The author describes a typical of his days, followed by a few hours of work on his favorite hobby.
A brief history of Russ, and more information about the new Russel M. Mobley Memorial Library, with a listing of what is available.
This article explains why this award was named after this man.
Following an explanation of the purpose of the award is a listing of those whom have won it up through 2009.
The author shares a photo of himself in 1968, and tells the story of how got into model railroading.
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.
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.
Dick starts off as the editor of this Dispatch with this issue.
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.
A home-break of Elaine and Sam's home, eventually led to the discovery that 11 locomotives had been stolen from Sam's layout.
The author provides insights as to how a male model railroader might help his wife be more understanding of his hobby.
Elaine reports the results of the 1983 NASG Dispatch survey.
After three years, Elaine announces that this is the last issue for which she is the editor.
After a brief introduction of how the author met Frank, the remainder of the article is an interview-style format. Frank describes how he got started in model railroading, in S-scale, background info on the S Gauge Herald, and the history behind Lehigh Valley Models. Includes photos of Frank's layout and his models.
Jay reports on the well-being of fellow NASG members and S-scale modelers affected by the Katrina hurricane that his New Orleans.
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.
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.
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.
How to let go of existing, non-S equipment when switching to S-scale.
How to deal with the argument that S-scale costs more than HO- or N-scale.
The author laments the fact that a majority of recent deaths have been on the "scale" side of S. He offers ideas on how to attract more "scale" modelers to S.
The author opines about what a "hi-railer" is, and how to encourage people to switch to S-scale.
The author feels that "scale" modelers are looking for a voice since the S/Sn3 Modeling Guide has ceased.
Making a case for an all-"scale"-only regional meet or convention.
Dealing with the loss of several leaders and pioneers in S-scale within the recent year or two.
The World's Greatest Hobby show is explained, and who their target audience is.
The author offers up ideas for bringing more narrow-gauge modelers into the NASG.
Since Tony Koester announced tearing down his "Allegheny Midland" HO-scale layout, the author is considering the idea of others following suit, and perhaps entertaining the idea of a larger scale as they age.
How many modelers have more stuff in their closet, drawers, cabinets, or attic that they will never build or operate? An introspective by the author.
The author makes the point that he is seeing people re-enter the hobby in S-scale, slowly gravitating more and more toward the "scale" side of the hobby, and putting AF products on the shelves.
Dealing with the reality that will loose some modelers to the other scales, and how we should be upfront about the challenges that exist in modeling in S-scale.
Jim Graham, member of the Kansas City S Gaugers.
Various people providing commentary on the passing of Josh Seltzer. Includes a couple of photos of him, his equipment, his layout, and his company's ads.
Gene Fletcher passed away in August, 2003.
Walt Danylak passed away in September 2005.
The NASG's found, Claud Wade, passed away at the age of 84. Several people comment in this article and a few photos of Claud and his models are included.
Donald Jaeger passed away in June 2011. He was a charter member of the Stateline S Gaugers.
Well-known S-scale modelers Bob Jackson, Jack Sudimak, Dave Netherton, and Tom Doherty all pass away.
Bill Krause created the Connecticut S Gaugers club in 1981. The article covers much of the history of Bill and the club. Includes several photos.
The author reports on Ed's passing and recalls how he met him.
Howie was a LIRR fireman and an S-scale modeler. Includes several photos.
An ode to Russ Downs and what he did for the hobby.
Various comments about Russ' passing on August 31, 2001.
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.
Len passed away on February 26, 1994 at 92.
Bill describes Stan's involvement in the hobby.
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.
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.
The author introduces Kent Singer, a Dispatch columnist, to the audience.
This issue introduces Bill Lane, Jr., who in his late twenties founded the South Jersey S-Scalers (SJSS).
Covered in this issue is Graham Henry.
This column introduces Dave Jasper.
Introducing Jim Kindraka.
This column introduces Billy Wade.
Introducing Don Hudson.
Introducing Dan Navarre.
Introducing Brian Jackson, former editor Bob Jackson's son.
Introduces Marty Glass.
Introduces Russ Mobley (the third general director of the NASG, and owner of Amity Star Models).
Introduces Ken Zieska.
Bob introduces himself as a real railroader, model press author, and owner of the well-known (fictitious) SHABBONA railroad.
An introduction to Frank Titman, owner of Lehigh Valley Models. Includes several photos taken by Frank around his layout.
An introduction to Jamie Bothwell.
An introduction to Bill Fraley of Hershey, PA.
Roy Meissner introduces himself.
The article introduces Gregg Miller who organized the 1995 NASG Convention.
Introduction of Larry Hilley, posthumously.
Introduces Dave Held.
Introduction to NASG president Alan Evans.
Introducing John Foley.
The author introduces his 6-year-old son, and the youngest member of the Cuyahoga Valley S Gauge Association.
Introduction to Craig O'Connell. Includes a track plan of his layout.
Introduction to Dick Kloes.
Introduction to Glenn Ritter. Includes photos and a track plan of his layout.
The NASG's Promotions Chairman introduces himself.
Introduces Mike Fyten and his Kaw Valley Railroad layout.
Introduction to Paul Yorke.
Introduces Denis Fortier from Canada.
The author introduces himself, describes his layout, and shares a number of photos.
Introduction to Henry "Hank" Roos. Those on the S-scale discussion list will recognize his son Pieter Roos' name.
Introduction to, and remembrance of, John Craft.
Rich Gajnak's alter-ego, Rusty Traque, introduces Rich, modeling a completely freelanced railroad.
Introducing Hiram Graves. Includes a model photo of the 2nd place Craftsman category he won at the 2002 NASG Convention.
Introducing Ron Schlicht and his modular layout. Includes many photos of the modules, and a track plan of his home layout which measures 16'x20'.
Introducing Craig Wright and his Sn3 layout, the "Cumbres, Toltec and Western RR". Includes photos and a track plan scan.
Introducing Paul Raham, and his layout, the "Moira Valley Lines". Includes two close-up photos of Paul's layout.
Introducing NASG President Roy Hoffman and his layout, the Penn Western. Includes several photos of him and his layout.
Introducing Wally Collins (81 at the time). Includes several photos of Wally and his layout.
Bill briefly introduces Bob Werre, with a couple of photos of Bob's studio where he was busy photographing SHS products.
Bill introduces Stan Furmanak, who is the new NASG membership secretary. Includes photos of Stan and some of the models he has built.
Bill introduces Tom Robichaud who is a member of the Bristol S Gauge Club.
Joe and Lori Fuss, owners of Ragg's To Riches, are introduced. They personally model in Sn3, although their company sells products for most scales. Includes the history of the company.
Introduces Bert Mahr and his "Conrail & Eastern Railroad". Includes a couple of photos.
The author introduces Roy Hoffman, how he got started in the hobby, and his current Penn Western "scale" layout.
Introduces Emory Shughart, and his whole family. Includes a few photos of Emory's A.F. layout.
A behind-the-scene look at Brooks Stover, the layout he built, and what it took for him to become a Master Model Railroader.
Bill introduces Cliff Brown who models the Lehigh Valley.
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.
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.
Introduction to Ernie Horr. As this issue went to the printer, Ernie passed away on June 16, 2000. Includes photos of Ernie, his wife, and his layout. Also includes a track plan of his "The Tinplate Road".
Introduction to Dody Stevens and her husband Paul and son Mark; all three are S-scale modelers.
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?".
The NASG BOT wants to launch SIGs that represent the three groups of modelers within the S-scale community, similar to the NMRA SIGs.
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.
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.
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.
How can we reach the large number of Sn3 modelers to become members of the NASG?
The author describes the situation with apparent growth in numbers for AF, hi-rail, and Sn3 modelers, but "scale" standard-gauge modelers are lacking. He also covers how the World's Greatest Hobby show doesn't seem to include S-scale, and how difficult it is to get S-scale content and ads into the main model railroading magazines.
The author shares that this is his last column as president of the NASG, and discusses the disappearing local hobby shops.
A report on what the NASG's Promotions Committee has been working on.
Update on what the Committee has been up to.
Updates from the Committee.
The latest update of the Committee.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
S-scale "scale" modelers and "hi-rail" modelers should join together within a club and exchange information, rather than divide.
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.
Results from the previous NASG membership survey, and from a survey handed out during the 1983 NASG Convention.
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.
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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