NASG Dispatch Articles: Locomotives - Steam

A Review: Backhead Kit for the American Models Northern

Issue:
2010 #2 April
Page:
12
Author:
Jerry Poniatowski
Description:

Painting and installing the backhead kit.

American Models K5 Conversion

Issue:
2011 #2 April
Page:
16
Author:
Norm Hinkle
Description:

This article describes taking an old American Flyer K5 that had been converted to scale using Nixon parts many years ago, and updating it with taking the chassis and parts from a new American Models K4 model.

B&O President Class P7 Pacifics Plans

Issue:
1997 #6 December
Page:
12
Author:
Jeff Madden
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.

Dave Butterfield's SP Locomotives

Issue:
1994 #2 April
Page:
8
Author:
Gil Hulin
Description:

Dave Butterfield has built several fairly accurate SP engines from American Flyer parts, and some scratchbuilding, of course.

Denver & Rio Grande Western Narrow-Gauge 4-6-0

Issue:
1989 #6 December
Page:
13
Description:

Prototype photos and S-scale drawings of this locomotive.

How To Scratch Build a Steam Engine Frame Or, The Steamer of Your Dreams

Issue:
1983 #3 Summer
Page:
6
Author:
Sam Powell
Description:

This first installment covers selecting the proper drivers, the matching axle, the cylinder blocks, and the crosshead assemblies. Next, the author uses steel or aluminum U-shaped shelf brackets for the frame. Next up are making scale drawings.

Interpreting A B&O P1-d Pacific

Issue:
2011 #2 April
Page:
10
Author:
Brooks Stover
Description:

The author takes an American Models 4-6-2 and details it for a B&O locomotive used for passenger railfan trips into his BC&G layout. Includes on prototype photo and many model photos indicating the details and changes he made to the model. The project also includes installing DCC and sound, and painting and weathering the model.

Making Steamers Perform Part 1

Issue:
1989 #1 February
Page:
10
Author:
Joe Scales
Description:

This installment covers how to get a Rex 2-6-0 to run better.

Making Steamers Perform Part 2

Issue:
1989 #2 April
Page:
22
Author:
Joe Scales
Description:

In this installment, the author covers how to check and fix whether or not driver wheels are truly round, whether they are quartered correctly, and whether or not the spacing is correct between the axles and the crank pins.

Making the Rex 0-6-0 and 2-6-0 Locomotives Behave

Issue:
1983 #2 Spring
Page:
4
Author:
Sam Powell
Description:

The author tackles some design problems that they locomotives have to make them run smoother.

Rex Dockside Upgrade

Issue:
2002 #6 December
Page:
8
Author:
Tom Hartrum
Description:

When the Rex product line was owned by Terry Putt, the author learned that Putt Trains offered three upgrade kits for his original model. One for the motor, one for the directional headlights, and one for the smoke unit. A replacement for the gear on the driver axle was also offered. The author describes how to install these upgrades, and how they improved his engine.

S Pikes

Issue:
2007 #3 June
Page:
17
Author:
various authors
Description:

Photos by members of the S Scale Model Railway Society in the U.K. Includes two track plans of the club's members layouts.

Scratch-building Steam Engine Mechanisms Part II

Issue:
1984 #1 Winter
Page:
10
Author:
Sam Powell
Description:

In this next installment of the series on how build your own steam locomotive, the author starts the work of building the frame and installing the driver wheels.

Scratch-building Steam Engine Mechanisms Part III

Issue:
1984 #2 Spring
Page:
6
Author:
Sam Powell
Description:

In this installment the construction and installation of the side rods is accomplished, including how to resolve any binding. Also covered is drive quartering.

Scratch-building Steam Engine Mechanisms Part IV

Issue:
1984 #4 Fall
Page:
7
Author:
Sam Powell
Description:

This final installment of building a steam locomotive frame will deal with the main rod cylinder set and crosshead assembly.

Short & Easy

Issue:
2012 #6 December
Page:
27
Author:
Richard Churchill
Description:

The author describes how he built a diamond smokestack for his Franklin old-time A.F. locomotive.

Slim Gauge Observations

Issue:
2011 #3 June
Page:
11
Author:
David Heine
Description:

With this issue the "Sn3 Column" is renamed. This article covers the new P-B-L hybrid K-27, a ready-to-run Sn3 steam locomotive that features a combination of plastic and brass to reduce the cost (and the super fine detailing) as compared to pure brass models.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
1996 #3 June
Page:
26
Author:
David Heine
Description:

The author describes how he built his Sn3 Heisler, by converting an IHC HO standard-gauge Heisler. There is a sidebar to includes the remaining text from the previous issue's article that got chopped off.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
1996 #5 October
Page:
8
Author:
David Heine
Description:

What would it take to model in Sn42? The author recommends using HO-scale track, and some projects for conversion to S-scale.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
1999 #1 February
Page:
20
Author:
David Heine
Description:

The author shares his research into prototype narrow-gauge steam locomotives. He also briefly describes the Sn3 models produced up until that time. Two prototype photos of locomotives are included.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
1999 #3 June
Page:
20
Author:
David Heine
Description:

This column covers outside frame locomotives, Sn3 2-6-0 availability, achieving a "family look" among your equipment. Includes prototype photos of a Cumbres & Toltec K-36 outside frame 2-8-2.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
2000 #3 June
Page:
26
Author:
David Heine
Description:

Using an MDC HO-scale Shay to build one for Sn3, and how to do the conversion. Includes final model photos.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
2000 #5 October
Page:
24
Author:
David Heine
Description:

How to model in Sn3 and shifting your era to the early part of the 1900s.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
2001 #2 April
Page:
22
Author:
David Heine
Description:

Narrow-gauge lines kept their rolling stock lettering to a minimum to save on money. Also covered are the possibility of kitbashing an HO-scale Bachmann Shay, and how an On30 Bachmann engine might be better suited for S-scale standard-gauge as a kitbash.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
2001 #3 June
Page:
20
Author:
David Heine
Description:

The author provides tips and a bit of a product review of the Railmaster Exports 4-4-0 kit. Includes a model photo.

The Straight & Narrow

Issue:
2006 #5 October
Page:
24
Author:
David Heine
Description:

Photos of the author's Sn2 equipment by Train & Trooper, as well as two P-B-L Sn3 pieces.

Whyte's Classification System for Steam Locomotives

Issue:
1986 #4 Fall
Page:
20
Author:
George Lloyd
Description:

The objective is for the reader to match the common name to the Whyte system's steam locomotive wheel arrangements listing. The answers were provided in the Spring 1987 issue.

Whyte's Classification System for Steam Locomotives

Issue:
1987 #2 Spring
Page:
6
Author:
George Lloyd
Description:

The answers to the reader quiz included in the Fall 1986 issue, to match up the common names to the Whyte steam locomotive wheel arrangements.

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