NASG Dispatch Articles: Layouts - S

"In the Mood" Period Model Railroading

Issue:
1998 #3 June
Page:
16
Author:
Sylas Kayle
Description:

This is a preview article of Dave Jasper's S-scale layout that will be part of the 1999 NASG Convention's layout tour. Dave models 1927. Includes several photos, and Dave shares his philosophy of how he modeled that era. A sidebar is included about the 1999 NASG Convention.

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

Issue:
1994 #1 February
Page:
20
Author:
Robert Nicholson
Description:

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

A Last Look... The Plateau Railway

Issue:
1994 #5 October
Page:
18
Author:
Bob Werre
Description:

The author shares his experience of visiting Len Giovannoli's layout, and several photos of the layout.

A Photo Visit to The Twin Cities

Issue:
1988 #2 June
Page:
14
Author:
Bob Werre
Description:

Several pages of photos of models and layouts by Steve Hanson, John Kromhout, Dave Jasper, and Tom Lennon.

A Photo Visit with John Bortz

Issue:
1987 #4 Fall
Page:
6
Authors:
Don Thompson & Dick Karnes
Description:

Four pages of photos of John's Pennepack Valley & Western Railroad.

A Visit With Dave Smith

Issue:
1988 #5 December
Page:
12
Author:
Dick Karnes
Description:

After a brief introduction on how Dave got into S-scale, there are several pages of photos of his NYC/UP layout, including a full-page photo of his scratchbuilt trestle bridge.

A Visit with Ron Tilton

Issue:
1991 #2 April
Page:
6
Author:
Dick Karnes
Description:

The author describes Ron and his layout, and shares many photos of the work Ron has done. Ron specializes in scratchbuilding rolling stock.

American Flyer Christmas Layout

Issue:
1993 #2 April
Page:
28
Author:
James Sleeth
Description:

The A.F. layout of the All Gauge Toy Train Association of San Diego is featured in text and photos.

An Operating Tour of the Great Northern Pacific

Issue:
1998 #3 June
Page:
11
Authors:
Bob Jackson & Lee Johnson
Description:

Lee Johnson and Arden Goehring visited and operated Jess Bennett's layout in 1990. It is a photo essay of the layout. Also included is a track plan of Jess' 20'x44' layout. Includes a side-bar by Ed Loizeau about Jess' move from California to Idaho.

An S-Pike - The Layout of John Kosick, Jr

Issue:
1994 #2 April
Page:
18
Author:
Bill Moore
Description:

Four photos of this AF/hi-rail layout.

An S-Pike in Progress - Simon Parent in Quebec

Issue:
1994 #3 June
Page:
20
Author:
Denis Fortier
Description:

A few photos of Simon's 28'x15' layout under construction (this issue's cover was also taken on his layout). There are more overall layout photos later in the issue, and a track plan is found on page 25.

Calabash Terminal Update

Issue:
2011 #2 April
Page:
30
Author:
Monte Heppe
Description:

Monte shares a few photos of an area of his modular layout that has recently received new scenery (an update to his October 2010 article in the Dispatch).

Coast to Coast in S Scale

Issue:
1992 #4 August
Page:
12
Author:
Bob Jackson
Description:

Many photographs of 9 different S-scale layouts.

Denis Fortier's Canadian S Scale

Issue:
1994 #1 February
Page:
12
Author:
Denis Fortier
Description:

A brief introduction to Denis and his layouts. Photos include those of the layouts he has built, as well as track plans for each. Also includes photos of models he has custom painted for his fictitious layout.

Disaster Strikes Popular St. Louis Christmas Display Layout

Issue:
1990 #1 January
Page:
15
Authors:
Moe Berk & Gerry Evans
Description:

The American Flyer S-Gaugers of the St. Louis Area-built layout at the St. Louis Famous-Barr department store was drenched in water due to a frozen pipe breakage.

Engineer

Issue:
1993 #2 April
Page:
6
Author:
Ed Davis, Sr.
Description:

The author shares his history in the hobby. He is a real-world train engineer. In addition to A.F. collecting, he also scratchbuilt NYC transit equipment. A track plan of his 11'x17' layout is included, as well as several photos, including ones of his scratchbuilt cars.

Glen Sponholtz's Laramie and North Park Railway

Issue:
1992 #1 February
Page:
10
Author:
Bob Jackson
Description:

A visit and several photos describing Glen's layout. The layout was open as part of the 1991 NASG Convention.

Houston S Gaugers

Issue:
1982 #2 March
Page:
9
Author:
Bob Werre
Description:

Along with two photos on the cover of this issue, the Houston S Gaugers are also featured on this page with a group photo and a photo of Jack Troxell's engine facility on his Houston and Gulf Coast layout.

Illinois Railroad Relocates to Pacific Northwest

Issue:
1988 #3 August
Page:
13
Author:
Tom Hopman
Description:

The author describes the American Flyer-based layout, how it has its roots in the artist's drawing of the A.C. Gilbert AF catalog from 1950. Having built the layout in a modular fashion, the author was able to move it to a new city. Includes several photos of the layout after the move.

John Ramm's Three-Dimensional Layout

Issue:
1991 #1 February
Page:
13
Author:
Dick Karnes
Description:

This American Flyer-based layout measures 15'x25' and is 5 feet tall, covering several levels. The article includes several photos of the layout as the Greater Seattle S Gaugers club met at John's house.

Meet an S Gauger

Issue:
1998 #1 February
Page:
14
Author:
John Beck
Description:

The author introduces himself, but most of the article is about his design and construction of his S-scale layout, The Kentucky Road. Includes a track plan and several photos.

Meet an S Gauger - George Reneris

Issue:
2009 #1 February
Page:
16
Author:
George Reneris
Description:

The author describes his Snoqualmie, Mohonk & Panguitch RR, which is an M-shaped 11' by 21', three-level layout.

Milwaukee Road - Circa 1959

Issue:
1994 #1 February
Page:
17
Author:
Bob Werre
Description:

A couple of photos of Bob's layout.

News From the North

Issue:
2014 #2 April
Page:
23
Author:
Jim Martin
Description:

After a few notes, the author describes John Johnston's Shelter Valley and Trent River Railway S-scale layout. The article includes many photos of the layout, as well as a track plan.

On Tour Layouts of the SMSG

Issue:
1996 #2 April
Page:
16
Author:
Gaylord Gill
Description:

A profile of the various layouts that will be open for the local tour during the 1996 NASG Convention. These include Dave Belanger's Detroit & Chicago Central, Don Gates' New York Central, Jim De Witt's Denver & Rio Grande Western, and the author's Grand Valley Northeastern. All with a photo.

Port Huron & Northern Railroad

Issue:
1990 #6 December
Page:
14
Author:
Don Thompson
Description:

A description, with track plan and several photos, of Dave Held's 34'x17' layout.

Remembering the Plateau Railway

Issue:
1994 #3 June
Page:
12
Author:
Ed Schumacher
Description:

This is a reprint from a 1975 S Gaugian magazine article in which the author describes Len Giovannoli's layout. Includes a track plan and several photos of the visit.

S Pikes

Issue:
2013 #3 June
Page:
17
Author:
Bill Lane
Description:

Two photos of the author's layout, which will be open after the 2013 NASG Convention.

S Scenes - Vistas of Member Layouts

Issue:
2014 #2 April
Page:
28
Description:

Single photos of Joe Kimber's, Bill Winans', and Nelson Steinmetz' layouts.

S-pikes at St. Louis

Issue:
2009 #5 October
Page:
18
Author:
Bob Werre
Description:

Two pages of photos of S layouts in the St. Louis region that were open of the convention tours.

St. Louis Gets An S Gauge Department-Store Christmas Layout

Issue:
1989 #1 February
Page:
24
Author:
Gerry Evans
Description:

This article is about how the American Flyer S Gaugers of the St. Louis Area (AFSGSLA) built an S-scale layout for Famous-Barr Department Stores in their Famous-Barr's downtown St. Louis location. It consisted of 4 loops of 300 feet total on three levels. Includes two photos.

Terry Henderson's American Flyer Layout

Issue:
1991 #4 August
Page:
9
Author:
Bob Jackson
Description:

This 10'x24' layout is set up several times per year by Terry Henderson and his friend Keith Erickson and their supportive families. Includes many photos, and a track plan.

The Buffalo Creek & Gauley Railroad Part II

Issue:
1995 #6 December
Page:
10
Author:
Brooks Stover
Description:

The article started in the June issue continues by covering operations on the BC&G, it provides a description of the author's S-scale layout, and includes both prototype and layout photos. A track plan of the author's layout is also included.

The Harper Valley Railroad

Issue:
1985 #4 Fall
Page:
8
Author:
Bob Jackson
Description:

A visit of Don Harper's Sn3 freelanced-style layout based on Colorado prototypes. The two-level layout measures 13'x20', which was an HO-scale layout prior to 1981. The article includes many photos of the layout.

The Minnesota Heartland Railway (Western Division)

Issue:
1998 #6 December
Page:
16
Author:
Ken Zieska
Description:

A description and photos of the author's layout, which is open as part of the 1999 NASG Convention's layout tours. The layout is set in the 1960s, and fills the basement. Includes several photos of the layout.

The New Mexico Northern Railroad

Issue:
1991 #6 December
Page:
13
Author:
Dan Waskes
Description:

Chuck Thurman's 14'x28' layout is described in detail in this article. This Sn3 layout is shaped like a "G" and uses mostly hand-laid code 70 rail. The article includes a track plan and several photos.

The Sacramento Division - Phase I

Issue:
1993 #3 June
Page:
18
Authors:
Vic Cherven, Jr. & Vic Cherven, Sr.
Description:

The father and son team share how their layout has come about, and what they wanted to have. Includes several photos of the layout still under construction, an large track plan, and diagrams of the layout's benchwork.

The Sandy Creek and Pennsylvania R.R.

Issue:
1991 #4 August
Page:
15
Author:
Don Thompson
Description:

The author describes a visit to Barry Mertz' S-scale layout. The brief article is accompanied by a good number of color photos.

The South Pacific Coast Railroad

Issue:
1987 #3 Summer
Page:
10
Author:
Don Seeburger
Description:

The layout is a collection of modules that form a double-oval loop with a very large yard in the center of the loops, for the purpose of being able to make-up and break-down trains to run on the loops. Stairs to the attic enter into the center of the layout. Includes photos and a track plan.

The Story of the Volunteer Central

Issue:
1996 #1 February
Page:
12
Author:
Tom Robinson
Description:

The author tells his story of how he evolved from O-scale to S-scale modeling, and how he set about building the U-shaped 12'x8' layout. Includes a track plan and a few photos.

The Tinplate Road

Issue:
1989 #3 June
Page:
16
Author:
Dick Karnes
Description:

A visit and tour of Ernie Horr's layout. Includes several photos, some of which are full-page.

The West Shore Railroad

Issue:
1991 #3 May
Page:
6
Author:
Bill Mark, Jr.
Description:

This article covers the Mark family's involvement in S-scale layouts, including the current one. A track plan is included, as well as many photos. The layout was still under construction.

The World's Busiest Layout Builder

Issue:
1988 #1 March
Page:
12
Author:
Ed Loizeaux
Description:

Rich Lenart builds a completely new A.F.-based layout each year for the Christmas season, and has been doing so since age 2. He currently uses an 18'x22' room. Includes several layout photos.

Two Great Americans

Issue:
1992 #6 December
Page:
12
Author:
Mike Palmiter
Description:

The author describes his model railroading history, and how American Flyer and American Models brought him back into S-scale. Includes several photos of equipment found on his layout.

Vern Chester's Cascade Western Railroad

Issue:
1992 #2 April
Page:
7
Author:
Bob Jackson
Description:

The author visited this hi-rail layout, and also shares several photos taken there. Track is hand-laid, but the equipment is all American Flyer. The layout was started in 1956.

Work-a-day on the Cambria & Ohio River RR

Issue:
1992 #6 December
Page:
19
Author:
Jerry Schnur
Description:

A short photo essay of Jerry Schnur's layout.

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