NASG Dispatch Articles: Model Railroads and People

A Day in the Life

Issue:
1989 #2 April
Page:
12
Author:
Gary Jordan
Description:

The author describes a typical of his days, followed by a few hours of work on his favorite hobby.

Bernie Thomas Award

Issue:
1985 #3 Summer
Page:
7
Author:
Jim Kindraka
Description:

This article explains why this award was named after this man.

Bernie Thomas Memorial Award Update

Issue:
2010 #3 June
Page:
28
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

Following an explanation of the purpose of the award is a listing of those whom have won it up through 2009.

Bill's Boiler Wash

Issue:
2014 #1 February
Page:
6
Author:
Bill Winans
Description:

The author reviews the current state of the NASG, and highlighting the many people who contribute extra time to the organization to help be run better. He states that more photos and articles are needed from the AF side of the scale for both the magazine and the web site.

Changing Scales!

Issue:
1992 #4 August
Page:
18
Authors:
Roger W. Slack & Charles Bettinger
Description:

This is two articles in one. Roger converted from HO- to O-scale, and Charles converted from HO- to S-scale. The purpose is help the reader things to consider when wanting to change scales.

Editorial

Issue:
1985 #4 Fall
Page:
2
Author:
Dick Karnes
Description:

Dick starts off as the editor of this Dispatch with this issue.

Elaine's Elaborations

Issue:
1983 #2 Spring
Page:
2
Author:
Elaine Powell
Description:

What does a wife think of her husband's involvement in the hobby of model railroading? Elaine saw many positive attributes in her husband Sam shortly after they were married due to his involvement in the hobby.

Elaine's Elaborations

Issue:
1983 #4 Fall
Page:
2
Author:
Elaine Powell
Description:

A home-break of Elaine and Sam's home, eventually led to the discovery that 11 locomotives had been stolen from Sam's layout.

Elaine's Elaborations

Issue:
1984 #2 Spring
Page:
2
Author:
Elaine Powell
Description:

The author provides insights as to how a male model railroader might help his wife be more understanding of his hobby.

Elaine's Elaborations

Issue:
1984 #4 Fall
Page:
2
Author:
Elaine Powell
Description:

Elaine reports the results of the 1983 NASG Dispatch survey.

Elaine's Elaborations

Issue:
1985 #2 Spring
Page:
2
Author:
Elaine Powell
Description:

After three years, Elaine announces that this is the last issue for which she is the editor.

From the Editor

Issue:
1993 #1 February
Page:
4
Author:
Mike Palmiter
Description:

A 1992 survey done by Model Railroader magazine showed 1.4% of their readers modeling in S-scale, and 9.6% of the people considering S-scale their secondary favorite. At the time that meant around 21,000 people interested in S-scale. The author proposes how to reach those people.

From the Long and Morose to the Swatara and Western

Issue:
1997 #3 June
Page:
21
Author:
Bill Fraley
Description:

The author reminisces about John H. Long who had recently passed away. John modeled in S-scale for 37 years, and was a founding member of the Central Pennsylvania S Gaugers.

From The President...

Issue:
1985 #2 Spring
Page:
6
Author:
Rollie Mercier
Description:

Rollie responds to the "mud-slinging" that has taken place by the two candidates running for NASG President. Included are several letters from past NASG Presidents responding to the unfortunate campaign.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
1997 #1 February
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

How to let go of existing, non-S equipment when switching to S-scale.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
1997 #3 June
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

How to deal with the argument that S-scale costs more than HO- or N-scale.

Last Run

Issue:
2011 #5 October
Page:
29
Description:

Donald Jaeger passed away in June 2011. He was a charter member of the Stateline S Gaugers.

Last Run

Issue:
2012 #6 December
Page:
20
Description:

Well-known S-scale modelers Bob Jackson, Jack Sudimak, Dave Netherton, and Tom Doherty all pass away.

Last Run Howie Waelder

Issue:
2004 #6 December
Page:
9
Author:
Bill Lane
Description:

A personal friend of the author, he briefly describes Howie, who was a LIRR fireman. Includes several photos and other people's expression of sadness at the loss.

Last Run Russ Downs

Issue:
2010 #1 February
Page:
8
Author:
Bill Fraley
Description:

An ode to Russ Downs and what he did for the hobby.

Last Run: Jesse Bennett

Issue:
2010 #6 December
Page:
8
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

Jesse, who had a large S-scale layout (20' x 44') modeling the Great Northern Pacific, passed away at 96. Includes a couple of photos of his layout.

Last Run: Leonard Giovannoli

Issue:
1994 #2 April
Page:
26
Author:
Alan Evans
Description:

Len passed away on February 26, 1994 at 92.

Last Run: Stan Furmanak

Issue:
2010 #6 December
Page:
27
Author:
Bill Fraley
Description:

Bill describes Stan's involvement in the hobby.

Meet an 'S' Gauger

Issue:
1990 #6 December
Page:
5
Author:
Moe Berk
Description:

This is the first of this column, introducing members of the S-scale community to the reader. This one is about Moe Berk who is the Executive Vice-President of the NASG the time.

Meet an 'S' Gauger

Issue:
1991 #1 February
Page:
5
Author:
Bob Jackson
Description:

Introducing Bill Krause to the S-scale community, who has received the Bernie Thomas award and has been in S-scale since the early 1960s.

Meet an 'S' Gauger

Issue:
1991 #2 April
Page:
5
Author:
Dick Karnes
Description:

The author introduces Kent Singer, a Dispatch columnist, to the audience.

Meet an 'S' Gauger

Issue:
1991 #3 May
Page:
5
Author:
Roy Hoffman
Description:

This issue introduces Bill Lane, Jr., who in his late twenties founded the South Jersey S-Scalers (SJSS).

Meet an 'S' Gauger

Issue:
1991 #4 August
Page:
7
Author:
Lee Johnson
Description:

Covered in this issue is Graham Henry.

Meet an 'S' Gauger

Issue:
1991 #5 October
Page:
5
Author:
Ken Zieska
Description:

This column introduces Dave Jasper.

Meet an 'S' Gauger

Issue:
1991 #6 December
Page:
5
Author:
unaccredited
Description:

Introducing Jim Kindraka.

Meet an 'S' Gauger

Issue:
1992 #2 April
Page:
5
Author:
Bob Jackson
Description:

This column introduces Billy Wade.

Meet an 'S' Gauger

Issue:
1992 #3 June
Page:
5
Author:
Mike Palmiter
Description:

Introducing Don Hudson.

Meet an 'S' Gauger

Issue:
1992 #4 August
Page:
5
Author:
Bob Jackson
Description:

Introducing Dan Navarre.

Meet an 'S' Gauger

Issue:
1992 #5 October
Page:
5
Author:
Bob Jackson
Description:

Introducing Brian Jackson, former editor Bob Jackson's son.

Meet an 'S' Gauger

Issue:
1993 #5 October
Page:
5
Description:

Introduces Marty Glass.

Meet an S Gauger

Issue:
1993 #1 February
Page:
5
Author:
Bob Jackson
Description:

Introduces Russ Mobley (the third general director of the NASG, and owner of Amity Star Models).

Meet An S Gauger

Issue:
1993 #3 June
Page:
5
Description:

Introduces Ken Zieska.

Meet an S Gauger

Issue:
1994 #1 February
Page:
5
Author:
Bob Nicholson
Description:

Bob introduces himself as a real railroader, model press author, and owner of the well-known (fictitious) SHABBONA railroad.

Meet an S Gauger

Issue:
1994 #5 October
Page:
21
Author:
Jamie Bothwell
Description:

An introduction to Frank Titman, owner of Lehigh Valley Models. Includes several photos taken by Frank around his layout.

Meet an S Gauger

Issue:
1995 #1 February
Page:
10
Author:
Jamie Bothwell
Description:

An introduction to Jamie Bothwell.

Meet an S Gauger

Issue:
1995 #2 April
Page:
9
Author:
Jamie Bothwell
Description:

An introduction to Bill Fraley of Hershey, PA.

Meet an S Gauger

Issue:
1995 #3 June
Page:
9
Author:
Roy Meissner
Description:

Roy Meissner introduces himself.

Meet an S Gauger

Issue:
1995 #6 December
Page:
26
Author:
Gregg Miller
Description:

The article introduces Gregg Miller who organized the 1995 NASG Convention.

Meet An S Gauger

Issue:
1996 #1 February
Page:
19
Author:
Jim Kindraka
Description:

Introduction of Larry Hilley, posthumously.

Meet an S Gauger

Issue:
1996 #2 April
Page:
24
Author:
Jim Kindraka
Description:

Introduces Dave Held.

Meet An S Gauger

Issue:
1996 #3 June
Page:
22
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

Introduction to NASG president Alan Evans.

Meet an S Gauger

Issue:
1996 #5 October
Page:
25
Author:
Bill Fraley
Description:

Introducing John Foley.

Meet an S Gauger

Issue:
1996 #6 December
Page:
21
Author:
Joseph Jansky
Description:

The author introduces his 6-year-old son, and the youngest member of the Cuyahoga Valley S Gauge Association.

Meet an S Gauger

Issue:
1997 #1 February
Page:
14
Author:
Bill Krause
Description:

Introduction to Craig O'Connell. Includes a track plan of his layout.

Meet an S Gauger

Issue:
1997 #2 April
Page:
13
Author:
Bill Krause
Description:

Introduction to Dick Kloes.

Meet an S Gauger

Issue:
1997 #3 June
Page:
8
Author:
Glenn A. Ritter
Description:

Introduction to Glenn Ritter. Includes photos and a track plan of his layout.

Meet an S Gauger

Issue:
1997 #6 December
Page:
16
Author:
Joel Lebovitz
Description:

The NASG's Promotions Chairman introduces himself.

Meet an S Gauger

Issue:
1998 #3 June
Page:
23
Author:
Dick Wholf
Description:

Introduces Mike Fyten and his Kaw Valley Railroad layout.

Meet an S Gauger

Issue:
1998 #5 October
Page:
29
Author:
Paul Yorke
Description:

Introduction to Paul Yorke.

Meet an S Gauger

Issue:
2004 #6 December
Page:
10
Author:
Bill Fraley
Description:

Bill briefly introduces Bob Werre, with a couple of photos of Bob's studio where he was busy photographing SHS products.

Meet an S Gauger

Issue:
2005 #3 June
Page:
14
Author:
Bill Fraley
Description:

Bill introduces Tom Robichaud who is a member of the Bristol S Gauge Club.

Meet an S Gauger

Issue:
2006 #6 December
Page:
8
Author:
Bill Fraley
Description:

The author introduces Roy Hoffman, how he got started in the hobby, and his current Penn Western "scale" layout.

Meet An S Gauger

Issue:
2010 #1 February
Page:
13
Author:
Gaylord Gill
Description:

A behind-the-scene look at Brooks Stover, the layout he built, and what it took for him to become a Master Model Railroader.

Meet an S Gauger

Issue:
2011 #1 February
Page:
20
Author:
Bill Fraley
Description:

Bill introduces Cliff Brown who models the Lehigh Valley.

Meet an S Gauger Michael Greene

Issue:
2014 #2 April
Page:
22
Author:
Michael Greene
Description:

The author explains how he got into S-scale model railroading, what roles he played and plays in the NMRA and NASG organization, and the fact that he and his wife now own Pine Canyon Scale Models.

Meet An S Gauger Monte Heppe

Issue:
2014 #1 February
Page:
7
Author:
Monte Heppe
Description:

The author recalls his early observations of prototype railroading, and how he and his Dad got involved in the hobby. He describes his current layout and the various organizations of which he is a member.

Meet Your Membership Chairman

Issue:
1997 #3 June
Page:
31
Author:
unaccredited
Description:

Introduction to Dody Stevens and her husband Paul and son Mark; all three are S-scale modelers.

Message from the BOT

Issue:
2011 #3 June
Page:
4
Author:
Dave Blum
Description:

The questions are, "Why aren't more S-scale modelers members of the NASG?", and "Why don't local S-scale modelers attend local shows?".

NASG Launches "Special Interest Groups"

Issue:
2006 #6 December
Page:
22
Author:
Dick Karnes
Description:

The NASG BOT wants to launch SIGs that represent the three groups of modelers within the S-scale community, similar to the NMRA SIGs.

OS from S Tower

Issue:
2011 #2 April
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

The editor changed the title of his editorial from "Jeff's Junction" to "OS from S Tower" with this issue ("OS" stands for "On Station" indicating when a train passes a station). This editorial covers Jeff's explanation of what the NASG's BOT is responsible for.

OS From S Tower

Issue:
2014 #2 April
Page:
6
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

The author suggests the idea of building a modular layout entirely made out of Lionel products available today, to show the audience what can be accomplished in S-scale today.

President's Column

Issue:
1985 #3 Summer
Page:
2
Author:
Ed Loizeaux
Description:

New President Ed Loizeaux announces that Don Thompson is the interim editor of the Dispatch for this issue while Dick Karnes is preparing to take over from Elaine Powell.

President's Message

Issue:
2005 #3 June
Page:
4
Author:
Roy Hoffman
Description:

The author shares that this is his last column as president of the NASG, and discusses the disappearing local hobby shops.

Promotions Committee Update

Issue:
1985 #1 Winter
Page:
11
Author:
Don Thompson
Description:

A report on what the NASG's Promotions Committee has been working on.

Promotions Committee Update

Issue:
1985 #2 Spring
Page:
4
Author:
Don Thompson
Description:

Update on what the Committee has been up to.

Promotions Committee Update

Issue:
1985 #3 Summer
Page:
2
Author:
Don Thompson
Description:

Updates from the Committee.

Promotions Committee Update

Issue:
1985 #4 Fall
Page:
5
Author:
Don Thompson
Description:

The latest update of the Committee.

S Scenes

Issue:
2014 #1 February
Page:
8
Author:
various authors
Description:

In additional to layout photos by Dick Karnes, Ron West, and Jeff Madden, a group photo of the Pequea Valley Model Railroaders and Baltimore Area American Flyer Club members visiting is shown.

S Tracks

Issue:
2010 #2 April
Page:
19
Author:
Sam Powell
Description:

"The Magnificent Seven" - Seven S gaugers who influenced Sam. They are Ed Schumacher, John Bortz, Frank Titman, Wally Collins, Claude Wade, Walter Graeff, and Jesse Bennett.

S Tracks

Issue:
2012 #6 December
Page:
10
Author:
Sam Powell
Description:

The author makes the case for associating with model railroaders that are not into S-scale, such as the local NMRA, other conventions, etc., especially after one retires.

Secret Project Month April 2011

Issue:
2011 #3 June
Page:
13
Author:
Bill Fraley
Description:

Bill explains the "Secret Project Month" concept started in their local club in the 1960s. He describes what he had to do to hold the meeting at his house, and the results of this year's Secret Project contest. Includes photos taken at the meeting, as well as photos of this year's models.

Some Thoughts

Issue:
1992 #6 December
Page:
5
Author:
Bill Lane
Description:

S-scale "scale" modelers and "hi-rail" modelers should join together within a club and exchange information, rather than divide.

Special Award Presented to Bill Krause by Conn. S Gaugers

Issue:
1998 #2 April
Page:
21
Author:
unaccredited
Description:

A description of the award to the founder of the Connecticut S Gaugers Club, who makes up the club, and the history behind the club. A photo is included.

Survey Committee Report

Issue:
1983 #4 Fall
Page:
15
Author:
Steve Butler
Description:

Results from the previous NASG membership survey, and from a survey handed out during the 1983 NASG Convention.

The Kent Singer School of Model Building

Issue:
1987 #4 Fall
Page:
10
Author:
Kent Singer
Description:

Kent's approach is to have a less-experienced modeler work with a more-experienced modeler on the same or similar project, on a regular basis.

The NASG Website and Your Club

Issue:
2014 #2 April
Page:
19
Author:
Peter Vanvliet
Description:

This column covers the club-related information you will find on the NASG web site, as well as services the NASG provides to S-scale clubs.

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