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Reply to "Modular Club layouts...Looking back"

Members of the (now defunct) Central Arkansas Model Railroad Club (CAMRC) designed and built an O-gauge modular layout with 19 modules equipped with Atlas O track and switches. It was presented to the public for several years during the  FESTIVAL OF LIGHT holiday event in Conway, AR (also now defunct).  Afterwards, the modules were stored -- awaiting resurrection -- which came a few years later and then reconfigured with TMCC.

For several years, club members presented the "new and improved" modular layout to the public during train shows sponsored by CAMRC in local public venues. As club members aged and faced medical issues, the arduous tasks of setting-up, taking-down, and operating the trains on modules overwhelmed the relatively small local group (me included).

Subsequently, a group of Lionel loyalists and hobby volunteers totally redesigned and rebuilt a derivative O-gauge modular layout with Lionel tubular track on the main level and Lionel FasTrack on the upper level. It was co-sponsored by the Lionel Collectors Club of America (LCCA) and Laman Library in North Little Rock, AR. Trains operated during five holiday seasons at the library. Total attendance was more than 21,000 visitors during that timeframe.  When that "show and tell" venture ended (mostly due to the difficulty of staffing the layout with volunteers during the busy holiday time), the layout was dismantled. As I understand it, Laman Library still receives holiday phone calls asking, "Will the trains be running this season?"

Mike Mottler    LCCA 12394



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