NASG Dispatch Articles by Robert Nicholson

A Glimpse of the "S" Roster of Iowan Bob Nicholson

Issue:
1994 #1 February
Page:
20
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:

Photos, and a brief description with each, of the models found on the author's layout.

Bashing Atlas HO Switches to S

Issue:
1994 #3 June
Page:
34
Category:
Track
Description:

A couple of photos of how the author cuts award a commercial turnout and adjusts the gauge to fit S-scale.

Convert Atlas HO Scale Customline Switches to S

Issue:
2013 #2 April
Page:
26
Category:
Track
Description:

The author describes his process of taking Atlas HO-scale commercial turnouts and converting them to work in S-scale.

Illinois Central's Iowa Division Type "C" Depots

Issue:
1997 #1 February
Page:
20
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Description:

Type C depots were for communities that no longer had an assigned railroad agent. They were only slightly bigger than a shed. Includes several prototype photos and drawings.

Meet an S Gauger

Issue:
1994 #1 February
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:

Bob introduces himself as a real railroader, model press author, and owner of the well-known (fictitious) SHABBONA railroad.

Minor Adjustments: Fixing the American Models Passenger Trucks

Issue:
1984 #4 Fall
Page:
12
Category:
Passenger Cars
Description:

The early-production streamlined passenger car trucks from AM showed a tendency to fall apart. This article describes how to fix that.

More on Re-gauging Atlas HO Switches

Issue:
1996 #1 February
Page:
20
Category:
Track
Description:

The author does a follow-up article to his 1994 article, answering questions, and showing more detailed photos.

Proto-View

Issue:
1999 #3 June
Page:
16
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:

Photos and a description of the grain elevators of Linn County Co-op in Alburnett, IA.

Replacing Coupler Springs

Issue:
2015 #3 May
Page:
14
Category:
Couplers
Description:

The author describes how he replaces the springs in Kadee and Walthers Protomax couplers, with replacement springs from Kadee, and tricks on how to safely install them without flying off somewhere.

Shabbona Railroad Gets A Turntable

Issue:
2011 #3 June
Page:
8
Category:
Layout Construction
Description:

Drawing on his experience dealing with real-world turntables, the author modifies his HO-scale Heljan turntable kit to operate smoothly on his S-scale layout. Includes many close-up photos of the work done to the table.

Tales From The Rails

Issue:
2014 #2 April
Page:
10
Category:
Railroading Stories
Description:

"Willie's New Boots". A story about Willie having bought boots too small, but too proud to admit it to his co-workers.

Tales from the Rails

Issue:
2015 #2 March
Page:
10
Category:
Railroading Stories
Description:

A story about the M.O.W. ballast train of which the author was the conductor.

Tales from the Rails

Issue:
2015 #4 July
Page:
19
Category:
Railroading
Description:

The author tells the story of the Great Blizzard of 1978.

Tales from the Rails

Issue:
2015 #6 November
Page:
26
Category:
Railroading
Description:

Stories about Harry Roland, a locomotive engineer for the AT&SF.

The Lowell & Southern Railroad

Issue:
2011 #5 October
Page:
22
Category:
Layout Design
Description:

The idea and trackplan for the S-scale layout is based on a slightly-modified version of the real 5-mile shortline near Lowell, Illinois. Using a GE 44-tonner as the locomotive, the author describes operation, and the types of equipment that could be used on such a layout.

The New Man

Issue:
2014 #6 November
Page:
18
Category:
Railroading Stories
Description:

The author describes his first day on the job at the Santa Fe Railroad in Illinois.

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