|Northern California Free-mo|
Northern California Free-mo (NorCalF) is an informal group of like-minded modelers experienced in the various model railroading disciplines. We aspire to a high standard of modeling ranging from cabinetry skills for module framing, to preparation and operation of highly detailed engines and rolling stock. There is no organizational structure, meetings or dues. All decisions about setups and group recommendations are made by consensus. Setups occur as space and time are available, typically 2 to 4 times per year.
For information, contact:
Gary Green at email@example.com (Aptos)
Dan Risdon at firstname.lastname@example.org (Roseville)
Ed Sutorik at email@example.com (Berkeley)
Latest update: March 27, 2017
Northern California Free-mo: Clovis, CA
June 2-4, 2017
At the Sierra Vista Mall
This is a "pay-to-play" event.
For information, contact Dan Risdon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Aptos BarnBQ: Aptos, CA
September 2-4, 2017
At the Aptos Barn
For information, contact Gary Green at email@example.com
Mountain States Free-mo and RPM: Evanston, WY
September 7-10, 2017
At the Historical Railroad Complex
This is a "pay-to-play" event ($50 in 2016).
For information, contact Mike Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org
NorCalF has prepared a document that clarifies and enhances the general Free-mo standards for the specific needs and goals of NorCalF.
The Free-mo Standard
We have also prepared a document that describes our DCC practices.
NorCalF DCC Standards
We communicate with each other using a Yahoo! Group. Participation in
the group requires approval from a group moderator. A link is provided
on the site for requesting a subscription.
NorCalF Yahoo! Group
Gary Green's Trackwork Handbook includes many of the lessons we've learned over the more than 15 years that we've been building Free-mo modules.
Sample construction plans and recommendations that we have
found to work very well can be found on this page:
Appendix 1: Planning
The modular signaling system standard including information
for modelers as well as developers is now available.
Gregg Fuhriman's Occupancy Bus Utility Board 3 (OBUB-3) is now available.
At the 2011 National Train Show, we used these guidelines
for the layout. We would probably use these guidelines for
any large layout that we sponsor in the future.
NTS 2011 Guidelines
Photos and snapshots of many of the layouts we've participated in
can be found at the following locations.
NorCalF: The Early Days
On the left side menu at:
Snapshots of the 2011 National Train Show layout.
A San Bernardino layout at the time of the 2013 RPM meet in the station.
A 2013 National Train Day event in San Luis Obispo.
Michael Larson photos of 2014 layout in the San Bernardino station.
NorCalF's layout at the Santa Fe convention in Fresno, CA.
NorCalF's layout at the Colfax Railroad Days
NorCalF/SoCalF layout at the 2016 SFRH&MS mini-meet, West Covina, CA
NorCalF's event May 13-15 in Clovis, CA
NorCalF/SoCalF layout at the 2017 SFRH&MS mini-meet, West Covina, CA
Several of Harry Wong's galleries.
A number of Bob Schrempp's galleries.
For comments, corrections, and additional information, contact Gary Green at email@example.com