Northern California Free-mo
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About Us

 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.

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Event Schedule

Aptos BarnBQ: Aptos, CA
September 3-5, 2016
At the Aptos Barn
For information, contact Gary Green at gary@regalvalley.com

Mountain States Free-mo meet: Evanston, WY
September 8-11, 2016
15,000 square feet in historic railroad building
RPM show September 10, 9 AM to 5 PM
This is a "pay-to-play" event.
For information, contact Mike Nelson at i_m_loco@hotmail.com

Great Train Show: Costa Mesa, CA
January 14-15, 2017

At the Orange County Fair and Event Center
For information, contact Gerry Bill at gerrybill@cox.net

Northern California Free-mo: Clovis, CA

June 2-4, 2017 (note date change)
At the Sierra Vista Mall
This is a "pay-to-play" event.

For information, contact Dan Risdon at drisdon@gmail.com

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Reference Resources

NorCalF has prepared a document that clarifies and enhances the general Free-mo standards for the specific needs and goals of NorCalF.
NorCalF Guidelines
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

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Photos

Photos and snapshots of many of the layouts we've participated in
can be found at the following locations.

On the left side menu at:
garymgreen.com


Snapshots of the 2011 National Train Show layout.
http://garymgreen.com/national_train_show_snapshots.html

A San Bernardino layout at the time of the 2013 RPM meet in the station.
https://vimeo.com/64918282

A 2013 National Train Day event in San Luis Obispo.
https://vimeo.com/66213802

Michael Larson photos of 2014 layout in the San Bernardino station.
https://vimeo.com/96537247


NorCalF's layout at the Santa Fe convention in Fresno, CA.
https://vimeo.com/102294428


NorCalF's layout at the Colfax Railroad Days
https://danrisdon.smugmug.com/2015-ColfaxRRdays-Free-mo/

NorCalF/SoCalF layout at the 2016 SFRH&MS mini-meet, West Covina, CA
https://vimeo.com/154930849

NorCalF's event May 13-15 in Clovis, CA
https://vimeo.com/167470482
https://danrisdon.smugmug.com/Free-mo-Clovis-SVM-2016

Several of Harry Wong's galleries.
http://www.pbase.com/tracktime/rails_in_scale


A number of Bob Schrempp's galleries.
http://www.pbase.com/bschrempp/scale_models


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For comments, corrections, and additional information, contact Gary Green at gary@regalvalley.com