The author describes his Amtrak trip to the 1994 NASG Convention, and reviews the activities there. The article continues over many pages and includes lots of photos of people and models.
Photos of the temporary layout set up as part of the event.
A listing of all the winners of the contests held at the 1998 NASG Convention. Photos follow in the subsequent pages, followed by a full summary by the editor.
A report about the 1999 NASG Convention, with lots of photos.
A full report of the Convention in San Jose.
Comments and photos of the 2010 NASG Convention.
Don Heimburger is celebrating 35 years of continuous publication of the S Gaugian magazine. This article gives some background on Don.
A detailed timeline of significant events over the 50 years of the NASG.
Try a different way of setting up a Christmas train in the livingroom.
A review of the softback book which is the first American Flyer guide published by TM Books & Video, Inc.
The author replaces the 4-wheel trucks with 6-wheel ones, installed Kadee KD802 couplers, adds window shades, and installed diaghrams. Includes two model photos.
The author shares a design of an S-scale layout that could fit in a 12'x13' spare bedroom. The article provides switching suggestions, construction methods, and covers control and scenery topics.
This article presents the modular concept for the Pennsylvania Railroad's Horseshoe Curve in S-scale. Includes a proposed track plan.
The background story behind the American Models 4-6-2 locomotive, which is based on this B&O prototype. Includes drawings for the original and the 1930s version of the locomotive.
Following an explanation of the purpose of the award is a listing of those whom have won it up through 2009.
The author describes the 2013 Fall S Fest organized by the State-Line S Gaugers in Janesville, Wisconsin. There are also photos of the South Jersey S Gaugers November 2013 train show.
The reader is to identify the prototype depots shown in the 6 photos.
A product review of the construction of this kit. Includes a couple of photos.
The 37th annual Fall S Fest was held in the Milwaukee area and hosted by the Badgerland S Gaugers, with about 400-500 people attending. The show report includes photos taken at the event.
A report of the 29th annual Fall S Fest hosted by the Badgerland S Gaugers in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, area.
A brief review of the show and some photos.
Photos and a review of the 2010 Fall S Fest in Tinley Park.
A report on the show held in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Includes a number of photos of people attending the event.
Report about the show.
Ron Schlicht and Jim Starosta, members of the Badgerland S Gaugers received the award for their 6 American Flyer straight modules at the 1998 Trainfest.
The author took kits from HO- and O-scale and modified them to fit S. It is a brief photo essay, showing the models.
Photos and drawings of a two-stall outhouse.
A brief review and some photos of the event.
The ATSF caboose is labeled as "O-27", but the author claims that its dimensions scale out to S-scale nearly perfectly. The article covers how to modify the model, and includes photos.
The author introduces the article on the BC&G and why it is an excellent shortline to model in S-scale.
Consider designing in operations into the continuously-circling trains on a club's modular layout at a train show.
Commentary about the S-scale-only regional and national events.
The author proposed the idea of promoting S-scale as the "last builder's scale".
How to let go of existing, non-S equipment when switching to S-scale.
Even if your home layout is not yet finished, it can be successfully operated as long as the track work is ready.
How to deal with the argument that S-scale costs more than HO- or N-scale.
The author attended the 1997 NMRA Convention and NTS show, and shares his views on how S-scale could be involved in those national events.
The author compares S-scale's evolution to that of HO-scale, to see where S is in its growth compare to HO (and O).
What should be defined as the "standard S-scale modeling" at this point in time? Associating S-scale with A.C. Gilbert in the late 1990s makes no sense, since the company has been gone for many decades. The author proposes code 125 hi-rail as the current default definition of what S-scale is.
What should be defined as the "standard S-scale modeling" at this point in time? The author continues with last issue's discussion covering track and coupler default standards.
The author proposes the idea of creating more regions of representation with the NASG.
Would other larger model railroading manufacturers consider adding S-scale products to their product line? If so, which ones?
The author shares his thoughts on how to improve NASG Conventions.
The author shares his thoughts about the past and current state of S-scale automobiles availability.
The author describes his strong desire to collecting magazines.
The April Fools edition of the column has the author fantasizing about being an S-scale dictator telling the manufacturers which products they should produce.
The author laments the fact that a majority of recent deaths have been on the "scale" side of S. He offers ideas on how to attract more "scale" modelers to S.
The author ponders the need for more modern equipment to be available in S-scale.
The author reflects on joint NMRA/NASG conventions, conjunction conventions (at the same time but slightly different locations), and back-to-back conventions (same location, but one immediately following the other).
The author opines about what a "hi-railer" is, and how to encourage people to switch to S-scale.
The author feels that "scale" modelers are looking for a voice since the S/Sn3 Modeling Guide has ceased.
Making a case for an all-"scale"-only regional meet or convention.
Dealing with the loss of several leaders and pioneers in S-scale within the recent year or two.
The author makes the case for local clubs to consider starting a regional convention, similar to the Fall S Fest or the Spring S Spree.
Speculating on when the first S-scale plastic-bodied steam locomotive would be produced and what it might be.
The editor explains why this issues is focused on track planning for S-scale layouts.
The editor contemplates which plastic structures the major manufacturers could produce that would be of benefit to S-scale modelers, preferably ready-to-run.
The visual appeal of S-scale models becomes apparent when seen in person.
How to justify the expense of going to conventions.
Jeff reviews the, then, current state of S-scale passenger cars.
"If you sell S, you need to promote S!", is the editor's opinion, reflecting on how vendors and manufacturers might want to interact with their customer base at train shows.
The editor opines about the future of resin kits in S-scale and what might be produced next.
The editor opines on what it might take to switch from a steam-era layout to a 1970s/80s-era layout in S-scale.
Making the case for focusing on mini-scenes when building a layout.
Keeping "model" in model railroading. The hobby still requires model building.
The editor draws the distinction between two types of S-scale model railroad displays set up at train shows.
The editor discusses the various polls that are done within discussion groups to determine what modelers would like to see produced in S-scale.
The editor is observing how NASG Convention attendance might be related to the general state of the economy, as well as the number of NASG members that live in the area where the Convention is held that year.
Jesse, who had a large S-scale layout (20' x 44') modeling the Great Northern Pacific, passed away at 96. Includes a couple of photos of his layout.
The 1998 Lionel catalog announces several road names for the all-new-tooling SD40-2 locomotive. This article combines both the new engine, other engines and cars coming out, and prototype information.
Introduction to NASG president Alan Evans.
Photos taken at the show, as well as at local layouts that were open for tours.
A full report of the 2006 NASG Convention held in Pontiac, Michigan.
Photos, contest winners, and a summary of the 1996 NASG Convention in Dearborn, Michigan.
Photos and a report of the 1997 NASG Convention in Denver, CO.
The author describes the events at the Convention. Includes many photos taken at the event.
A listing of the model contest winners of the 2000 NASG Convention. Includes photos of Dick Karnes and his best-of-show model. Photos of the various models start on page 14.
A listing of the annual NASG Convention cars from 1985 through 2010.
The editor changed the title of his editorial from "Jeff's Junction" to "OS from S Tower" with this issue ("OS" stands for "On Station" indicating when a train passes a station). This editorial covers Jeff's explanation of what the NASG's BOT is responsible for.
The editor reviews the 16-page insert in the May 2011 Railroad Model Craftsman magazine featuring S-scale products and articles.
The editor is proposing the idea of creating a "Great Model Railroads" magazine that only features S-scale layouts. One such magazine would be for standard- and narrow-gauge "scale" layouts, and a second such magazine could be for A.F. and hi-rail layouts.
The author answers the question, "Why do I like the oddball scale S?" (having switched from many years in HO-scale).
What kind of modeling can one do during a period of economic recession? The author provides a list of ideas that cost little or no money.
The author captures his thoughts on how far you are willing to compromise on your layout to model the real world, and what is the definition of "good enough".
The author suggests the idea of building a modular layout entirely made out of Lionel products available today, to show the audience what can be accomplished in S-scale today.
A few photos of grain elevators.
This photo essay includes a basic drawing of the Hancock, West Virginia/Hancock, MD yard of the Baltimore & Ohio. The prototype photos are of yard track, the former passenger station at Hancock, MD, four-track signal bridge, a handcar shed, the Hancock Tower, and the old freight house.
A photo and design diagrams of this vehicular underpass.
Photos and a description of the Altoona, PA area.
A quick review of the Fall S Fest and the Indianapolis S Show.
A brief introduction to Dick Kloes' layout, with two photos. The layout was open as part of the 2000 Fall S Fest.
The author reviews the 2-3/8"-wide, 36"-long cork roadbed material sold by Scenery Unlimited.
The author describes and shares photos of the Trainfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin held in November 2013.
Various rough sketches are provided to give ideas on general track designs one could use in a bedroom, garage, or basement.
The author presents an S-scale version of an O-scale track plan originally published by Model Railroader magazine in the 1940s.
Jeff took an O-scale layout built by Frank Smith of New Jersey in the 1930s, updated the design, and scaled it to fit a 15' by 33' S-scale layout. It is an around-the-walls design intended for a basement. It looks like a point-to-point design, but a single hidden track connects the two ends to allow for continuous running.
The author revisits a design published in 2007 that is currently being implemented with some minor modifications. It is a twice-around loop with yard facilities spread out across two peninsulas.
S-Helper Service has announced the F3 project, and this article provides some prototype details, planned first-run road names, and prices.
Many photos taken during the 2010 NASG Convention.
Photos taken at this year's Spree.
The author attends the Spring S Spree in Strongsville, Ohio, put on by the Cuyahoga Valley S Gauge Association. Includes several photos of Randy Sappo's structures, Josh Seltzer and his layout, and Jim Zborowski's layout.
The author proposes ideas that can help you move from the collecting stage to the actual narrowing-down of items that you will really use on your "dream" layout.
The author describes all aspects of the convention held from August 4 to 8, 2009 in St. Louis. There were just under 200 in attendance, but there was lots of interesting things to do. Includes photos of those in attendance, layouts on the tour, and clinics held.
A review of the show, and several pages of photos taken at the event.
Is Sn3 able to compete with the other scales' narrow-gauges? The author describes what happened with Bachmann introducing their On30 product line.
An interview with Ertl's Product Manager James Willey about their 1:64 product line.
The author visits with Lionel and interviews the company's Steve Saxton and Carl Crosier about the future of S-scale products at Lionel.
The hypothetical design and construction of a 12'x13' layout. Includes a track plan.
A condensed version of the Ertl hand-out capturing the company's history. Also includes a page of photos of the latest 1:64 Ertl items in 1994.
The track plan included with this article shows an S-scale layout designed for a 12' x 13'6" spare bedroom, and thoughts on how to build it.
History and information about roadside diners, and how to model them in S-scale. Includes one prototype photo, two model photos, and a thorough listing of diners in the Worchester, MA area.
The author continues his updates on his Elk & Gauley layout, with completing a loop of track to run trains, and installing various bridges.
Jeff continues his layout construction article, this time covering building sectional benchwork, and evaluating the earlier track plan. Includes construction photos, and track plan drawing.
Jeff continues his central West Virginia layout construction project, covering foam hills, bridges, and tunnels. Includes several under-construction photos.
Using two standard modules with some temporary track to be able to model an L-shaped switching layout.
Small prototype photos and a track plan for the layout of a coal dealer positioned in a triangle.
A Flyer Fest is not a conventional train show, but rather a gathering of people at a host's home, where hundreds of feet of A.F. and A.F.-compatible track is placed on the floor with trains operating. The article includes many photos from the 1993 event. The article describes the history of the event. The track plan of the 1993 event is included (two pages), which was held at Mike Schafer's house.
Jeff conducts an interview with Ed Loizeaux about the 2011 convention. Convention photos are found on page 15.
Copyright © 2018 NASG, Inc.; all rights reserved