NASG Dispatch Articles: Track

A Look at Current S Scale Track Products

Issue:
2007 #6 December
Page:
36
Author:
Dick Karnes
Description:

After covering some general advice about track laying, the author provides a quick review of the various S-scale manufacturers that produce track products (at the time of the article's writing).

A Practical Rail Inspection Car

Issue:
1988 #5 December
Page:
18
Author:
Ernie Horr
Description:

Building your own track inspection car from a piece of plexiglass and two trucks.

A Simple, Cheap Switch Machine

Issue:
2003 #1 February
Page:
18
Author:
Dick Karnes
Description:

The author describes how he uses the DPDT switches to control the turnout's throwbar and the polarity to the frog. Includes an installation diagram.

A Track-cleaning Car for Your Tinplate Layout

Issue:
1993 #6 December
Page:
21
Author:
Gene Kelley
Description:

Using a strip of Masonite hardboard to help clean the rails. Includes a construction diagram and a parts list.

Association of American Railroads Signal Manual

Issue:
1999 #1 February
Page:
30
Author:
unaccredited
Description:

Prototype drawings of a highway crossing signal and signs.

Bashing Atlas HO Switches to S

Issue:
1994 #3 June
Page:
34
Author:
Robert Nicholson
Description:

A couple of photos of how the author cuts award a commercial turnout and adjusts the gauge to fit S-scale.

Basic Turnout Wiring

Issue:
1987 #1 Winter
Page:
14
Author:
Stan Stokrocki
Description:

Turnouts by several manufacturers are described how to hook them up electrically.

Convert Atlas HO Scale Customline Switches to S

Issue:
2013 #2 April
Page:
26
Author:
Robert Nicholson
Description:

The author describes his process of taking Atlas HO-scale commercial turnouts and converting them to work in S-scale.

Cuyahoga Valley's Track Joints for Portable Hi-rail Layout Sections

Issue:
1986 #4 Fall
Page:
4
Description:

Information about how the Cuyahoga Valley S Gaugers achieved their smooth track-running on their club layout at the 1986 NASG Convention.

Easy Tracklaying

Issue:
1988 #2 June
Page:
6
Author:
Charlie Sandersfeld
Description:

The author describes how his group (the S Team) of modelers lay their track quickly.

Foam Ballast

Issue:
1995 #1 February
Page:
11
Author:
Ted Larson
Description:

Bob Daniel shares how he makes ballast from ground-up styrofoam coffee cups.

How To Build and Install a Closed Frog Switch

Issue:
2004 #2 April
Page:
10
Author:
Tom Robichaud
Description:

To be able to operate both AF and hi-rail/scale equipment, turnout have to be of the closed-frog variety. This article describes how to build and install one of these. The author used Micro Engineering code 148 rail (compatible with American Models' track), and Circuitron's Tortoise switch machines. Includes many close-up photos.

How to Design a Helix

Issue:
1997 #1 February
Page:
18
Author:
David Avedesian
Description:

How to design a helix and the things one should consider in building one. It includes the math needed, and look-up tables.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2001 #1 February
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

What to consider when deciding what your minimum radius should be for your layout?

More on Re-gauging Atlas HO Switches

Issue:
1996 #1 February
Page:
20
Author:
Robert Nicholson
Description:

The author does a follow-up article to his 1994 article, answering questions, and showing more detailed photos.

Narrow Gauge Industrial Railroads

Issue:
2015 #3 May
Page:
22
Author:
Edwin C. Kirstatter
Description:

A small industrial switching area with a turntable can be easily built to hand-switch cars in an industrial complex. Includes two photos.

NASG Trackwork and Wheel Standard

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

Information about the current NASG track standard. Includes a listing of track and brass models that comply with that standard.

Prototype View

Issue:
1992 #6 December
Page:
24
Author:
Mike Palmiter
Description:

Photos of complex prototype track work. Also includes a photo of the author's dummy crossovers on his layout, to give the impression of complex trackwork.

Query Jerry

Issue:
1983 #3 Summer
Page:
4
Author:
unaccredited
Description:

A person only known as "Jerry" answers modeling questions. This installment covers how to keep your track clean, and hand-laying track on a curve.

S Lore

Issue:
1992 #5 October
Page:
25
Author:
various authors
Description:

Using automotive choke cables to control turnouts.

S Lore

Issue:
1992 #6 December
Page:
28
Author:
Mike Palmiter
Description:

What size rail height should S-scale modelers use?

S Tracks

Issue:
2009 #1 February
Page:
12
Author:
Sam Powell
Description:

This article describes grade crossings and ideas for how to model them.

S Tracks

Issue:
2011 #3 June
Page:
18
Author:
Sam Powell
Description:

How does one get foreign-road cars on one's layout? Via the Interchange Track. This unique and easy-to-model track is fully discussed in this article, which includes how to integrate it into your layout's operational scheme.

Scratchbuilt Closing Frog Switches

Issue:
2000 #1 February
Page:
18
Author:
Bill Krause
Description:

This article covers how the Connecticut S Gaugers built #6 and #8 closed-frog turnouts for their club layout. Includes diagrams.

Short And Easy

Issue:
1993 #6 December
Page:
20
Author:
Kent Singer
Description:

This column covers John Long's idea for adjusting the Centerline HO-scale Rail Cleaner for use in S-scale.

Short and Easy

Issue:
1995 #5 October
Page:
22
Author:
Kent Singer
Description:

A guest column by Gaylord Gill describes how he built a track elevation gauge to help him construct his layout.

Short and Easy

Issue:
1995 #6 December
Page:
30
Author:
Kent Singer
Description:

This article shows how to Frank Andrews uses an ordinary push-pin as a means to hold the points of a turnout in position. The pin is decorated to look like a tall turnout target.

Short and Easy

Issue:
1996 #3 June
Page:
28
Author:
Kent Singer
Description:

The author describes how to cut an HO-scale Rix Rail-it down the middle length-wise and rebuild it as an S-scale rerailer.

Short and Easy

Issue:
1998 #6 December
Page:
9
Author:
Kent Singer
Description:

The author shares the description he got from Joe Scales about how to make installing the Del-Aire Air Motor (switch machine) better. The article is supposed to show a photo, but it was not included in the issue (see February 1999, page 14 for the drawing).

Special Track Work on the Lehigh & Western

Issue:
2014 #2 April
Page:
11
Author:
David Heine
Description:

The author describes his reasoning for, and his method of, hand-laying track. Instead of using ready-made components, he designed his layout the way he wanted to, and then built the track accordingly. David's layout uses standard-gauge, and three-foot and two-foot narrow-gauge lines.

Straight & Narrow

Issue:
2010 #1 February
Page:
20
Author:
David Heine
Description:

Using N-scale track to model an Sn22 tramway (using banta modelworks' kit T-2121, Sn2 Ore Tram Mine Cars).

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
1997 #5 October
Page:
22
Author:
David Heine
Description:

Prototype and model information about dual-gauge track and turnouts.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
1997 #6 December
Page:
17
Author:
David Heine
Description:

How to model in other narrow gauges other than 3-foot in S-scale (Sn2, Sn42).

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
1998 #5 October
Page:
23
Author:
David Heine
Description:

The author suggests trying to build an interchange between standard- and narrow-gauge tracks. The article also contains information about an Sn2 discussion list.

The 'S'traight & Narrow Part II

Issue:
1998 #6 December
Page:
23
Author:
David Heine
Description:

The author continues with how to model an interchange between standard- and narrow-gauge tracks.

The 'S'traight & Narrow

Issue:
2001 #6 December
Page:
21
Author:
David Heine
Description:

This column discusses narrow-gauge curves, grades, clearances, and rail.

Track Construction The Rutland Way

Issue:
1988 #3 August
Page:
16
Author:
unaccredited
Description:

This long article covers track laying from beginning to end. Includes prototype photos of turnouts (close-up), and a turnout detailing diagram.

Track Planning in S Part VIII

Issue:
2011 #1 February
Page:
22
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

Using two standard modules with some temporary track to be able to model an L-shaped switching layout.

Trade News And Views

Issue:
1986 #2 Spring
Page:
9
Author:
Don Thompson
Description:

Since there are now other magazines reporting on S-scale's new products, the author has decided to change his product-announcement column to one that reviews currently-available products, with this column covering S-scale track products.

Trade News And Views

Issue:
1986 #4 Fall
Page:
6
Author:
Don Thompson
Description:

The author reviews the current crop of S-scale turnouts that are available.

Turnout Actuating Mechanism for Houston S Gaugers Modular Layout

Issue:
1996 #6 December
Page:
18
Author:
Jack Troxell
Description:

A set of diagrams (only) of how the author constructed the turnout control mechanism for the turnouts on the Houston S Gaugers' club layout. It uses a DPDT slide switch to manipulate the throwbar and the frog's power routing.

What Size Rail is Correct?

Issue:
2013 #6 December
Page:
26
Author:
David Heine
Description:

The author re-evaluated the rail heights for his sidings and branch lines. He shares the research he did (standard- and narrow-gauge).

Whiteoak Models Code 100 Turnouts

Issue:
2001 #3 June
Page:
9
Author:
Kelvin White
Description:

The owner of Whiteoak Models describes the turnouts he has manufactured and sells.

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