NASG Dispatch Articles: Model Railroad Manufacturers

1996 Lionel Preview

Issue:
1996 #2 April
Page:
8
Author:
Pete Mihelich
Description:

The author and Will Holt attended the Lionel product announcement meeting. Several A.F. products were discussed. Includes photos of the new products for 1996.

1997 Lionel Dealer Preview

Issue:
1997 #1 February
Page:
10
Author:
Pete Mihelich
Description:

The author attended the dealer preview show in Chicago to report on Lionel's plans for 1997. Includes photos of some of the new products shown there.

35 Years for the S Gaugian

Issue:
1997 #2 April
Page:
12
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

Don Heimburger is celebrating 35 years of continuous publication of the S Gaugian magazine. This article gives some background on Don.

Brass Models with Code 110 Wheels

Issue:
1987 #1 Winter
Page:
5
Description:

A listing dated January 15, 1987 of all the known S-scale brass models that came with code 110 wheels.

Changing Standards

Issue:
1985 #1 Winter
Page:
2
Author:
Sam Powell
Description:

After mentioning several other major changes in the model railroading industry, the author opines about the need for the S-scale community to adopt the new NASG S-scale standard.

Charles D. Sandersfeld 1934 - 1990

Issue:
1990 #2 April
Page:
14
Description:

The (uncredited) author shares his memories of Charlie, provides some insight into the man, and the article includes several photos.

Clearing Up (We Hope!) That Coupon Confusion

Issue:
1983 #1 Winter
Page:
11
Author:
Walt Danylak
Description:

Issues related to NASG membership renewals and discount coupons that will be offered by the NASG.

Dear S-Gauger

Issue:
1981 #6 November
Page:
6
Author:
Ed Loizeaux
Description:

A letter-to-the-editor explains the situation about getting ALCO Models to produce an S-scale brass NYC Niagara.

Editorial

Issue:
1988 #1 March
Page:
22
Author:
Dick Karnes
Description:

The author lists things he would like see manufacturers produce in S-scale.

Gary Moreau Named Chief Executive Officer of Lionel

Issue:
1996 #1 February
Page:
18
Description:

Announcement of the new CEO at Lionel.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
1998 #4 August
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

Would other larger model railroading manufacturers consider adding S-scale products to their product line? If so, which ones?

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2009 #6 December
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

"If you sell S, you need to promote S!", is the editor's opinion, reflecting on how vendors and manufacturers might want to interact with their customer base at train shows.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2010 #1 February
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

The editor opines about the future of resin kits in S-scale and what might be produced next.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2011 #1 February
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

The editor discusses the various polls that are done within discussion groups to determine what modelers would like to see produced in S-scale.

Lionel '93

Issue:
1993 #2 April
Page:
15
Author:
Pete Mihelich
Description:

The author got to visit the Lionel factory and view the new S-scale products, photos of some of which are included in the article.

Lionel Shows Commitment to S Gauge

Issue:
1987 #1 Winter
Page:
6
Author:
Dan Navarre
Description:

Representatives of Lionel attended the 1986 NASG Convention, which led to a factory tour at Lionel, all indicating that Lionel is serious about continuing American Flyer products.

Lionel Trains Hosts a Media Event At Their New Visitors Center

Issue:
1992 #2 April
Page:
21
Author:
Moe Berk
Description:

The author describes what happened at the January 21, 1992 event. Includes photos of the dignitaries at the event.

Lionel Trains, Inc. Opens New Visitors Center in Mt. Clemens, Michigan

Issue:
1992 #2 April
Page:
19
Author:
Moe Berk
Description:

A description what can be found in the visitors center and what to expect when you participate in the tours given. Photos of the layout are included (4 tracks of O and one of A.F.).

May I Have The Envelope Please?

Issue:
1995 #3 June
Page:
19
Author:
Will Holt
Description:

The previous survey done by the NASG's Manufacturers' Advisory Group was mostly focused on A.F and hi-rail, but more manufacturers are interested in the "scale" side of S-scale, so a new survey was created to include all aspects of S-scale modeling. The results of this survey are shown in this article.

NASG Manufacturer's Advisory Group Meeting Summary

Issue:
1993 #5 October
Page:
16
Author:
Will Holt
Description:

This is a report of a small meeting with several representatives from different companies, and NASG representatives.

NASG Officers Visit Lionel

Issue:
1998 #2 April
Page:
15
Author:
Pete Mihelich
Description:

A report of what happened during a meeting of several NASG officers and employees of Lionel, in an interview style.

New Products: Wanted!

Issue:
1993 #3 June
Page:
7
Author:
Mike Palmiter
Description:

A list of the author's wishes that he would like manufacturers to produce in S-scale.

Photo Tour of American Models

Issue:
1991 #1 February
Page:
6
Author:
Don Thompson
Description:

A photo essay showing the American Models factory.

President's Message

Issue:
1988 #4 October
Page:
26
Author:
Ed Loizeaux
Description:

Continued discussion related to criticism toward S-scale manufacturers.

President's Message

Issue:
1989 #1 February
Page:
4
Author:
Ed Loizeaux
Description:

Responding to the claims that there are too many NYC and PRR engines being made, and not enough for other railroads.

President's Message

Issue:
1990 #2 April
Page:
4
Author:
Michael Ferraro
Description:

The passing of Charlie Sandersfeld, owner of Omnicon Scale Models.

President's Message

Issue:
1990 #6 December
Page:
4
Author:
Michael Ferraro
Description:

Help promote S-scale with existing manufacturers.

Reflections on Robert L. Miller and the Miller Power Truck

Issue:
1996 #6 December
Page:
8
Author:
Demosthenes P. Gelopulos
Description:

The article describes the operating sessions Bob Miller would have on his layout for teenage boys in his town (the author being one of them). It also covers how the (patented) powered truck worked. Included are a timeline of Bob's life, and two pages of Miller's product catalog from 1952.

Support Your Local Manufacturer!

Issue:
1986 #1 Winter
Page:
2
Author:
Tony Perles
Description:

This editorial comments on how Charlie Sandersfeld of Omnicon Scale Models can't go out on a limb by himself having brass engines built without the support of S-scale modelers in the US.

The American Flyer Enthusiast

Issue:
1986 #4 Fall
Page:
4
Author:
Tom Nimelli
Description:

A discussion of the A.F., Lionel, and American Models wheelsets for the tinplate operator.

The Dispatch Visits American Models and Lionel

Issue:
1995 #2 April
Page:
21
Author:
Will Holt
Description:

Covers information about the American Models 4-6-2, the GG-1, and various other projects underway. The visit with Lionel included meeting with Carl Crosier and Neil Young (about their new sound system). The visit covered the products that Lionel is introducing in 1995.

The Dispatch Visits Ertl

Issue:
1994 #6 December
Page:
16
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

An interview with Ertl's Product Manager James Willey about their 1:64 product line.

The Dispatch Visits Lionel

Issue:
1994 #3 June
Page:
23
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

The author visits with Lionel and interviews the company's Steve Saxton and Carl Crosier about the future of S-scale products at Lionel.

The Ertl Company

Issue:
1994 #6 December
Page:
18
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

A condensed version of the Ertl hand-out capturing the company's history. Also includes a page of photos of the latest 1:64 Ertl items in 1994.

The NASG Visits Intermountain Railway Company

Issue:
1991 #6 December
Page:
8
Author:
Bob Jackson
Description:

The Longmont, Colorado company produces their own O-scale freight car kits, and is home to S-scale's Pacific Rail Shops and HO-scale's Innovative Models, as well as being a contractor for other manufacturers. Includes many photos of the facilities.

The Results of the 1996 Product Survey

Issue:
1996 #5 October
Page:
34
Author:
Will Holt

Visit Tomalco Track

Issue:
2014 #2 April
Page:
7
Author:
Larry Morton
Description:

Owner of Tomalco Track describes his transition into S-scale and into becoming an S-scale manufacturer. Owning the company, he has been able to complete his own 28'x28' S-scale layout in his basement.

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