Main Menu

Basic layout info
Layout details
Operating Sessions
Technical Files
Photo Potpourri
Photo Galleries
APN History
The Mainline (newsletter)
Member files


  APN Events Calendar

APN Calendar

  Click on image for full calendar

APN News

All Points North Model Railroad Association, Inc. (APN) is an IRS 501(c)(3) qualified, non-profit charitable organization. Donations are tax deductible as contributions to a public charity, under IRC Sec 170.

APN's Mission Statement

“The Mission of the All Points North Model Railroad Association is to support and perpetuate the hobby of model railroading.
Our primary objective is to provide a permanent place for our members to participate in the hobby, each at their own level of skill and enjoyment.”

Latest Additions

New Members:

  Jim Sindelar
  Bob Barkhurst
  John Eigel
  Ken Hatley
  Herb Carrier
  Ron Smith
  Sean Gorman
  Raj Subramanian
  John Edmonson
  Rayniel Cruz
  Josto Salis
  Michael DeGeurin

Click above to visit our
YouTube Channel

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
2022 Christmas Party
Click here
Photo Gallery of our
2014 Spring
Spousal Invitational
Operating Session
Click here
Upcoming Events

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


 We have doubled the size of our Clubhouse, now we are doubling the size of our already HUGE layout.

Take a tour of our layout/clubhouse by looking through our Photo Galleries.  In particular, the Pike Scenes gallery really shows off detailed areas of our layout - click on the link to take a look at it, we think you will be impressed.  Or come visit us and take an up close and personal tour.  Just call one of the phone numbers below and set a date to watch trains running over our mainline. 

To get under the hood and learn about some of the more detailed mechanics of operating our layout, click here.



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

Founded in 1981 as a social club, APN currently has over 60 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 hobby.  Membership is restricted to individuals 18 years of age or older. 
Click here for an Application for Membership.  Call our Member-at-Large to arrange for visit.

For more information on APN contact one of the following:

Terry Burkhardt, APN President:
(847) 997-3489

Mike McCrae, APN Member-at-Large:
(281) 832-0165




John AndersEnChris BakerGomelia Baker, Jr.Robert BarkhurstMarty BarkleyAndy BarlowCharlie BarreraBruce BernhoftJason BienekBruce BonnerDon Brady

Conrad BraunJohn BuckleyThis could be you!Terry BurkhardtHerb CarrierJuan CJohn ChristiansenAaron CondeBrian CraigRayniel Cruz

Rich CutlerMichael DeGeurinMike DurhamJohn EdmonsonJohn EigelDavid FastSean GormanKevin GrandjeanSam GreenfieldJeff GreenwoodRob Hall

Randy HandleyTim HarrisKen HatleyMark HerzogClaude HunterJerry JacksonRick JonesGary KirschMike KremhellerScott Kurzawski, Member Emeritus

Mark LunsfordRoger MacauleyMiguel MaciasJohn MazzaRay McClureDave McCorquodaleMike McCraeJack McKeonRobert Miller

Larry MooreChip Mullen, Member EmeritusPat MurphyRob O'NeillCharles O'QuinKrista O'QuinFarrell PittsRick PomeroyRichard PenningtonAndrew Pope

Joe ReedRick ReedCharlie RichmondJosto SalisAlynn SchleisJim ShoelenJim SindelarJoe SindilarRon Smith

Mike SmithRaj SubramanianSivi SubramanianJay TinsleyDavid TumultyStan WaltonMarcus WilsonAlex VastolaJulian WolfeChris Young

The 79 members of the All Points North Model Railroad Association
Click on an individual's picture for a larger photo
We play with trains and aren't ashamed to admit it!




A brief introduction to the All Points North Model Railroad Association






Comic strip courtesy of

(refresh page for random comic strip)




Link to NMRA WebsiteWant to know more about Model Railroading?

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!  

  free counters

All Points North Model Railroad Association'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 out layout

Amtrak Train Number 99 as it runs from Burnito to North Wahl on the All Points North Railroad
(Click on the photo to play)


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)


Created on 01/25/2007
Updated 05/18/2024