NASG Dispatch Articles: Layout Construction

A Hump Yard for the Sacramento Division Part II

Issue:
2000 #2 April
Page:
8
Authors:
Vic Cherven, Jr. & Vic Cherven, Sr.
Description:

The previous article covered the hump yard's design. This installment covers the actual construction, which includes hand-laid track.

A Hump Yard for the Sacramento Division Part III

Issue:
2000 #3 June
Page:
28
Authors:
Vic Cherven, Jr. & Vic Cherven, Sr.
Description:

Construction of the hump yard continues with applying ballast, doing the electrical work, testing turnouts, adding retaining walls, adding structures, and describing what the future plans are.

Modeling Elevated Rail Lines

Issue:
1993 #2 April
Page:
10
Author:
Mike Palmiter
Description:

Elevating ones layout track can expand the available modeling space. The author shows examples on his and other's layouts.

S Tracks

Issue:
2006 #2 April
Page:
13
Author:
Sam Powell
Description:

The author is starting a new column in the Dispatch discussing what it takes to get a layout built and running. In this column he starts off with handling all of the common complaints.

S Tracks

Issue:
2007 #1 February
Page:
14
Author:
Sam Powell
Description:

The author shares a letter he got that describes how the modeler got out of his comfort zone, to tackle layout construction. They are part of a round-robin group, the organization of which is discussed in this article. Photos of the author's layout are included in the next several pages following this article.

S Tracks

Issue:
2007 #2 April
Page:
12
Author:
Sam Powell
Description:

How to transcribe the track plan design to the actual layout space. Also covers how to build table-top sections.

S Tracks

Issue:
2007 #3 June
Page:
22
Author:
Sam Powell
Description:

Scenic curves can either be mathematically planned, or can just be put in position until the layout builder likes its position. Either approach is acceptable. The author mentioned that actual construction always differs from detailed planning.

S Tracks

Issue:
2007 #5 October
Page:
36
Author:
Sam Powell
Description:

Why are we drawn to buying locomotives and cars, but not structures?

S Tracks

Issue:
2007 #6 December
Page:
24
Author:
Sam Powell
Description:

The author makes the case for incorporating grades in your layout. Includes information about how to calculate a grade and how to deal with the vertical transitions.

S Tracks

Issue:
2013 #3 June
Page:
10
Author:
Sam Powell
Description:

What to do when there is a house-supporting pole in the middle of your layout space? The author's solution was to build a four-sided building around the square pole, which, when the camera is set a the right angle, makes the pole invisible.

Shabbona Railroad Gets A Turntable

Issue:
2011 #3 June
Page:
8
Author:
Robert Nicholson
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.

Short And Easy

Issue:
1994 #2 April
Page:
23
Author:
Kent Singer
Description:

Thoughts on building an automatic protection method for preventing engines from falling on the floor when a lift-out section has been removed from the layout.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
1996 #6 December
Page:
25
Author:
David Heine
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
Author:
David Heine
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
Author:
David Heine
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
Author:
David Heine
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 Yore Mine II Railroad, in S

Issue:
1995 #1 February
Page:
12
Author:
John I. Hall
Description:

The author covers his model railroading history, and how is now getting ready to build a 12'x14' S-scale layout. The article includes the 1:12 mock-up of the layout he built and the layout's track plan. The layout's benchwork was built to be portable.

This Time - It's S Scale! Chapter I

Issue:
2004 #5 October
Page:
24
Author:
Jeff Madden
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
Author:
Jeff Madden
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
Author:
Jeff Madden
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
Author:
Jeff Madden
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
Author:
Jeff Madden
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
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

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

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