The S Gaugian magazine is 55 years old this year. Don Heimburger started it in 1962 when he was 14!
The author describes a handy grid card that can be used to quickly measure the wheelbase and track/tread width of S-scale vehicles to compare them against prototype measurements, to see if the model truly is to scale.
Booster ads (which support the finances of the Dispatch) can be placed in any issue, but the next issue will have extra pages.
The article provides photos, diagrams, prototype information, and suggestions for how to model a car that can transport live turkeys.
The author interviews Anita Walter, owner of this model trains-only store in Atascadero, California. The store stocks S-scale products, consignment items, Lionel, Kadee, and scratchbuilding materials. She has a mailing list for those who model in S-scale.
Changes to web site addresses, the inclusion of the Dispatch advertisers listing on the "S Resources" page of the NASG web site, and the new feature of additional pages to the Dispatch issue when you download the PDF version, starting this this issue.
Consider putting figures in your locomotives and automobiles on your layout. Put trains on empty tracks when composing a photo for the Dispatch. Starting the Scratchbuilding 101 column.
What is the connection between the holidays and trains? Turkeys in the town where the editor lived (continued on page 5, "Turkeys by Train"). Info about booster ads.
Some more follow-up information about poultry cars covered in the previous issue.
The editor asks for photos for next year's Christmas edition, lists previous survey results, and mentions the various services the Dispatch offers to NASG members and clubs.
Photos and a brief description of each of the 5 people that were elected for this year's NASG BOT election.
Several prototype photos of flat car loads.
The new editor introduces himself, and how he plans to edit the magazine.
The editor responds to feedback he got on the previous issue, the one he edited for the NASG.
The editor of the Dispatch introduces his design idea of making the cover's text look like the font and style of a prototype railroad. Each issue will be different.
Both prototype and model photos of large cranes used to deal with wrecks on the railroad. More photos are shown on page 39 of the online PDF edition.
Basic how-to information for submitting articles for the NASG's Dispatch.
The Dispatch editor, Bill Pyper, provides guidelines for how to write an article for possible publication in the Dispatch.
An update, indicating the Lehigh Valley Models' Palace Poultry car kit. David Tyner shares photos of the construction of his kit.
The editor introduces the DCC series of articles, publicizes questions about S-MOD, and announces that the magazine's publication months will be changed later in 2014.
The editor describes this issue and why one should belong to the NASG.
The editor describes some changes in this issue.
This is the first issue on the new schedule (Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Nov).
Comments about the current issue, and ideas for future issues.
The editor requests that contributor NOT use photo-forwarding services, starts his series on local hobby shops, and the upcoming NASG election.
A note about grain elevators (covered in this issue), and the unfortunate duplication of Mike Fyten's article in the previous issue of the Dispatch and the S Gaugian magazine.
A request for Christmas photos and layout stories.
Membership renewals will no longer be mailed out starting in 2016. Booster ads. Many photos received related to the 2015 NASG Convention. The California State Railroad Museum has a static display of S-scale equipment.
Observations from manning the NASG booth at the 2015 National Train Show. Photos taken at the event are shown on page 4.
What it takes to write and submit an article and/or photos for possible inclusion in future Dispatch issues.
The big "S" on the Superman pajamas might be used in promoting S-scale! Typing in the web site address exactly as it appears in the Dispatch when accessing the NASG web site. A.C. Gilbert's "The Man Who Lives in Paradise" is now available as an eBook.
An evaluation of what the editor has accomplished, and how we need more advertisers to keep the Dispatch going and perhaps get bigger.
The story is about how Jim Bezek refurbishes old, non-functioning American Flyer accessories and brings them back to life again, using a passenger station platform as an example. Includes several construction photos.
The author introduces the owner of RSLaserKits, showing some of their S-scale kits, and photos of their facilities and owner. Page 34 has a collection of photos that show the parts that make up the company's pickle car.
The author describes how he built a small incinerator using an empty cinnamon container. He also shows how to build a smaller one using a spigot from a two-gallon water container.
What color are sidewalks? The author takes a field trip to investigate (he goes outside!). Chipboard is the conclusion he reached for how best to model sidewalks in S-scale.
The author shows how he used some bottle caps and drip-irrigation pipefittings to make a structure for moving Soylent Green into tank cars on a siding.
Using some common household items, the author builds a water tank. Includes many construction photos as well as prototype photos.
Using cotter pins and eyelets for eyebolts to hold railings and piping, and polling-pockets, respectively.
The author finds an old A.F. tank car in a junk sale, and repaints it for "Soylent Green".
The author shares a collection of prototype signs that offer a bit of humor.
The author encourages all the add billboards to your layouts. He provides typical prototype dimensions. He then provides examples of how to make them. Includes prototype and model photos.
The author describes where you can find, and how you can produce, S-scale signs for your layout. Includes several prototype photos, and step-by-step model photos.
A report of Dick Kramer attending the Railroad Hobby Show presented by the Amherst Railway Society and manning a table for the NASG. The Pioneer Valley S-Gaugers changes the club's name.
The editor covers the magazine's deadlines, and suggestions for how to write a how-to article.
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