NASG Dispatch Articles by Steve Monson

Coupler Upgrade

Issue:
2017 #5 September
Page:
9
Category:
Couplers
Description:

The author shares a couple of examples of upgrading older S-scale models with Kadee couplers.

Easy to Build Turntable

Issue:
2017 #1 January
Page:
5
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Description:

After describing the history and fundamentals of prototype turntables, the author describes in step-by-step instructions how to build a turntable. Includes prototype photos, construction diagrams, construction photos, and a materials list. More photos can be found on page 33 of this PDF version of this issue.

Gear Replacement S Helper 2-8-0

Issue:
2017 #3 May
Page:
17
Category:
Locomotives - 2-8-0
Description:

The author describes how to replace a split/worn gear in this locomotive using a replacement part from NWSL. He also describes how to add weight to the tender, to keep if from derailing on curves that are a bit too tight for the model.

Installing DCC Sound

Issue:
2016 #3 May
Page:
12
Category:
Electronics
Description:

The author describes how he installed a Soundtraxx Econami DCC sound decoder into a Rex Suburban locomotive. Includes installation photos.

NASG Contest Winners

Issue:
1999 #5 October
Page:
8
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:

Contest results, and a detailed description of the models, from the 1999 NASG Convention, including some photos.

New Motors for Old Locomotives

Issue:
2017 #2 March
Page:
13
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:

The author examines the sources of noise in our steam locomotives, what we can do to improve their running abilities while keeping them quiet, and his conclusions after replacing and testing several motors. He used four different Rex steam locomotives for his tests.

Remote Control or Hands On?

Issue:
2017 #4 July
Page:
15
Category:
Electronics
Description:

The days of the large control panels are done. The author is building his layout with DCC and radio-frequency throttle.

Taking the Locomotive for a Night on the Town

Issue:
2016 #5 September
Page:
8
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:

The author describes a historical event that caused an NP steam locomotive to fall into the pit of a turntable. The author built a scene on his home layout to replicate the event.

The Lionel Train Game

Issue:
2017 #6 November
Page:
21
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:

A fun board game produced by Lionel in 1988, but may be found online still.

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