Invitational
               Operating Session!

   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)
 
Latest Additions
Photo Gallery of our
2014 Spring
Spousal Invitational
Operating Session
Click here
New Members:
  Charlie Simonson
  Armando Perez
 
Railroading
Upcoming Events
34th National Narrow Gauge Convention
  Sept. 3-6
  Kansas City
  Click here
 
2014 Big Texas Train Show
  Sept. 6-7
  George R Brown
  Houston, Texas
  Click here
 
2014 Houston Fall
Layout Tour
    Weekends from late
    October through
    early December
 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 clicking here
 
 
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.    Click here

Or 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
 
Recommended reading from the APN library:
"Model Railroading with John Allen
by Linn Westcott
 
Trains for your ear
Instead of music, how 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
Click here
 

APN over 30 years of service

 

Welcome!
 

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, click here
 

 

 

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 Houston).

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.
 

APN has 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.


For more information contact:

Roger Macauley, APN President:
(832) 482-2646

or

Mike McCrae, APN Secretary
(281) 832-0165

 

 

Bobby AllenMarty BarkleyJason BienekB.J. CaronTerry BurkhardtBob Butler

Kevin BuxtonJuan CRoy CentanniPast President John ChristiansenErrol CokerRich Cutler, 2014 Vice PresidentDuane Darling, past officer

Mike DurhamSam GreenfieldRandy HandleyTim HarrisMark Herzog, 2014 Member-at-largeJim Kastor, Past Member-at-Large

Mike KelleyMike KremhellerJohnnie KrezinskiScott KurzawskiJim LedlowRoger Macauley, 2014 PresidentMiguel Macias, past VP

John MazzaThis could be you!Ray McClureMike McCrae, 2014 SecretaryJack McKeonRusty McLaughlin

Craig MenardDon Menard2014 Treasurer Robert MillerEddie MooreChip MullenRandy PalevichArmando Perez

Farrell PittsRick PomeroyJoe ReedRick ReedCharlie Richmond 2008 Member-at-LargeDavid Roberson

Jim ShoelenCharlie SimonsonLarry StellaSivi SubramanianDavid TumultyStan WaltonBrad Wilburn

 

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)

 

 

 

 

Comic strip courtesy of www.fborfw.com

(refresh page for random comic strip)

 

 

 

Link to NMRA WebsiteWant to know more about Model Railroading?

The
National Model Railroad Association is the largest organization devoted to the development, promotion, and enjoyment of the hobby of model railroading.

The NMRA has a web page devoted to beginners in the hobby.
 
Click here to go to that page.
Other sources to consider:
 -Visit the World's Greatest Hobby Website
 -Visit the nearest local Hobby Shop that carries Model Trains
 -Call and arrange a visit with the nearest Model Railroad Club
 -If you live in the greater Houston Area,
Join APN!  
 

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Created on 01/25/2007
Updated 08/02/2014