The North Texas Narrow Gauge Group
In the summer of 1998, Gary
Rush from Lewisville, TX put out word via the Internet of his intention to
gather a group of guys to build a portable layout in Sn3. Gary connected
with Keith Stamper, a Canadian modeler who had recently relocated to
Denton with his job. Shortly thereafter, Marc LaChey of Richardson made
contact with Gary and Keith. The nucleus of the NTNG was formed.
wasnít too long before other members joined the group. Those were Randy
Smith, Paul Cleveland, Tom Petrick and Clark Womack. This group built the
first Sn3 layout. That layout was displayed at the Plano Train Show from
2002 to 2005.
One of the strengths of the NTNG group is that unlike other
modular groups in which the builder owns an individual module, the ECWRR
is a group effort. A fundamental premise of our work is that the member
who has the best skill or talent for the job leads or does that job. This
allows us to build on our memberís strengths. As an example, the backdrop
painting and scenery are the work of founding member, Gary Rush. While
Gary might let someone else glue down the dirt, when the time comes, we
stand back and let him paint.
The NTNG does have formal bylaws
(somewhere) but the group has no formal officers or titles. A few members
have earned unofficial nicknames. Decisions about our project come about
through discussion, debate and a consensus (most times) among the group.
The common thread among our members is a strong interest in narrow gauge
If you have interest in narrow gauge modeling whether it is
HOn3, Sn3, On3, On30 or larger scales and would like to work with a group
that enjoys the fellowship of like-minded model railroaders, just ask one
of our members about becoming a part of our group. For more information
about the North Texas Narrow Gauge group, contact Marc LaChey at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call (214)