AMTAS announced as a Aussie System

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AMTAS announced as a Aussie System

Postby dthead » Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:27 pm

On one of the many Facebook Groups, a band of modellers have just announced a new set of standards
for which they are building modules. Their plan over the comming months is to post updates and tutorials and the rules to build a standard module.

The Facebook group is : Australian Model Trains All Scales

And this is the link: ... 1/?fref=nf

Since this group's idea failed and stalled, I will no doubt try to support this new one. Nothing fancy, just a simple module. I like the idea of single track, and DCC. They have stated NCE but at home you can conenct any DCC system.

For those interested still here is just one opening set of rules to think about.

David Head

Australian Model Trains All Scales (AMTAS)

AMTAS module build rules
These rules are designed to ensure the modules all line up and join together successfully.
There is no limit to the amount of modules you wish to build, but the ends of one module at each end must be in the specified location to ensure it will connect to other modules. If only building 1 module, each end must be at the specified distance as per supplied measurements.
1; The base board must be made to the specification as laid out in the "module build size and cutting list". The materials can be bought from your proffered supplier, but they must be exactly the same as the cutting list sizes in order for the project to work.
2; The measurement from the facia of the module to the centre of the track needs to be 200mm exactly, to measure this, line the centre of your track up with the centre of your bolt holes at one end, this will ensure the modules all fit nicely together and are able to be set up in any order. Again, if you are planning on doing more than 1 module, you may chose to place your tracks as you wish, but the 2 ends that will join up to other people's modules MUST be placed at the 200mm from the front of the module. You must have 4 12mm holes drilled to accommodate the bolts to join the modules together. A digram is available printed to size, this will cost $2, Otherwise see attached diagram to follow for the measurements.
3; a bus wire will need to be installed, the connection that are required to join the modules are these:
These must be at each end of the module to ensure smooth and easy set up and running. Red for positive and black for negative.
4; the positive wire is to be run down the back side of the module, this will ensure everyone's modules will line up appropriately and no electrical issues will arise.
5; there must be 1 positive and 1 negative dropper wire per piece of flex track on the common main line. This will ensure smooth and constant power to the whole layout when it is set up, and will illuminate any dead spots. The outer most rail (the one furtherest from the back scene) will be the positive rail, the rail closest to the back scene will be the negative rail.
6; your back scene must be 200mm from the top of the base board to the top of the back scene. You can raise the centre part of your back scene to accommodate a hill etc, but the ends must be 200mm high and you can not raise the scene for 100mm. See attached digram bellow: digram to follow
7; you must have 1 common main line only, this is to help keep costs down and make running trains a little more like the real thing.
8; you must have the connections at each end of the module, this is so we can hook them all up.
9; peco code 83 track must be used for your main line that runs through your module, this will ensure most models can run across all modules.
10; your bus wire size must be 2mm thick to ensure no voltage drop through the layout.
11; we will be using a NCE DCC system, this will help with keeping set ups simple. As most people have smart devices or iPads/ tablets, we will be using an interface which allows you to down load an app and connect using WiFi to control your train.
Aside from those 11 easy to follow and fair rules, the module scene is entirely up to you, it can be as simple or complicated as you like!
If you would like to build a curved module, please PM us and we will advise the minimum radius and sizes required to do this.
There is no cost for being part of this build, you will need to pay for all your own materials and also any costs involved with attending the exhibitions. This includes contributing to the cost for public liability in the event that we need to have the insurance for a meet.
Please note:
ALL modules will be inspected to ensure they will work in with all the other modules, if your module doesn't meet our basic minimum standard, you won't be able to connect it in with everyone else!
If you choose to come and be part of a meet, we take no responsibility for any damages to rollingstock or locos that may occur during the meet, we are doing everything possible to ensure nothing will go wrong, but accidents do happen!
These rules are non negotiable, these are designed to include as many people as possible.

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Re: AMTAS announced as a Aussie System

Postby dthead » Thu Nov 24, 2016 11:10 am

There is a dedicated facebook group for this, so we do not have to wade through all the other stuff.

My objective is to make a single plain module with just the single track through, to be a personal template for more modules in the future.

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