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We found a new home
Building dedication and modular layout
Starting construction of the permanent layout
The layout is in - Let's run some trains!
Working on the railroad
Progress shows on the layout
Now and Then - see how far we've come
Narrow gauge line
Our first official Operating Session
More operating session pictures
Pike Scenes - showing off our layout
2010 Christmas Party
2019 Christmas Party
2022 Christmas Party
Spring 2012 Spouse Operating Session
Spring 2014 Spouse Operating Session
The Woodlands Photography Club visits APN

Working on the Railroad
A benefit of a club is learning skills
Sharing and learning from others with a variety of different skill sets is one of the benefits of belonging to a model railroad club.  Along the way you will develop many lifelong friendships with others that share your same interest. 

We hold numerous clinics throughout the year, taught by either a club member or by other talented railroaders from the area. We also have work sessions, where members have an opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty as they work side by side and learn from other members.  We also have informal "apprenticeships" where you can work on a committee on a longer term basis under the wing of a more seasoned member.


Mike Kremheller masking off a level line on the wall prior to painting in a sky blue backdrop

If you couldn't guess it, we've got pretty stout benchwork

Rich Clayton conducts a clinic on weathering rolling stock at one of our monthly meetings

Roger Macauley building his skills under the layout as an apprentice on the Electrical Committee

Duane Darling and Ray McClure working on the Base for our turntable

Brian Chapman putting the finishing touches on Ded Hoarce Gorge

David Spencer laying track in Port Keechi Yard

Barry Cottrell and John Christiansen deciding on the placement of a car ferry pier

Mike Kremheller making a lattice of cardboard strips that will serve as a foundation for mountains


Richard Clayton and Mike Kelley preparing Hydrocal soaked paper
 towels and layering them on over a base lattice of cardboard

Richard Clayton brushing on a thinned coat of Hydrocal on a rock cut along the main

Rich Cutler installing building flats behind West Roxburgh

Mike Kelley, Charlie Richmond and his grandson assemble a "topside creeper"

This creeper will support the weight of a man over the layout, allowing him to
work comfortably suspended over the layout and to reach behind obstructions

John Christiansen kit-bashing one of the many building that will occupy the Port

Scott Kurzawski working the Dispatcher's job during an Open House

Scott also wrote the custom software program that creates the dispatcher display that
is seen on the screens, which interfaces with the C/MRI interface to the layout, that
allows the dispatcher to see occupied track on the layout, and remotely operate turnouts.
It also controls the signals on the layout, with both CTC and ABS control

Charlie Richmond and Scenery Committee Chairman Mike Kremheller
mixing plaster to pour into molds to make brick walls

Rick Cutler pouring out the last dribbles of Hydrocal onto one of the hills taking shape

Johnny Krezinski soaking some plaster cloth in water getting it ready to layer it onto the layout

Charlie Richmond talks to visitors to APN's Booth at a Train Show

Ray McClure installing a decoder

Learning how to use a Switch List by making a test run of a train to the businesses at Valley Junction
Roger Macauley, Robert Miller, Johnny Krezinski, Larry Stella and Rich Clayton

John Christiansen runs a train for guests at an Open House

Bob Miller sits at the table with a half dozen other members making trees

Johnny Krezinski painting purple mountains majesty, above the fruited plain

Members at a work session, inspecting and repairing rolling stock

Richard Clayton gives a clinic on painting tracks

John Christiansen bar-b-q's at our annual birthday party

Charlie Richmond, proprietor, Richmond Bridge and Steel

Rich Cutler gives a clinic on weathering using chalks

Mike Kelley runs a train for guests at an Open House

Guest Greg Butler give APN members a clinic on building retaining walls

New member Phil Willman gets assistance from John Christiansen

Richard Clayton making repairs on a piece of track

Errol Coker showing Chip Mullen how to install resistors on wheelsets

Randy Handley programming the decoder of an engine

Moe January working on Big Bend

Miguel Macias switching a train at an ops session

Marty Barkley laying out some new track

Will Smith at BC Oil & Gas

Scott Kurzawski wiring under the layout

Roger Macauley soldering a throttle cable

Duane Darling adjusting a truck on a box car


Updated 02/11/2020