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APN News
Operating Sessions
(Start 10:00 AM)
 April 24, 2021
 May 22, 2021
 June 26, 2021
 July 24, 2021
 August 28, 2021
 September 25, 2021
 October 23, 2021
 November - TBD
 December - TBD
(Generally the 4th Saturday of the month)
 
Business Meetings
(Start 10:30 AM)
 January 16, 2021 (virtual)
 February 27, 2021 (virtual)
 March 20, 2021 (virtual)
 April 17, 2021 (hybrid)
 May 15, 2021
 June 19, 2021
 August 21. 2021
 September 18, 2021
 October 16, 2021
 November 20, 2021
(Generally the 3rd Saturday of the month)
 
2021 Special Events
 July 17 - APN Birthday Party
 October 2 - Fall Spousal Social
 December 18 - Christmas Party
 
Latest Additions
New Member:
 David Macauley
 Jerry Jackson

Noteworthy Pages on Our Website
Pike Scenes:
A Photo Gallery of some of the best scenes on our layout
Click here
 
Photo Gallery of our
members volunteering
at the Greater Houston
Train Show
Click Here

Photo Potpourri gallery
Click here
 
Photo Gallery of our
2019 Christmas Party
Click here
 
Photo Gallery of our
2014 Spring
Spousal Invitational
Operating Session
Click here
 
Railroading
Upcoming Events

  

Greater Houston Train Show
 
2021 - August 14
       Stafford Centre
  2022 - February 12
       Pasadena Convention Center
  2023 - February 18
       Pasadena Convention Center




2021 Tulsa Union
NMRA Bi-Regional Convention
 
Mid-Continent and
 Lone Star Regions combined
   October 6-10, 2021
   Tulsa, OK
Click here




Monthly Virtual Clinics
hosted by Division 8 of the
NMRA Lone Star Region
Click on the logo above
to go to their Facebook page
for information on upcoming clinics
and recordings of past clinics


Bi-weekly Virtual Meetups

   Sundays at 3:00pm
   For information on current
   and past Meetups,
Click here


Virtual Conventions/Clinics
  Go to the NMRAx Facebook
  page for information on
  upcoming clinics
Click here

  Go to the NMRAx YouTube
  channel to view past clinics
Click here

 
Railroading in other media
Free Train Simulator
Do you want to run a virtual railroad on your PC?  Open Rails is a FreeWare train simulator project compatible with Microsoft's Train Simulator product. 
Click here
 
Houston Area RR Radio Scanner
Do you want to listen to
Houston railroad radio traffic on your smart phone or home computer? Navigate to this link to listen to more than a dozen area radio channels,
Click here
 
Podcasts for Model Railroaders
Did you know there are hobbyists like us that produce Podcasts that you can download and listen to on your computer or MP3 player?  For a list of a few of these,
Click here
 
A few good reads

Although we have our own library, the public library is also a source for books on railroading and our hobby.  One example is this book that most model railroaders would enjoy: "Playing with Trains: A Passion Beyond Scale"

"Check it out" at the
Montgomery County Library.    Click here

 
Recommended reading from the APN library:
"Model Railroading with John Allen
by Linn Westcott
 
Trains for your ear
Instead of music, how about a free download of an MP3 "old time radio" melodrama for your iPod / MP3 Player?
Click here
 
2-10-0 Road Test
How does it perform? 
"It corners as if it is on rails!"
Click here to read Road & Track magazine's road test of a 1924 Baldwin Decapod.
 
Better than YouTube
Vintage movie footage,
some full length featurettes
from when rail was king
Click here
 

APN Steam era Logo

 
APN Modern era logo
 
AP&N logo

 

Welcome!
 

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the APN Clubhouse is closed to the general public.
 

 

Welcome to the official website of the All Points North Model Railroad Club - Conroe, Texas

Founded in 1981 as a social club, APN currently has over 50 members.  In 2001 APN completed construction of a new 2,500 square foot clubhouse located on two acres of land in Conroe, Texas (just north of Houston).

In early 2003 we began construction of our permanent layout.  It culminated in an operating HO scale point-to-point railroad with over 530' of mainline run.  It also included a narrow gauge HOn3 line. 

In less than 7 years after filling our available space with 1500 square feet of layout, we wanted more.  In May of 2010 we added an extension to the building, doubling its size to 5,000 square feet.  More of this space is available for layout than the original building.  That summer we embarked on our plan to more than double the size of what is already one of the largest if not the largest HO layout in the Greater Houston Area.

We are one of only a handful of model railroad clubs in the United States that owns both the land and a building solely dedicated to model railroading.  Members have access to the club anytime, day or night, allowing them to run trains or access the club's library, or use the work bench or paint booth to work on their models. Saturdays will almost always find someone at the club house sometime during the day.  We hold a business meeting the third Saturday of the month.

Operating Sessions have become an important facet of our enjoyment of our layout, and is what most modelers ultimately aspire too, many at the expense of finishing the scenicing of their layouts.  At APN we enjoy both!  We hold an Operating Session on the fourth Saturday of the month.  From time to time we also alternate with other layout owners in the Houston area (and beyond) and operate as guests on their layouts.  Click here to find out more about operations on the APN Railroad.
 

APN has memberships available to individuals with an interest in any phase of the model railroading/rail fanning hobby.  Membership is restricted to individuals 21 years of age or older. 
Click here for an Application for Membership.


For more information contact one of the following:

David Fast, APN Member-at-Large:
(346) 237-7186

Bob Butler, APN President:
(832) 526-5799

Roger Macauley, APN Treasurer:
(281) 743-0633


 

 

 

John AndersEnGomelia Baker, Jr.Marty BarkleyCharlie BarreraBruce BernhoftJason BienekBruce BogganConrad BraunJohn BuckleyTerry Burkhardt

Bob ButlerJuan CRoy CentanniJohn ChristiansenAaron CondeJim CrableBrian CraigRich CutlerRichard Dove

Mike DurhamDavid FastSam GreenfieldJeff GreenwoodThis could be you!Randy HandleyTim HarrisMark Herzog

Claude HunterJerry JacksonRick JonesGary KirschSam KocherspergerMike KremhellerScott Kurzawski, Member EmeritusDavid MacauleyRoger Macauley

Miguel MaciasJohn MazzaRay McClureMike McCraeJack McKeonRusty McLaughlinRobert MillerLarry MooreChip Mullen, Member EmeritusPat Murphy

Rob O'NeillRandy PalevichFarrell PittsRick PomeroyAndrew PopeJoe ReedRick ReedCharlie RichmondAlynn Schleis

Jim ShoelenMike SmithSivi SubramanianSteve TibbettsJay TinsleyDavid TumultyMike VarholyStan WaltonJulian Wolfe

The 63 members of the All Points North Model Railroad Club
Click on an individual's picture for more info on that member
We play with trains and aren't ashamed to admit it!

 

 

 

A brief introduction to the All Points North Model Railroad Club

 

 

All Points North Model Railroad Club's "Caboose Cam"



A freight train prepares to depart APN's Conroe Yard. Scramble up the ladder and take a seat in
the caboose cupola.  Enjoy the view as the train makes a round over just a portion of the mainline.
Be sure your speakers are on so you can hear the steam engine.
(Click on the photo to play)

 

 

Here are a couple of additional videos shot on our layout



Train meet on APN's Ralphred siding, just outside the town of Big Bend.
In both of these videos watch for the signals change, giving the train in the siding the OK to proceed.
(Click on the photo to play)

 

 

Another train meet, this time at CP Sabinal near Port Keechi.
(Click on the photo to play)

 

 

 

 

Comic strip courtesy of www.fborfw.com

(refresh page for random comic strip)

 

 

 

 

Why play with trains?



Here is one person's view on how model railroading improves your life.
(Click on the photo to play)

 

 
Link to NMRA WebsiteWant to know more about Model Railroading?

The
National Model Railroad Association is the largest organization devoted to the development, promotion, and enjoyment of the hobby of model railroading.

The NMRA has a web page devoted to beginners in the hobby.
 
Click here to go to that page.
Other sources to consider:
 -Visit the World's Greatest Hobby Website
 -Visit the nearest local Hobby Shop that carries Model Trains
 -Call and arrange a visit with the nearest Model Railroad Club
 -If you live in the greater Houston Area,
Join APN!  
 

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Created on 01/25/2007
Updated 04/30/2021