All modules built for use in CenterTrak setups will need to be “ready” for setups before arriving. The following checklist should help you understand what defines a module as “ready” for a setup. Items listed in bold are required for first setup while all others are required by a third setup. Modules that fail to meet these standards at any time are subject to removal from a layout until all issues are addressed.
- Proper Free-mo track, accessory, and DCC Common bus with correct connectors. Refer to the Free-mo standards for more information.
- Working Loconet bus with female connectors mounted to the module. DO NOT just have a wire with a male connector handing on the end. Also do not rely on the jack on the UP-5 to make this connection on the Free-mo ends.
- Self standing module with legs that are firmly attached during setup. Legs that fall out are no longer allowed on our modules due to issues moving modules during setups.
- A working mainline that is centered on the module with one inch cut back on all Free-mo ends. It is recommended that for a first or second setup, regardless of it being public or not, that the mainline is NOT ballasted. This will allow modification if needed. Other scenery can be added at any time.
- A UP-5 Panel (no equivalent) is mounted on each side of a module or module set. The only exception to this is modules that are under 6 feet in length and have no turnouts. This deviates from the Free-mo standard but is acceptable for our use.
- Must have been certified by another member for proper connections. This can be done during setup but module must not be connected to others until this is done.
- Fascia is painted an appropriate color.
- All track has proper ballast and is in working order.
- All turnouts work and controls are accessible from both sides of the module. Any turnout that does not work must be flagged during setups.
- All module surfaces are covered with basic scenery and scenery should be free of damage.
- Buildings should be visually complete (no missing walls, windows, doors, roof). When building is on the layout, it should look like it is a permanent fixture even if it is removable.
- You should be proud of how your module looks.
A module that has attended multiple setups should be inspected to be sure it meets all of the above items before coming to a setup. You may not make repairs to scenery or fascia at a setup. Minor track repairs as necessary are allowed but must be brought to the attention of the Run Chief.