The author shares a photo of an unloader found in an industrial area on the east side of Sacramento, California.
This industry is served by Burlington Northern trackage in the town of Girard, Illinois. The factory receives vermiculite in moisture controlled covered
hoppers. Includes a track plan, and several prototype photos.
The focus of this article is the Pacific Coast Producers, a fruit packing plant, in Lodi, California, focusing specifically on the area that receives tank
cars loaded with sugars and sweeteners. Includes two prototype photos.
Denis Fortier submitted some information about unloading salt from covered hoppers in Coteau Station near Toronto. Includes prototype photos.
Using background, shallow-depth kits for foreground structures, detailing the interior.
The author gives some tips on what he did to make an HO-scale kit look like it fits on an S-scale layout.
A detailed review of this kit offered by the NASG.
Roy Meissner scratchbuilt a coal elevator (photo included) and won best-of-show in the structure contest at the 1998 regional NMRA convention. He describes how he built it.
The author briefly describes how he built the structure, which won best-of-show at the 2002 NASG Convention. Includes a model photo.
The author describes how he turned this barn model into a harbor scene's fisherman's net shack, complete with suggested interior details.
The author describes how he scratchbuilt a scale for the local coal retailer. Includes photos and scale drawings.
Using a photo-copier and acetate plastic to make custom windows.
After a foreword by Bob Jackson about how substations work, the author introduces this three-part article, describes the model he built (and for which he won an award at the 1986 NASG Convention), and provides a parts list.
In this installment the construction commences. Includes many construction diagrams.
The series concludes with the construction of the many details that need to be added to building. Includes construction diagrams, and close-up photos, as well as a parts list.
The author took kits from HO- and O-scale and modified them to fit S. It is a brief photo essay, showing the models.
Scaled drawings of a typical freight station built in the late 1800s to early 1900s, with suggestions for how to model it.
A scale diagram showing the Plastruct-designed gravel loading structure.
The author describes how he added more details to the 2006 NASG Special Project kit. Includes a couple of photos of the author's model.
Using two Plasticville coaling towers, this coal dealer structure can be built using the authors step-by-step instructions and accompanying photos.
The author describes how he modified a Grand River Models kit to turn it into a freight house.
Prototype photos and a track plan for the two grain storage facilities found in Clinton, Wisconsin in 1993.
Using HO-scale track and cheaply-acquired HO-scale gondolas, the author shortened the cars to make S-scale jennies (coal mine carts). Includes several construction photos.
The author describes how he scratchbuilt a modern grain silo, and the associated equipment. Includes lots of construction photos and prototype data. See the web site link for the new, permanent location of the supplemental files the author provided as part of this article. (related web page)
The author provides a description of the construction of the kit. Includes several photos.
Photos and a description of the grain elevators of Linn County Co-op in Alburnett, IA.
A few photos of grain elevators.
Photos and drawings.
The author shows how he used some bottle caps and drip-irrigation pipefittings to make a structure for moving Soylent Green into tank cars on a siding.
Showing several variations of the NASG's special-projects kit members of the Miami Valley S Gaugers club have made.
The author reviews the construction of the pre-fab, metal-sided building styrene kit, including the integration of the structure into their club layout.
The author provides information about how he built this mine building. It includes scale drawings, a materials list, and photos of the complete model.
The author shares his experience building the Pro Patria Mill by banta modelworks.
Gerry reviews and describes how he built the kit.
Small prototype photos and a track plan for the layout of a coal dealer positioned in a triangle.
The author describes how he converted the Campbell HO-scale J.K. Jansen's Seed & Grocery Store Warehouse Kit #436 to be suitable for S-scale. Includes several photos of the finished model.
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