Frank Titman is a prolific modeler, builder, author, editor, and kit manufacturer (Lehigh Valley Models). This is a photo essay of his Spiral Hill layout, which was featured in the Great Model Railroads 2000 annual magazine. This article includes a track plan of the 19'x20' layout.
Despite the kit definitely being intended for O-scale, the author still managed to make it into a reasonable model for S.
After a brief introduction of how the author met Frank, the remainder of the article is an interview-style format. Frank describes how he got started in model railroading, in S-scale, background info on the S Gauge Herald, and the history behind Lehigh Valley Models. Includes photos of Frank's layout and his models.
Frank Titman has sold his company, Lehigh Valley Models, to Phil Kehr of K&P Brick & Building Company out of York, PA. Includes photos of some of the company's models.
The author reminisces about John H. Long who had recently passed away. John modeled in S-scale for 37 years, and was a founding member of the Central Pennsylvania S Gaugers.
An ode to Russ Downs and what he did for the hobby.
Bill describes Stan's involvement in the hobby.
Introducing John Foley.
Introduction of Fred and Dolores Rouse who bought S Scale Locomotive & Supply.
Introducing Hiram Graves. Includes a model photo of the 2nd place Craftsman category he won at the 2002 NASG Convention.
Introducing Wally Collins (81 at the time). Includes several photos of Wally and his layout.
Bill briefly introduces Bob Werre, with a couple of photos of Bob's studio where he was busy photographing SHS products.
Bill introduces Stan Furmanak, who is the new NASG membership secretary. Includes photos of Stan and some of the models he has built.
Bill introduces Tom Robichaud who is a member of the Bristol S Gauge Club.
Joe and Lori Fuss, owners of Ragg's To Riches, are introduced. They personally model in Sn3, although their company sells products for most scales. Includes the history of the company.
Introduces Bert Mahr and his "Conrail & Eastern Railroad". Includes a couple of photos.
The author introduces Roy Hoffman, how he got started in the hobby, and his current Penn Western "scale" layout.
Introduces Emory Shughart, and his whole family. Includes a few photos of Emory's A.F. layout.
Introduces John Degnan. Includes a photo of him and Jim King (Smoky Mountain Modelworks).
Introduces Jim King, owner of Smoky Mountain Modelworks.
Bill introduces Cliff Brown who models the Lehigh Valley.
The author describes the engine that he bought from the Stan Furmanak estate, which was an American Model unit that needed to be repainted.
This is a follow-up article describing other modelers who have completed their Perma-Built freight car kits recently. Includes several photos of models
The author held two clinics at the 2001 NASG Convention about building this older kits. Wally Collins started this effort upon finding 80 kits in his basements. The article includes some tips the author gave at the clinics about building these 1950s-vintage kits. Includes several model photos in the author's collection.
The author presents a materials list, a scaled drawing, and step-by-step guidance to how to scratchbuild a sandhouse. Includes two small photos of the completed model.
Bill explains the "Secret Project Month" concept started in their local club in the 1960s. He describes what he had to do to hold the meeting at his house, and the results of this year's Secret Project contest. Includes photos taken at the meeting, as well as photos of this year's models.
This annual event made the author reflect on the first one he attended and some of the highlights over the years. Includes photos of significant events at some of the shows.
The Lehigh Valley S Gaugers meet in April to reveal each member's "secret project". Several months earlier the members of the club indicate what they intend to reveal in April, and the entries are sealed in an envelope. Members with no, or incomplete, projects have to pay a penalty fee. At the April meeting the projects are judged and prices are awarded to the top three entries. The project keeps the members building. Photos of the efforts are shown in the article.
A report on the clinic/meeting that was held for members of the Yahoo! Groups S-scale discussion list.
Using the stranded-wire technique, the author describes how he built new trees to improve upon the ones he had previously built. Includes several photos.
Using left-over Christmas decorations to serve as the basis for S-scale trees. Includes construction photos.
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