Free-moN© (N Scale Free-mo)
The official web site for N scale free-mo modular railroading.
Free-mo is a modular scale railroading standard designed for individual modellers that specifies
bench work, track work, scenery and digital control intended to raise-the-bar for scale modular railroading in general
and, in this case, for N scale modular railroading.
promotes, and even forces, prototypical appearance and operations by using a
single main line traversing the center of the module resulting in prototypical
point-to-point or loop-to-loop configurations and operation.
A free-moN layout at the 2008 WPM show in La Habra CA
Free-moN standard, created by Wesley Steiner,
is maintained by the
Come join the discussions and see what is developing.
Many participants across the country and around the world have already built
modules and are operating free-moN layouts.
This is a new idea for N
scale modular railroading in North America and we welcome your participation.
The Spirit of Free-mo (what it is)
The following list summarizes the spirit and benefits of free-moN over
existing modular N scale standards:
These standards allow for module construction that is free form
between the end-plates resulting in flexible and adaptable layout
configurations to fit any available space.
- Designed to satisfy the needs of the advanced modeller over the needs of the beginner and general public.
- Incorporates a comfortable working and viewing height for adults of 50" from the floor.
- Specifies Code 55 rail for the main with a minimum 22" radius and #6 turnouts.
- Encourages layouts that are optimized for prototypical look and operations by specifying a single mainline down the middle of the module.
- Maximizes flexibility for module design and shape by specifying only the end-plate interface and mainline track standards.
- Simple end-plate specification allows for easy integration into home layouts.
- Encourages a loose association among individuals free of club or group requirements, membership, dues, etc.
- Standardized scenery at the end-plates (to merge visually with adjacent modules).
- DCC/LocoNet/Digitrax control throughout for maximum flexibility.
- Rolling stock that meets or exceeds NMRA standards for reliability.