NASG Dispatch Articles by David Heine

Meet an S Gauger

Issue:
1999 #6 December
Page:
14
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:

The author introduces himself, describes his layout, and shares a number of photos.

Slim Gauge Observations

Issue:
2011 #3 June
Page:
11
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:

With this issue the "Sn3 Column" is renamed. This article covers the new P-B-L hybrid K-27, a ready-to-run Sn3 steam locomotive that features a combination of plastic and brass to reduce the cost (and the super fine detailing) as compared to pure brass models.

Slim Gauge Observations

Issue:
2011 #5 October
Page:
18
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

The author reports on the 31st National Narrow Gauge Convention which was held in Hickory, North Carolina on September 7-10, 2011. Includes a few photos of S-related items at the show.

Slim Gauge Observations

Issue:
2012 #2 April
Page:
22
Category:
Layout Design
Description:

The author shares an introspective about the direction of his current layout.

Slim Gauge Observations

Issue:
2013 #3 June
Page:
16
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:

The author shares some photos of his layout, which is open during the 2013 NASG Convention.

Special Track Work on the Lehigh & Western

Issue:
2014 #2 April
Page:
11
Category:
Track
Description:

The author describes his reasoning for, and his method of, hand-laying track. Instead of using ready-made components, he designed his layout the way he wanted to, and then built the track accordingly. David's layout uses standard-gauge, and three-foot and two-foot narrow-gauge lines.

Straight & Narrow

Issue:
2009 #6 December
Page:
22
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

This article is a brief review of the 2009 National Narrow Gauge Convention in Colorado Springs, CO.

Straight & Narrow

Issue:
2010 #1 February
Page:
20
Category:
Track
Description:

Using N-scale track to model an Sn22 tramway (using banta modelworks' kit T-2121, Sn2 Ore Tram Mine Cars).

Straight & Narrow

Issue:
2010 #2 April
Page:
21
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

A review of the 25th Sn3 Symposium, held February 24-27 in Houston, Texas.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
1995 #6 December
Page:
31
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

After the author introduces himself, he reports on the 1995 National Narrow Gauge Convention held in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. S-scale was well represented in the model contests at the convention.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
1996 #1 February
Page:
28
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Description:

After explaining what Sn3 is, the author describes the benefits of Sn3 over HOn3.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
1996 #2 April
Page:
28
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Description:

This is a product review for the Berlyn Locomotive Works Sn3 car kit, a C&S Type II box car. Includes a photo. Part of the article got chopped off during editing of the magazine; the text is included in the next issue's column.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
1996 #3 June
Page:
26
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:

The author describes how he built his Sn3 Heisler, by converting an IHC HO standard-gauge Heisler. There is a sidebar to includes the remaining text from the previous issue's article that got chopped off.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
1996 #5 October
Page:
8
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:

What would it take to model in Sn42? The author recommends using HO-scale track, and some projects for conversion to S-scale.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
1996 #6 December
Page:
25
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:

The author looked to the EBT prototype to figure out how to move coal on his layout between standard- and narrow-gauge.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
1997 #1 February
Page:
24
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:

In this column the author covers various non-S-scale kits that can be used to model Sn3 cars. Includes photos of some of those projects.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
1997 #2 April
Page:
24
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:

Covers how goods were transferred between narrow-gauge and standard-gauge cars. Also covered are how to have two identical cars, one with each type of truck to simulate transferring the car by swapping the trucks (includes photos).

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
1997 #3 June
Page:
24
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:

In this article the author describes how he converted a 4-6-0 Mantua HO-scale locomotive into an Sn3 model. Includes a parts list, and a couple of construction photos.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
1997 #5 October
Page:
22
Category:
Track
Description:

Prototype and model information about dual-gauge track and turnouts.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
1997 #6 December
Page:
17
Category:
Track
Description:

How to model in other narrow gauges other than 3-foot in S-scale (Sn2, Sn42).

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
1998 #1 February
Page:
13
Category:
Product Review
Description:

The author reviews the B.T.S. EBT flat car kit.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
1998 #2 April
Page:
20
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:

Prototype information about diesel locomotives used on narrow-gauge railroads.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
1998 #3 June
Page:
24
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:

The author takes an HO-scale Atlas U36C mechanism, re-gauged it for Sn3, and mates it with an S-scale American Model GP35 shell. Includes one photo of the final model, as well as photos of powered box cabs and an Sn3 critter.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
1998 #5 October
Page:
23
Category:
Track
Description:

The author suggests trying to build an interchange between standard- and narrow-gauge tracks. The article also contains information about an Sn2 discussion list.

The 'S'traight & Narrow Part II

Issue:
1998 #6 December
Page:
23
Category:
Track
Description:

The author continues with how to model an interchange between standard- and narrow-gauge tracks.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
1999 #1 February
Page:
20
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:

The author shares his research into prototype narrow-gauge steam locomotives. He also briefly describes the Sn3 models produced up until that time. Two prototype photos of locomotives are included.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
1999 #2 April
Page:
20
Category:
Freight Cars
Description:

How to build a reasonable selection of freight and passenger cars for narrow-gauge trains.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
1999 #3 June
Page:
20
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:

This column covers outside frame locomotives, Sn3 2-6-0 availability, achieving a "family look" among your equipment. Includes prototype photos of a Cumbres & Toltec K-36 outside frame 2-8-2.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
1999 #5 October
Page:
24
Category:
M.O.W. Equipment
Description:

This column covers how to model a rotary snowplow in Sn3. Includes several model photos.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
1999 #6 December
Page:
13
Category:
M.O.W. Equipment
Description:

This time the author covers what is available in two-foot narrow-gauge in S.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
2000 #1 February
Page:
29
Category:
Railroading
Description:

The author describes logging railroads, and how one might model one using available S-scale products.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
2000 #2 April
Page:
18
Category:
Railroading
Description:

What did narrow-gauge railroads actually transport? The author compiled a listing of the RGS' transported goods in 1940.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
2000 #3 June
Page:
26
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:

Using an MDC HO-scale Shay to build one for Sn3, and how to do the conversion. Includes final model photos.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
2000 #5 October
Page:
24
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:

How to model in Sn3 and shifting your era to the early part of the 1900s.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
2001 #1 February
Page:
14
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:

The author shares the track plan and a full description of his multi-gauge, 25'x33' layout (S, Sn3, Sn2).

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
2001 #2 April
Page:
22
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:

Narrow-gauge lines kept their rolling stock lettering to a minimum to save on money. Also covered are the possibility of kitbashing an HO-scale Bachmann Shay, and how an On30 Bachmann engine might be better suited for S-scale standard-gauge as a kitbash.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
2001 #3 June
Page:
20
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:

The author provides tips and a bit of a product review of the Railmaster Exports 4-4-0 kit. Includes a model photo.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
2001 #5 October
Page:
26
Category:
Railroads
Description:

The history of the Rio Grande Southern, and ideas on how to model it in S-scale. Includes several prototype photos, and a bibliography of published materials on the RGS.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
2001 #6 December
Page:
21
Category:
Track
Description:

This column discusses narrow-gauge curves, grades, clearances, and rail.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
2002 #1 February
Page:
20
Category:
Railroads
Description:

Narrow-gauge railroads in Ohio.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
2002 #3 June
Page:
8
Category:
Railroads
Description:

How to model the EBT in S-scale. After a brief introduction, the column covers motive power, freight cars, passenger cars, cabooses, standard-gauge cars, and structures. Includes several prototype photos, a map, and an example timetable.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
2002 #5 October
Page:
23
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

The author reports on the 2002 National Narrow Gauge convention in Providence, Rhode Island.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
2003 #3 June
Page:
20
Category:
Layout Design
Description:

A recent move has prompted the author to start a new narrow-gauge-focused layout. In this column, he reviews the things he learned from his previous layout, and the plans for the new one. A track plan is included.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
2003 #6 December
Page:
20
Category:
Layout Design
Description:

The author moved again, so the previously-shared layout design is revisited with some new ideas. Includes the new, new track plan.

The Straight & Narrow

Issue:
2004 #1 February
Page:
20
Category:
Model Railroad History
Description:

This article chronicles the history of U.S. narrow-gauge prototype railroading.

The Straight & Narrow

Issue:
2004 #6 December
Page:
8
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Description:

The author makes an argument for why one might want to model in narrow gauge.

The Straight & Narrow

Issue:
2005 #1 February
Page:
30
Category:
Structures
Description:

Tips and tricks for building structure kits.

The Straight & Narrow

Issue:
2005 #5 October
Page:
24
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

The author and his wife manned the NASG booth at the 25th National Narrow Gauge Convention in Dearborn, Michigan. He offers a complete review of the show, from an S-scale perspective. Includes several photos.

The Straight & Narrow

Issue:
2006 #5 October
Page:
24
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:

Photos of the author's Sn2 equipment by Train & Trooper, as well as two P-B-L Sn3 pieces.

The Straight & Narrow

Issue:
2006 #6 December
Page:
18
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

The author reports on the 2006 National Narrow Gauge Convention in Durango, Colorado. Includes two photos.

The Straight & Narrow

Issue:
2007 #1 February
Page:
18
Category:
Freight Cars - Flat Cars
Description:

(note that the article's page number is "20", but should have been 18) The topic is the construction of the BTS-09013 kit for a West Side Lumber Co.'s 24' flat car. Includes two photos.

The Straight & Narrow

Issue:
2007 #2 April
Page:
18
Category:
Freight Cars - Flat Cars
Description:

(again, note that the article's page number is "20", but should have been 18) The author is getting ready to lay ties and rail on his home layout. The article covers what a rail height's code number mimics in the real world (as scaled down to S). Several test tracks are described to prepare for the formal track work.

The Straight & Narrow

Issue:
2007 #3 June
Page:
18
Category:
Freight Cars - Flat Cars
Description:

(again, note that the article's page number is "20", but should have been 18) The author is getting ready to lay ties and rail on his home layout. The article covers what a rail height's code number mimics in the real world (as scaled down to S). Several test tracks are described to prepare for the formal track work.

The Straight & Narrow

Issue:
2007 #5 October
Page:
26
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

The author reports on the 2007 National Narrow Gauge Convention held in Portland, Maine, including which new S-scale products were available from the various vendors. Includes several model and prototype photos.

The Straight & Narrow

Issue:
2008 #2 April
Page:
20
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

The author reviews his attendance of the Sn3 Symposium held in February in St. Louis. There were 10 S/Sn3 layouts open for tours. Includes several photos.

The Straight & Narrow

Issue:
2008 #5 October
Page:
20
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:

The author shares his experience building the Pro Patria Mill by banta modelworks.

The Straight & Narrow

Issue:
2008 #6 December
Page:
16
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

The author reports about the 2008 National Narrow Gauge Convention in Portland, Oregon. Includes several photos taken at the event.

The Straight & Narrow

Issue:
2009 #1 February
Page:
20
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

A basics article on "scale" vs. "gauge", what is narrow-gauge, how and where the various narrow gauges were used, and the history of narrow-gauge prototype railroads.

The Straight & Narrow

Issue:
2009 #2 April
Page:
18
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

This article is a review of the 24th Sn3 Symposium held in Clearwater, Florida from February 25th to the 28th. Photos of some of the narrow and standard gauge layouts that were open during the show are included.

The Straight & Narrow

Issue:
2010 #5 October
Page:
22
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

Overview of the 30th National Narrow Gauge Convention held in the St. Louis area on September 1st through 4th, 2010. Includes photos of Sn3 and Sn2 layouts and modules.

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