Saying our Farewell

This page contains the sad news of members of our S-scale community whom have passed on recently. In general, announcements will stay on this page for up to one year. Click on the "Web Site" link to the left of the announcement to visit the web page. Some photos can also be clicked to take you directly to the web page where that product is listed.

February 22, 2018

Dick Cataldi


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George "Richard" Cataldi (a.k.a. Dick) passed away on February 15, 2018 of an apparent heart-attack at the age of 71. Dick was a past president of the NASG (taking over from the first NASG president, Ed Schumacher), and the holder of the NASG Bernie Thomas Memorial Award. Additionally, he was an NASG vice-president, and the creator of the "NASG Newsletter", which Ernie Horr, who took over from Dick, renamed "The Dispatch". Dick also was the election chairman and the NASG special projects chairman in the 1980s. In the 1960s, Dick was instrumental in developing the contest rules used at (pre-)NASG conventions, which later became the foundation for the current Convention contest rules. He was involved in creating the original constitution of the NASG. During that time he was instrumental in creating the mid-western and western regions in the NASG. Dick lived in Virginia, worked for the Association of American Railroads, and was an avid S-scale modeler. Follow the web site link on the left to view his obituary.

January 23, 2018

Ray Mohrlang


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Dale Smith reported the passing of Ray Mohrlang. Ray had lots of photos and information about the original A.C. Gilbert display layouts, which he shared with Dale, so that Dale could incorporate them into his web site, (see link on the left). Dale mentioned that Ray's passion was the history of the large layout which occupied the first floor of the New York Hall of Science from late 1954 to its closing in 1958.

November 20, 2017

Gene Metzgar


Originally posted on October 14, 2017: V. Eugene "Gene" Metzgar Jr., 75, of Lewistown, Pennsylvania, owner of Ye Olde Huff 'n Puff, passed away on October 13, 2017 from cancer. The company produced O, S, and HO kits and detailing parts, some of which were product lines purchased from other companies, such as Stewart and Nixon. Gene and Dorinda bought Ye Olde Huff 'n Puff in 2002. Update: the company's web site,, is now gone.

November 09, 2017

Jake Jacobsen


Jake Jacobsen, an active member of the NASG, the TCA, and his local Golden Gate American Flyer Club, passed away.

Memorial service for Jake Jacobsen will be held at the Sunset View Cemetery and Mortuary, 101 Colusa Ave., El Cerrito, CA, 94530, on November 11th at 1pm.

September 18, 2017

Harry Kidd, Jr


NASG and TCA member Harry S. Kidd, Jr, of Mechanicsburg, PA, passed away on September 10th at the age of 90. Harry worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad in Enola, PA. He had a 16'x32' AF layout, and he had quite a collection of American Flyer equipment, and was a wealth of knowledge of all things AF. His obituary is available online.

August 17, 2017

Bill Fraley


Bill Fraley, Jr. of Hershey, PA passed away in the evening of August 16, 2017, after experiencing a severe stroke about a month before that. He was 87. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary. Bill was a retired Prudential Insurance Manager. Bill was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. The photo shows Bill with his beloved "Jefferson Central Railroad" (named after his son Jeff). Bill started off as an American Flyer collector, but when he met Frank Titman, he switched to building a layout and running his trains, modeling the Reading Railroad. He was very active in the local S-scale club, the Lehigh Valley S Gaugers, and a long-time member of the NASG and the NMRA. He received his NASG Bernie Thomas award at the 2013 NASG Convention. The obituary can be found on this web site.

July 04, 2017

Dan Waskes


Dan Waskes passed away in the last week of June 2017. He had been suffering from health problems for a while. He was a long-time NASG member. Dan lived in Canada for a while, but lived in northern Georgia at the time of his passing. His modeling interest were in the New Haven and the Canadian National. Dan was a founding member of Louisiana's Crescent City S Gaugers.

May 28, 2017

Dave Felmley


David G. Felmley, of Pittsburgh, PA, passed away peacefully on April 12, 2017 after holding off cancer for seventeen years.

Dave was a life-long S-scale modeler, an excellent model builder (S, Sn3, Sn2), and active member of the Pittsburgh S Gaugers.

Dave worked for Westinghouse Electric Company, developing skills as an engineer and machinist which he put to good use in his modeling.

Dave was listed in the S Gauge Herald 1963 Yearbook which shows NMRA membership; he later joined NESGA and NASG. At times his knowledge was tapped as a contest judge for NASG, and he served as convention car coordinator for the 1990 NASG convention.

Dave owned Queen Tool & Mfg. Co., which marketed two kits based on the Rex Engineering flat car in the 1960s.

He had a twelve-foot modular layout built to S-Mod standards which participated in the 1990 Pittsburgh NASG/NMRA convention. During his modeling career, he scratchbuilt, kitbashed, and constructed kits for an astonishing variety of S locomotives, rolling stock, and structures, including a number for the PSG modular layout. In addition to scale model building, he was also an avid collector of toy vehicles, HO (primarily European) and pre-war Lionel tinplate trains, and he was a co-author of Lionel Trains, 1900-1943 Standard of the World.

Dave was a quiet mover, kind and helpful to others, and extremely knowledgeable about prototype and model trains, and S-scale history in particular. He will be greatly missed by the PSG club and the S-scale community.

May 13, 2017

David Tanner


David "Dave" O. Tanner, of Rockton, IL, passed away on May 3, 2017.

April 01, 2017

Dan Peterson


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Dan Peterson, owner of San Juan Decals, passed away this week of a heart-attack. His wife Donna fully intends to keep San Juan Decals going. They produce decals for narrow-gauge railroads, and they recently started producing some structure kits in S-scale.

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