Who is the Credit Valley FREE-MO Group?
The Credit Valley Free-Mo Group is an HO scale model railroad group that was established in 2007 by people with an interest in the Free-Mo method of module building and operations.
The purpose in creating the Credit Valley Free-Mo Group was to have fun and enjoy the company of others who are looking for the same, in playing with; (oops!) we mean, operating our trains. We hold twice-monthly meetings to discuss progress on group activities, module construction, and other general topics and attendance is voluntary. Members also share their talents and expertise on different aspects of the hobby.
New members are always welcome, and are encouraged to join in the fun. The only pre-requisites to join are that you are interested in operating and/or building module(s) that meet with the Credit Valley Free-Mo Standards & Procedures and have a willingness to participate in group set ups at different venues. We welcome anyone with these desires, from the raw novice modeller to the most seasoned veteran of the hobby.
What Is FREE-MO?
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Free-Mo was developed with the idea that a set of standards focusing mainly on module endplates would enable faithful modelling of prototype and prototype inspired track plans and operations in a modular environment. The length and track configuration of a Free-Mo module or module set is up to the modeller. Free-Mo takes the boredom out of running trains monotonously around a double or even a triple track mainline. With Free-Mo, less is more.
Free-Mo operates like a permanent or sectional layout but still retains its modularity (Free-Mo is actually more modular than existing double track modules). Free-Mo layouts are operated in a point to loop, loop to loop, or point to point fashion. Layout sizes can vary to any size conceivable.
The Free-Mo mainline is centred on a two foot end so modules can be inverted 180 degrees and still mate up to an adjacent module without modification to wiring or track. The Free-Mo mainline also takes advantage of stronger industry support of code 83 rail.
Free-Mo was developed with the idea that a set of standards focusing mainly on module endplates would enable faithful modelling of prototype track plans and operations in a modular environment. The standards just mandate the ends where modules connect together, leaving the length and track configuration up to the modeller. This in turn yields extremely flexible standards that work! For example, if you want to build a module that is 5 feet 7 and 3/4 inches long with an angle of 19 degrees and a 2% grade, you can do it with Free-Mo!
Free-Mo enables the modeller's creativity to shine through their modules. No longer are modellers confined to fixed-length modules of 4, 6, or 8 feet long. They may build a module to their own needs and dreams. For more info on the FREE-MO standards please visit http://www.free-mo.org/