About This Web Site

The purpose of this web site is:

  1. to aid the NASG organization;
  2. to support the "S" community;
  3. to provide information for those interested in S-scale modeling.

We are always interested in improving this web site. If you would like to offer feedback, contribute photos, new ideas, or provide updated information, please contact the webmaster.

2016 Web Site Upgrade

On September 1, 2016, this web site received a major facelift. For those who were familiar with the old version of this site, this is a handy map to find things on this new web site.


(the previous web site's home page)
Old
New
 
 
Main "About" button

The old page covered many topics. The core NASG information can now be found by clicking on the NASG button on the left, and then the About the NASG menu entry. Information about the NASG leadership can be found by clicking on the NASG button, and then the Contact Us menu entry. The NASG Standards can be found by clicking on the NASG button, and then the NASG "S" Standards menu entry. The annual NASG Awards can be found by clicking on the NASG button, and then the NASG Awards menu entry.

Main "Events" button

All of the event listings can be found by clicking on the News & Events button on the left, and then the "S" Events menu entry.

Main "Membership" button

The membership page can now be found by clicking on the NASG button on the left, and then the Membership menu entry.

Main "The Dispatch" button

The Dispatch page (and the back issues) can now be found by clicking on the NASG button on the left, and then on the The Dispatch menu entry.

Main "F.A.Q." button

The old F.A.Q. page has been eliminated, but not its content; it has been spread around. The very basics about S-scale are now covered on the "Tell me about S-scale" page, accessed via the block in the upper, right-hand corner of the home page. The couplers content that used to be on that page now has its own dedicated page. You can access that via the Extra Board button on the left, and then the Modeling Notes menu entry; one of the entries shown on that page is the Couplers topic.

Main "Clubs" button

The content of the old Clubs page has been spread over the menu options shown when you click on the "S" Clubs button on the right.

Main "News" button

The old News page contained 13 categories for different types of news. These have been combined and simplified. You can access all the news information via the News & Events button on the left.

Main "Scale Modeling" button

All of the Scale Modeling content is now available via the Scale Modeling button on the right.

Main "American Flyer" button

All of the American Flyer content is now available via the American Flyer button on the right.

Main "S Resources" button

The S Resource pages of the old site has been completely revised and refreshed. The various product categories are now directly available via the S Resources button on the left. The Dispatch and RMC advertisers listings can now be viewed via the S Resources button's "* The Complete Listing *" menu entry. The index of magazine articles that used to be on the old page can now be found by clicking on the Extra Board button on the right, and then the Magazine Indexes menu entry.

Main "Product Gallery" button

We had already moved the pure American Flyer product gallery to the American Flyer section, so that is continued with this new web site design. The dedicated Product Gallery page of the old web site has now been moved to be a menu on the Scale Modeling button on the right.

Main "Site" button

The old web site had a Site button that became a catch-all for a lot of information, including a listing of the nearly daily updates to this web site. Most of the unchanging content of that old page is now captured on this page (see further below). The "Recent Web Site Changes" section of that old page is now gone. However, all of the new-product announcements and events are always updated and can be found by clicking on the News & Events button on the left, and pick the category of interest. One of the menu entries on that button is the Web Site Changes, which shows major content additions or changes made to the web site that may warrant your attention.

Main "NASG Convention" button

Everything about the NASG Conventions, past, present, and future, is now accessible via the News & Events button on the left, and then clicking on the NASG Convention menu entry.

Main "NASG Store" button

The old site's Store page is now spread out over the menu of the Store button on the left, with each category of purchases having its own dedicated page.

Main "Featured S Video" button

This has been moved to the Extra Board button on the right, and accessible via the Featured Video menu entry.

Main "Webmaster" button

On the old site, this button took you to a page from where you could contact the NASG webmaster. That page is still available by clicking on the NASG button on the left, and then click on the Contact Us menu entry. At the very bottom of that page is a link to the Contact the Webmaster page.

Be sure to read the sections below to learn about how the new web site has been organized. We believe that you will, eventually, find it much easier to use than the previous one.

Menu Buttons

The buttons you see on the left- and right-hand side of the page are available on every page. This makes it easy for you to go from any page to any other page quickly. When you click on one of the buttons, a menu appears. Click on any of the entries on that menu to go to that page. The menu isn't one of those "twitchy" ones; it requires a click to show it and a click to dismiss it. The menus allow us to provide direct access to a lot of pages on this web site, and they can be easily extended over time if need be.

Button Content

The NASG button takes you to pages that contain information about the NASG itself, about applying for or renewing your NASG membership, access to the Members Only section of this web site, and many other member services. Anything specifically related to the NASG will be found there.

The News & Events button leads to pages that list upcoming events that feature or have S-scale clubs showing their layouts. It also leads to pages that show all the latest news related to modeling in S-scale, including information about the annual NASG Convention. Anything time-sensitive will be listed on those pages.

The Store button leads to our online store where you can buy the products the NASG has for sale, both to members and non-members.

The S Resources button links to the various categories for products that are available on the market for S-scale modelers. It quite literally lists all known companies, manufacturers, retailers, etc. that manufacture or carry anything useful to S-scale modelers.

The Scale Modeling button takes you to pages that show modeling in the "scale" side of S-scale. Included are photos modelers have contributed to this web site, a complete listing of known S-scale engines and cars, trucks, structures, and automobiles. There is a page that contains hundreds of links to other web sites or online videos featuring S-scale modeling. Also covered in this section are the various narrow-gauges.

The American Flyer button links to pages that delve more deeply into A.C. Gilbert American Flyer products, topics, layout photos, collecting, and links to web sites and online videos. Note that the more modernday Lionel products are covered in the "Scale Modeling" section of this web site.

The "S" Clubs button provides not only a complete listing of all known S-scale model railroad clubs, but also information about how the NASG supports S-scale clubs.

The Extra Board button leads to pages that don't really fit within any of the above categories, but still provide useful and interesting information.

Going Back

On some pages, for example the various Product Gallery pages, you may follow a link to a secondary page. To return back to the previous page, you can hit the web browser's back button, or you can click on the big green left-pointing arrow in the top right corner of the web page (shown here on the right). Of course, you can always use the main buttons on the left- or right-hand side as well.

Common Tasks

Applying for NASG Membership

Click on the NASG button on the left, and then click on the Membership menu entry. There are yellow buttons there for joining the NASG.

Renewing NASG Membership

Click on the NASG button on the left, and then click on the Membership menu entry. There are yellow buttons there for renewing your NASG membership.

Contacting a Member of the Board

Click on the NASG button on the left, and then click on the Contact Us menu entry. Click on the name of the person to whom you would like to send an e-mail.

Contacting the Webmaster

Click on the NASG button on the left, and then click on the Contact Us menu entry. At the very bottom of that page is a link to the Contact the Webmaster page.

"Members Only" Section

Click on the NASG button on the left, and then click on the Membership menu entry. The bottom half of that page covers the Members Only section.

NASG Conventions

Click on the News & Events button on the left, and then click on the NASG Convention menu entry.

Finding a Document

Click on the NASG button on the left, and then click on the Downloadable Documents menu entry.

Contributions

We heavily rely on members of the S-scale community (NASG member or not!) to provide the content of this web site, and to keep it fresh and updated. If you have any photos of your layout, a locomotive or car, or activities at an "S" event, please consider e-mailing that to the webmaster.

Find Out What's New

You may recognize the orange icon shown on the right. Many web sites support the "RSS" feed. "RSS" stands for "Really Simple Syndication". It provides a listing of recent updates the webmaster has made to his or her web site. For visitors who "subscribe" to the RSS feed, his or her web browser will be able to show that listing. This means that you can quickly see if there have been any updates to the site, and, if so, follow a link directly to the updated page.

The NASG web site supports an RSS feed. Each time a page is updated, the feed is also updated, so that you can see what is new on the site. To subscribe to the RSS feed cost nothing and is trivial. All you have to do is click the orange icon above, and your web browser does the rest. Each web browser has their own way of integrating the RSS feed. If you are really into this, you can even get dedicated software applications that will help you view and manage many RSS feeds.

Model Railroad Hobbyist (the free online magazine) has a great tutorial on YouTube talking about RSS feeds and how you can subscribe to them. Note that model railroaders who maintain their own web site about their layout may also have RSS feeds, so you can subscribe to any number of them.

Internet Explorer: they are called RSS feeds (more info...).
Windows 10 Edge: does not support RSS feeds; use Internet Explorer instead.
Firefox: RSS feed subscriptions are called "Live Bookmarks" in the Firefox browser (more info...).
Google Chrome: doesn't support RSS feeds; use a dedicated feed reader software application (more info...).
Opera: RSS feed subscriptions are supported (more info...).
Safari: RSS feed subscriptions are supported (more info...).

How To Search This Site

To do a keyword search of this entire site, you might want to try the DuckDuckGo search engine. If you have never used this search engine, it is very easy to use. Just enter one or more keywords in the edit field at the top of its page, and press the magnifier glass icon/button. It will only show pages for this site. The search engine has a weird name, but it is simple, quick, and most importantly, it does not track what you search for, like the other search engines do.

Site Icon on Your Desktop

It is relatively easy to make a shortcut to the NASG web site on your computer's Desktop (i.e. background).

This example shows Windows 7, but this is a feature that is possible in all versions of Windows. It may be different using the Mac.

The technique shown here works for Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox. It will also work for other web browsers. To make a Desktop icon to the NASG web site (or any other web site for that matter), do the following steps.

  1. Since you are already viewing the NASG web site, click on the NASG logo above left, to go to the NASG web site's home page.
  2. Make the web browser's window smaller, and move, minimize, or close any other applications that prevent you from seeing the Desktop in the background.
  3. Note a small icon to the left of the "http://www.nasg.org/" text in the web browser's address bar.
  4. Click on that icon with the left mouse button, and do not let go of the mouse button.
  5. Drag the mouse until it is over some open space in the Desktop. You will see a faint outline and a horizontal bar (as shown in the screen capture above).
  6. Once it is over some open space, let go of the mouse button.
  7. You will now have a Desktop icon that takes you directly to the NASG web site the next time you double-click on it.

Not Seeing the Latest?

If for some reason you are not seeing updates on one or more pages when you visit the NASG web site, it could be that your web browser is "caching" the information.

The quickest way to make sure you see the latest version of a page, especially pages that are updated regularly, press F5 or your web browser's Refresh button or menu command. This will force the browser to retrieve the latest version of the page. If that still doesn't work, read on.

To speed up your browsing of web sites, most web browsers will download the site's images, and sometimes even the texts, and store those on your computer. Then, later when you go visit the web site again, the browser will first check to see if the necessary images are already in your computer's storage. If so, it will load those instead, rather than get the same info from the NASG web site server again. The pages will appear faster for you.

However, if the site was just updated, it may not get the latest information. From a webmaster's point of view, each page could be set up to automatically force a download from the server each time visitors visit the page. However, that can be time-consuming, since a lot of the pages on this site don't really change that often.

If you experience the above-mentioned problem, you can tell your web browser to clear its "cache", so that it then goes and gets the latest data from the NASG web site server. To do this, for example in Microsoft Internet Explorer, click on its "Tools" menu, and then click on the "Internet Options" menu command. In the Internet Options window, be sure that the "General" tab is displayed. Click on the "Delete..." button in the second section, which is called "Browsing History". The Delete Browser History window appears. In that window, check the options shown in the screen capture below (right), and press the "Delete" button at the bottom of that window. When finished, close the two windows. The next time you visit the NASG web site (or any web site for that matter), you will be assured to get the latest information.

Firefox provides the same functionality via its "Tools | Options" menu command. In its Options window, click on the "Privacy" button along the top. In the second section, "History", click on the "Settings..." button to the right of "Clear history when Firefox closes". It has similar options to those that are shown in the screen capture above.

Google Tracking

The NASG web site does not use Google to measure web site traffic, so, here you are free from Google's tracking of your every move on the Internet. We only use generic server statistics, so there is no way for us to uniquely identify your visit to this site, nor see which pages you specifically went to visit. So, enjoy your visit to our site; no one is watching you! :-)

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