NASG Dispatch Articles by Jeff Madden

1994 NASG Columbia River Convention Summary

Issue:
1994 #5 October
Page:
6
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

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.

1994-5 Flyer Fest

Issue:
1995 #1 February
Page:
17
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

Photos of the temporary layout set up as part of the event.

1998 NASG Model Contest Results

Issue:
1998 #5 October
Page:
8
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

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.

1999 Convention Report

Issue:
1999 #5 October
Page:
10
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

A report about the 1999 NASG Convention, with lots of photos.

2000 NASG Convention Report

Issue:
2000 #5 October
Page:
9
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

A full report of the Convention in San Jose.

2001 Convention Report

Issue:
2001 #5 October
Page:
10
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

A full report along with photos of the 2001 NASG Convention in Scranton, PA.

2002 Convention Report

Issue:
2002 #5 October
Page:
10
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

The article covers the events at the 2002 NASG Convention. The preceding page and the pages of the article itself have lots of photos taken at the event.

2002 Fall S Fest Roundup

Issue:
2002 #6 December
Page:
19
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

A handful of photos with captions.

2010 Duluth Convention Report

Issue:
2010 #5 October
Page:
9
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

Comments and photos of the 2010 NASG Convention.

35 Years for the S Gaugian

Issue:
1997 #2 April
Page:
12
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Description:

Don Heimburger is celebrating 35 years of continuous publication of the S Gaugian magazine. This article gives some background on Don.

50th Anniversary NASG Timeline

Issue:
2010 #6 December
Page:
20
Category:
Model Railroad History
Description:

A detailed timeline of significant events over the 50 years of the NASG.

A Colorful Fall S Fest

Issue:
2001 #6 December
Page:
17
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

A few photos taken at the 2001 Fall S Fest.

A Little More on Russell Morris Mobley

Issue:
2001 #6 December
Page:
20
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:

A brief history of Russ, and more information about the new Russel M. Mobley Memorial Library, with a listing of what is available.

A New Twist On...

Issue:
1993 #6 December
Page:
18
Category:
Layout Design
Description:

Try a different way of setting up a Christmas train in the livingroom.

American Flyer S Gauge 1946-2000 Illustrated Price Guide and History

Issue:
2000 #6 December
Page:
9
Category:
Product Review
Description:

A review of the softbound book which is the first American Flyer guide published by TM Books & Video, Inc.

American Models Heavyweight Coach

Issue:
2000 #6 December
Page:
26
Category:
Passenger Cars
Description:

The author replaces the 4-wheel trucks with 6-wheel ones, installed Kadee KD802 couplers, adds window shades, and installed diaphragm. Includes two model photos.

An S-Plan

Issue:
1994 #2 April
Page:
20
Category:
Layout Design
Description:

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.

An S-Plan

Issue:
1995 #2 April
Page:
10
Category:
Layout Design
Description:

This article presents the modular concept for the Pennsylvania Railroad's Horseshoe Curve in S-scale. Includes a proposed track plan.

Awards Banquet

Issue:
2012 #5 October
Page:
26
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

Photos of those who received awards at the 2012 NASG Convention.

B&O President Class P7 Pacifics Plans

Issue:
1997 #6 December
Page:
12
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:

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.

Back to Diner Heaven

Issue:
2008 #1 February
Page:
22
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

Diners to be found near the 2008 NASG Convention location.

Bernie Thomas Memorial Award Update

Issue:
2010 #3 June
Page:
28
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:

Following an explanation of the purpose of the award is a listing of those whom have won it up through 2009.

Blue Ridge "S"calers Hold First Meeting

Issue:
2008 #3 June
Page:
25
Category:
Model Railroad Clubs
Description:

A group of North Carolina and Tennessee S-scale modelers get together for a day to discuss the idea of becoming a club. An S-scale modular layout was set up and clinics were offered. Thirty people attended. Includes several photos of attendees.

Branch Lines

Issue:
2014 #1 February
Page:
20
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

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.

Chattanooga Convention Report

Issue:
2012 #5 October
Page:
9
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

A detailed report with plenty of photos of the 2012 NASG Convention. Also includes Jay Mellon's vendor report.

Depot Quiz

Issue:
1996 #3 June
Page:
9
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Description:

The reader is to identify the prototype depots shown in the 6 photos.

Depots by John Garage/Trackside MOW Building

Issue:
1997 #3 June
Page:
20
Category:
Structures - Homes
Description:

A product review of the construction of this kit. Includes a couple of photos.

Erv Rahr's Layout Plan

Issue:
2008 #3 June
Page:
24
Category:
Layout Design
Description:

Erv Rahr sent in his proposed track plan, and Jeff offers his design ideas to improve the plan.

Fall 'S' Fest Report

Issue:
2012 #6 December
Page:
19
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

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.

Fall S Fest 2004

Issue:
2004 #6 December
Page:
14
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

A report of the 29th annual Fall S Fest hosted by the Badgerland S Gaugers in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, area.

Fall S Fest 2011 St. Louis MO

Issue:
2011 #6 December
Page:
27
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

The author reports on the activities of this event.

Fall S Fest Report

Issue:
2009 #6 December
Page:
14
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

A brief review of the show and some photos.

Fall S Fest Report - 2010

Issue:
2010 #6 December
Page:
19
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

Photos and a review of the 2010 Fall S Fest in Tinley Park.

Fall S Fest... Records Broken; Founders Honored

Issue:
2000 #6 December
Page:
11
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

A report on the show held in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Includes a number of photos of people attending the event.

First Michigan Spree a Success

Issue:
2010 #3 June
Page:
14
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

Report about the show.

Flyer Modules Win Award at Milwaukee Trainfest

Issue:
1998 #6 December
Page:
15
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

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.

FlyerFest 2001-2002

Issue:
2002 #1 February
Page:
8
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

After a brief introduction to this informal event, the author describes what happened at Phil Moser's home with nearly 950 feet of AF track laid down. Includes a couple of photos taken at the event, as well as a rough track plan spanning almost the entire house.

Four Easy Kitbashes from Other Gauges

Issue:
1998 #3 June
Page:
19
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:

The author took kits from HO- and O-scale and modified them to fit S. It is a brief photo essay, showing the models.

Gardners, PA (Reading) 2-hole Outhouse

Issue:
1994 #6 December
Page:
15
Category:
Structures - Track-side Details
Description:

Photos and drawings of a two-stall outhouse.

Hi-rail Layout of Steve Lunde

Issue:
2003 #2 April
Page:
14
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:

Photos of Steve's 12'x23' layout which is open during the 2003 NASG Convention. Includes a track plan.

Holy "S" Batman!! 520 Register for 1997 Fall S-Fest

Issue:
1998 #1 February
Page:
22
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

A brief review and some photos of the event.

Industrial Rail S Caboose

Issue:
2000 #2 April
Page:
16
Category:
Cabooses
Description:

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.

Introduction to This Is S

Issue:
2012 #4 August
Page:
2
Category:
Model Railroad Magazines
Description:

This is the first special issue, where the annual Membership Directory is replaced with a special edition of the NASG Dispatch.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
1995 #3 June
Page:
5
Category:
Layout Design
Description:

The author introduces the article on the BC&G and why it is an excellent shortline to model in S-scale.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
1996 #3 June
Page:
5
Category:
Modules
Description:

Consider designing in operations into the continuously-circling trains on a club's modular layout at a train show.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
1996 #5 October
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

Commentary about the S-scale-only regional and national events.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
1996 #6 December
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Description:

The author proposed the idea of promoting S-scale as the "last builder's scale".

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
1997 #1 February
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:

How to let go of existing, non-S equipment when switching to S-scale.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
1997 #2 April
Page:
5
Category:
Operations
Description:

Even if your home layout is not yet finished, it can be successfully operated as long as the track work is ready.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
1997 #3 June
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:

How to deal with the argument that S-scale costs more than HO- or N-scale.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
1997 #5 October
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

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.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
1997 #6 December
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad History
Description:

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).

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
1998 #1 February
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Description:

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.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
1998 #2 April
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Description:

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.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
1998 #3 June
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Organizations
Description:

The author proposes the idea of creating more regions of representation with the NASG.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
1998 #4 August
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Description:

Would other larger model railroading manufacturers consider adding S-scale products to their product line? If so, which ones?

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
1998 #5 October
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

The author shares his thoughts on how to improve NASG Conventions.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
1998 #6 December
Page:
5
Category:
Scenery - Vehicles
Description:

The author shares his thoughts about the past and current state of S-scale automobiles availability.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
1999 #1 February
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Magazines
Description:

The author describes his strong desire to collecting magazines.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
1999 #2 April
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Description:

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.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
1999 #3 June
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:

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.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
1999 #4 August
Page:
6
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Description:

The author ponders the need for more modern equipment to be available in S-scale.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
1999 #5 October
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

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).

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
1999 #6 December
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:

The author opines about what a "hi-railer" is, and how to encourage people to switch to S-scale.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2000 #2 April
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:

The author feels that "scale" modelers are looking for a voice since the S/Sn3 Modeling Guide has ceased.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2000 #3 June
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:

Making a case for an all-"scale"-only regional meet or convention.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2000 #4 August
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:

Dealing with the loss of several leaders and pioneers in S-scale within the recent year or two.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2000 #5 October
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

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.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2000 #6 December
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Description:

Speculating on when the first S-scale plastic-bodied steam locomotive would be produced and what it might be.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2001 #1 February
Page:
5
Category:
Track
Description:

What to consider when deciding what your minimum radius should be for your layout?

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2001 #2 April
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Description:

Getting enough seed money to make an S-scale project a "go".

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2001 #3 June
Page:
5
Category:
Layout Design
Description:

For those who just switched to S-scale, here is a reality-check, and a prioritized list of how to go about getting started in designing and building a layout in S-scale.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2001 #4 August
Page:
6
Category:
Modules
Description:

The author lists the handful of truly portable S-scale layouts that are around, and suggests that the new NASG President, Roy Hoffman, spends some effort at trying to get other groups or individuals to build portable layout.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2001 #5 October
Page:
6
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

The issue of joint versus stand-alone NASG Conventions is discussed in this column, supplemented by comments by Josh Seltzer on the issue. The problem is that joint conventions aren't as well attended by S-scale modelers as when the convention is a stand-alone one.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2001 #6 December
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:

The World's Greatest Hobby show is explained, and who their target audience is.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2002 #1 February
Page:
5
Category:
Operations
Description:

The hobby of model railroading is a game, the author proposes.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2002 #2 April
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Terminology
Description:

What is the definition of "modern" when it comes to the era of modeling that one engages in? The author proposed anything 1975 and newer.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2002 #3 June
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:

The author offers up ideas for bringing more narrow-gauge modelers into the NASG.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2002 #4 August
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Description:

Consider the idea of quality over quantity, e.g. building a smaller layout, especially if you are new to S-scale.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2002 #5 October
Page:
5
Category:
Structures
Description:

The author is making a case for manufacturers to start producing S-scale plastic structure kits.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2002 #6 December
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Description:

The idea of introducing both idealism and humor into our model railroads.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2003 #1 February
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Description:

The author describes the "pros" for modeling the transition era, and the "pros" for modeling the modern era, and answers the question of whether the transition era is still #1.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2003 #2 April
Page:
5
Category:
Layout Design
Description:

Using the rough lengths of a 10-car train in S-scale, one can figure what will and what won't fit in a layout space before beginning the benchwork.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2003 #3 June
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Clubs
Description:

The author describes the S-scale activities taking place in Canada, Canadian prototype railroading, and S-scale manufacturers making products for Canadian railroad modeling.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2003 #4 August
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:

Since Tony Koester announced tearing down his "Allegheny Midland" HO-scale layout, the author is considering the idea of others following suit, and perhaps entertaining the idea of a larger scale as they age.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2003 #5 October
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

Celebrating his 10th year as editor of this magazine, the author reflects how to got "roped" into becoming an S-scale modeler. The column continues with a review of the 2003 NASG Convention, of which he was a co-chair.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2003 #6 December
Page:
5
Category:
Layout Design
Description:

The author makes the case that good track planning is a skillset lacking in the world of S-scale modeling. He lists some good designs, why some designs are bad, and tips on how to improve a design.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2004 #1 February
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Organizations
Description:

How S-scale is represented (or not) in the various prototype railroad historical societies, and how we can change that.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2004 #2 April
Page:
5
Category:
Layout Design
Description:

How to decide which prototype railroad to model in your layout.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2004 #3 June
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Description:

In general, S-scale manufacturers have been cognizant of each others' products, so as to avoid duplication-of-effort. However, this column points out a few exceptions. He continues by mentioning the product types that he thinks are best for brass production and those best for plastic models.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2004 #5 October
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Retailers
Description:

The author reflects on where he has been buying his S-scale products (at S-specific train shows).

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2004 #6 December
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:

The author makes the point that he is seeing people re-enter the hobby in S-scale, slowly gravitating more and more toward the "scale" side of the hobby, and putting AF products on the shelves.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2005 #1 February
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:

Dealing with the reality that will loose some modelers to the other scales, and how we should be upfront about the challenges that exist in modeling in S-scale.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2005 #2 April
Page:
5
Category:
Modules
Description:

The author compares the S-MOD standard modular layouts to the new Free-mo standard S-scale layouts.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2005 #3 June
Page:
5
Category:
Layout Design
Description:

The editor explains why this issues is focused on track planning for S-scale layouts.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2005 #6 December
Page:
5
Category:
Passenger Trains
Description:

The author admits that it is passenger trains that got him into model railroading and has kept him there, regardless of chosen scale. He also recommends a number of specific cars that S-scale manufacturers should consider producing.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2006 #1 February
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Clubs
Description:

The author wonders if there are any permanent S-scale club layouts in existence (layouts that are set-up year-round).

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2006 #2 April
Page:
5
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Description:

The author suggests the styrene bridges, especially non-craftsman style ones, would be a good addition to S-scale.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2006 #5 October
Page:
5
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Description:

The editor contemplates which plastic structures the major manufacturers could produce that would be of benefit to S-scale modelers, preferably ready-to-run.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2006 #6 December
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Description:

The visual appeal of S-scale models becomes apparent when seen in person.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2007 #1 February
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Description:

The author answers the question: Is S-scale still a scrounger scale? With Lionel and American Models much more is available.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2007 #2 April
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Description:

Why do we procrastinate working on our model railroading projects?

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2007 #3 June
Page:
5
Category:
Scenery - Vehicles
Description:

Are 1:64 vehicles truly to scale, and why don't manufacturers simply make them exactly 1:64 scale?

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2007 #4 August
Page:
6
Category:
Model Railroad Clubs
Description:

Where can we find the active pockets of S-scale modelers?

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2007 #5 October
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Description:

The author is making the point that manufacturers should list structure dimensions, rolling stock built dates, paint scheme eras, etc.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2007 #6 December
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Description:

What first drew the author to model railroading was advertisements of products shown on a real layout. He wonders why more manufacturers don't do ads like that.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2008 #1 February
Page:
5
Category:
Structures
Description:

Considering adding animation, such as movement, lights, and sounds to your structures.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2008 #2 April
Page:
5
Category:
Layout Design
Description:

The author urges everyone to start considering getting away from the 4'x8' layout and the extremely-tight curves that such a shape requires in S-scale. He makes the point that even HO-scale modelers no longer use that default layout style.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2008 #3 June
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Description:

The author adds some of his items to a Christmas-in-July wish-list.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2008 #4 August
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:

The author adds some of his items to a Christmas-in-July wish-list.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2008 #5 October
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:

The various types of newcomers to S-scale and how to best help them get started in S.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2008 #6 December
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:

Instead of calling 1:64 modeling, "S-scale", the author continues to complicate matters with all the various sub-divisions that for some reason must always be specified. No other scale does this.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2009 #1 February
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

How to justify the expense of going to conventions.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2009 #2 April
Page:
5
Category:
Passenger Cars
Description:

Jeff reviews the, then, current state of S-scale passenger cars.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2009 #3 June
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Magazines
Description:

What will be the future of S-scale magazines? Will there be a downloadable, online-only one that can be sustained?

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2009 #4 August
Page:
7
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Description:

How do we go about promoting S-scale to the hi-rail modelers?

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2009 #6 December
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Description:

"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.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2010 #1 February
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Description:

The editor opines about the future of resin kits in S-scale and what might be produced next.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2010 #2 April
Page:
5
Category:
Layout Design
Description:

The editor opines on what it might take to switch from a steam-era layout to a 1970s/80s-era layout in S-scale.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2010 #3 June
Page:
5
Category:
Scenery
Description:

Making the case for focusing on mini-scenes when building a layout.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2010 #4 August
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Organizations
Description:

The NASG is 50 and the NMRA is 75 this year. This article recalls some of their history.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2010 #5 October
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Description:

Keeping "model" in model railroading. The hobby still requires model building.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2010 #6 December
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

The editor draws the distinction between two types of S-scale model railroad displays set up at train shows.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2011 #1 February
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Description:

The editor discusses the various polls that are done within discussion groups to determine what modelers would like to see produced in S-scale.

Jeff's Junctions

Issue:
2009 #5 October
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

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.

Kitbash That Tombstone Courthouse

Issue:
2004 #2 April
Page:
14
Category:
Structures - Towns/Cities
Description:

The author describes how he kitbashed the HO-scale Heljan/ConCor courthouse kit into an S-scale version. Includes photos of the completed model.

Last Run

Issue:
2003 #2 April
Page:
10
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:

Various people providing commentary on the passing of Josh Seltzer. Includes a couple of photos of him, his equipment, his layout, and his company's ads.

Last Run: Jesse Bennett

Issue:
2010 #6 December
Page:
8
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:

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.

Lionel LLC Introduces First New Flyer Loco! SD40- 2

Issue:
1998 #1 February
Page:
7
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:

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.

Lowell Convention Report

Issue:
2008 #5 October
Page:
9
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

A detailed report with photos of the 2008 NASG Convention. It is followed by pages of photos of attendees, award winners, and the contest models.

Meet An S Gauger

Issue:
1996 #3 June
Page:
22
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:

Introduction to NASG president Alan Evans.

Milwaukee Trainfest 2012

Issue:
2012 #6 December
Page:
17
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

Photos taken at the show, as well as at local layouts that were open for tours.

NASG 2003 Convention Report

Issue:
2003 #5 October
Page:
9
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

Thorough review of the event, with lots of photos of people and models.

NASG 2004 Convention Report

Issue:
2004 #5 October
Page:
9
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

A report of the events that took place at the 2004 NASG Convention. Includes many photos.

NASG 2005 Convention Report - Now and Then

Issue:
2005 #5 October
Page:
9
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

A review of all the activities that took place at the Convention, followed by many pages of photos of models, layouts, and people.

NASG 2006 Convention Report

Issue:
2006 #5 October
Page:
8
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

A full report of the 2006 NASG Convention held in Pontiac, Michigan.

NASG 2007 Convention Report

Issue:
2007 #5 October
Page:
9
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

A detailed report about the 2007 NASG Convention in Baltimore, MD.

NASG Annual Convention

Issue:
1996 #5 October
Page:
10
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

Photos, contest winners, and a summary of the 1996 NASG Convention in Dearborn, Michigan.

NASG Annual Convention

Issue:
1997 #5 October
Page:
8
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

Photos and a report of the 1997 NASG Convention in Denver, CO.

NASG Annual Convention -Horseshoe Curve 1995-

Issue:
1995 #5 October
Page:
9
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

The author describes the events at the Convention. Includes many photos taken at the event.

NASG Contest Awards

Issue:
2000 #5 October
Page:
8
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

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.

NASG Convention Cars

Issue:
2010 #3 June
Page:
30
Category:
Freight Cars
Description:

A listing of the annual NASG Convention cars from 1985 through 2010.

New at the Spree

Issue:
2003 #3 June
Page:
16
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

A page of photos of new products taken at the 2003 Spring S Spree.

OS from S Tower

Issue:
2011 #2 April
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:

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.

OS from S Tower

Issue:
2011 #3 June
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Magazines
Description:

The editor reviews the 16-page insert in the May 2011 Railroad Model Craftsman magazine featuring S-scale products and articles.

OS from S Tower

Issue:
2011 #4 August
Page:
7
Category:
Model Railroad Magazines
Description:

S-scale coverage in the annual magazines that Kalmbach produces, and how we could contribute more S-related articles to those issues.

OS from S Tower

Issue:
2011 #5 October
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Magazines
Description:

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.

OS from S Tower

Issue:
2011 #6 December
Page:
5
Category:
Structures
Description:

Although a number of craftsman-style kits are available in S, the author proposes that cheaper plastic kits, similar to Walther's HO-scale Cornerstone ones, are needed in S-scale.

OS from S Tower

Issue:
2012 #1 February
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

The author revisits the merit of joint NMRA/NASG conventions vs. stand-alone ones, making arguments for both.

OS from S Tower

Issue:
2012 #2 April
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Description:

The author reviews the 2012 Lionel catalog.

OS from S Tower

Issue:
2012 #3 June
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Organizations
Description:

This column is devoted to thanking all the individuals who have helped the Dispatch be what it is today.

OS from S Tower

Issue:
2012 #5 October
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Organizations
Description:

The author makes the point that, within S-scale, the "hi-rail" modelers have the numbers of the "scale" modelers.

OS from S Tower

Issue:
2012 #6 December
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Description:

The author answers the question, "Why do I like the oddball scale S?" (having switched from many years in HO-scale).

OS from S Tower

Issue:
2013 #3 June
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Description:

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.

OS from S Tower

Issue:
2014 #1 February
Page:
11
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Description:

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".

OS From S Tower

Issue:
2014 #2 April
Page:
6
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:

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.

Proto-View

Issue:
2009 #3 June
Page:
10
Category:
Layout Design
Description:

The author suggests the Winfield Railroad as a shortline that could be modeled in S-scale. It covers the purpose of the railroad, what kinds of equipment it used, and it includes prototype photos and a suggested track plan.

Proto-View Midwest Grain Elevator

Issue:
1998 #1 February
Page:
23
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:

A few photos of grain elevators.

Prototype View - Hancock Yard

Issue:
2009 #2 April
Page:
10
Category:
Structures - Track-side Details
Description:

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.

PRR Highway Underpass at Cresson, PA

Issue:
1996 #5 October
Page:
38
Category:
Structures - Tunnels
Description:

A photo and design diagrams of this vehicular underpass.

Railfanning The Altoona Area

Issue:
1995 #2 April
Page:
12
Category:
Railroading
Description:

Photos and a description of the Altoona, PA area.

Recent S Meets

Issue:
2006 #6 December
Page:
13
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

A quick review of the Fall S Fest and the Indianapolis S Show.

Rockhill Furnace Sand House

Issue:
2002 #3 June
Page:
14
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:

Photos and drawings.

Root River & Southern

Issue:
2000 #6 December
Page:
21
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:

A brief introduction to Dick Kloes' layout, with two photos. The layout was open as part of the 2000 Fall S Fest.

S Cork Roadbed From Scenery Unlimited

Issue:
1998 #2 April
Page:
22
Category:
Product Review
Description:

The author reviews the 2-3/8"-wide, 36"-long cork roadbed material sold by Scenery Unlimited.

S Gaugers at Trainfest

Issue:
2014 #1 February
Page:
21
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

The author describes and shares photos of the Trainfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin held in November 2013.

S Track Planning Part 1

Issue:
2005 #3 June
Page:
8
Category:
Layout Design
Description:

Various rough sketches are provided to give ideas on general track designs one could use in a bedroom, garage, or basement.

S Track Planning

Issue:
2006 #1 February
Page:
17
Category:
Layout Design
Description:

How to integrate industries that have a purpose into your layout's design. Several track plans for switching areas are included in the article.

S Track Planning Part V

Issue:
2008 #6 December
Page:
21
Category:
Layout Design
Description:

The author shares a track plan converted to S-scale of an O-scale layout by draftsman J. Harold Geissel published in the August, 1939 Model Railroader.

S Track Planning Part VI

Issue:
2009 #1 February
Page:
19
Category:
Layout Design
Description:

The author presents an S-scale version of an O-scale track plan originally published by Model Railroader magazine in the 1940s.

S Track Planning Part VII

Issue:
2009 #2 April
Page:
21
Category:
Layout Design
Description:

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.

S Track Planning Part VIII

Issue:
2010 #3 June
Page:
12
Category:
Layout Design
Description:

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 to Do F3 A&B

Issue:
1998 #3 June
Page:
18
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Description:

S-Helper Service has announced the F3 project, and this article provides some prototype details, planned first-run road names, and prices.

S-Pikes at the Convention

Issue:
2010 #5 October
Page:
17
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

Many photos taken during the 2010 NASG Convention.

S-pikes at the Spree

Issue:
2010 #3 June
Page:
16
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

Photos taken at this year's Spree.

Saltillo Water Tank

Issue:
2002 #3 June
Page:
15
Category:
Structures - Track-side Details
Description:

Photos and drawings.

Sappo Display Highlights This Year's Spring S Spree

Issue:
2000 #3 June
Page:
22
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

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.

Single Era-Area Modeling - A Planning Decision

Issue:
1993 #6 December
Page:
24
Category:
Layout Design
Description:

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.

Spring S Spree 2007 Report

Issue:
2007 #3 June
Page:
20
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

A full report of the event, including several photos of attendees, layouts, and models.

St. Louis Convention Report

Issue:
2009 #5 October
Page:
8
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

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.

St. Louis Fall S Fest Another Whopper?

Issue:
1999 #6 December
Page:
10
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

A review of the show, and several pages of photos taken at the event.

Straight & Narrow

Issue:
2010 #6 December
Page:
22
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Description:

Is Sn3 able to compete with the other scales' narrow-gauges? The author describes what happened with Bachmann introducing their On30 product line.

Take the Road to Milwaukee

Issue:
2008 #3 June
Page:
27
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

A preview of what can be expected at this year's Fall S Fest.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
2003 #2 April
Page:
20
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

A report about the NASG's booth at the Sn3 Symposium in St. Louis.

The Dispatch Visits Ertl

Issue:
1994 #6 December
Page:
16
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Description:

An interview with Ertl's Product Manager James Willey about their 1:64 product line.

The Dispatch Visits Lionel

Issue:
1994 #3 June
Page:
23
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Description:

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 Eastport & Highland

Issue:
1996 #6 December
Page:
19
Category:
Layout Design
Description:

The hypothetical design and construction of a 12'x13' layout. Includes a track plan.

The Ertl Company

Issue:
1994 #6 December
Page:
18
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Description:

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 Great "S" Show On Earth

Issue:
2003 #1 February
Page:
8
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

This article covers the information about the upcoming 2003 NASG Convention in Oconomowoc, WI. Includes prototype photos of area activities, and model photos of layouts open for tours.

The Great "S" Show On Earth

Issue:
2003 #2 April
Page:
8
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

This article covers the planned schedule for the 2003 NASG Convention.

The Pine Creek Railroad

Issue:
1999 #1 February
Page:
13
Category:
Layout Design
Description:

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.

The Roadside Diner

Issue:
1998 #2 April
Page:
10
Category:
Structures - Towns/Cities
Description:

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 Straight & Narrow

Issue:
2004 #3 June
Page:
8
Category:
Layout Design
Description:

The author continues his layout design ideas for an East Broad Top-based Sn3 layout (see June 2002 Dispatch). Includes a map, several prototype photos, and several track plans.

This Time - It's S Scale! Chapter I

Issue:
2004 #5 October
Page:
24
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:

This article has the author describing how he got into S-scale when he was approached about becoming the Dispatch editor, and saw all the products available in S. Also includes preparing the basement, coming up with a track plan design, and deciding upon which railroad to model. Includes several track plan designs.

This Time It's 'S' Part V

Issue:
2012 #6 December
Page:
12
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:

The author continues his updates on his Elk & Gauley layout, with completing a loop of track to run trains, and installing various bridges.

This Time It's S Chapter II

Issue:
2004 #6 December
Page:
18
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:

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.

This Time It's S Chapter III

Issue:
2005 #1 February
Page:
13
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:

The author now tackles the issue of building an S-scale equipment roster for his planned layout. Also covers structures, track, and electronics.

This Time It's S Chapter IV

Issue:
2005 #2 April
Page:
18
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:

The author describes how the model railroading greats influenced his approach to the hobby. When switching to S-scale, he had to become familiar with the mainstays of S, such as Frank Titman and Sam Powell.

This Time It's S Chapter IV

Issue:
2010 #2 April
Page:
10
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:

Jeff continues his central West Virginia layout construction project, covering foam hills, bridges, and tunnels. Includes several under-construction photos.

Track Planning Part III

Issue:
2007 #1 February
Page:
13
Category:
Layout Design
Description:

The author shares a track plan he enhanced for Luther Stephens that measures 15'x22'.

Track Planning Part IV

Issue:
2007 #3 June
Page:
12
Category:
Layout Design
Description:

The author takes an HO-scale plan and converts it to a 20'x14' S-scale version. He provides a description of what could be used to implement it in S-scale.

Track Planning in S Part VIII

Issue:
2011 #1 February
Page:
22
Category:
Track
Description:

Using two standard modules with some temporary track to be able to model an L-shaped switching layout.

Triangle-Shaped Coal Dealer

Issue:
1996 #1 February
Page:
11
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:

Small prototype photos and a track plan for the layout of a coal dealer positioned in a triangle.

What is A Flyer Fest?

Issue:
1994 #6 December
Page:
6
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

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.

X2011

Issue:
2010 #6 December
Page:
10
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

Jeff conducts an interview with Ed Loizeaux about the 2011 convention. Convention photos are found on page 15.

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