NASG Dispatch Articles: Track

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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