General News

This page covers individual/personal sales, books, magazines, videos, train show reports, etc. Click on the "Web Site" link to the left of the announcement to visit the web page.

March 26, 2017

The S Scale Resource Available

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The latest issue of this free magazine is now available for online viewing or downloading.

March 23, 2017

Chip Romig's Collection on eBay

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Chip Romig, from the Dallas, Texas area, passed away last year. His extensive collection of S-scale products are now available at the auction site eBay. Currently mostly SHS cars are listed, but the page indicates that all the other products will be listed over time.

March 15, 2017

Chuck Kemper Shares Photos of His First Layout

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Chuck shares photos he took of his first layout that he built for his sons and himself. In about a year he accomplished a lot.

February 16, 2017

S-scale in "C&NWHS Modeler" Online Magazine

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Dan Vandermause wrote an article about how to model the C&NW covered hoppers in S-scale in the "C&NWHS Modeler" online magazine. Includes model photos by several other S-scale modelers, too.

January 24, 2017

The S Scale Resource Available

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The latest issue is now available for viewing or downloading.

December 03, 2016

Trevor Nunn's "Trowland"

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If you enjoy British-style model railroads, you might enjoy Trevor Nunn's latest effort, called "Trowland". Photos of the layout are now shared on the British S Scale Model Railway Society web site.

November 28, 2016

Track Talk Live November

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A (recorded) live-stream event featuring a Q&A with Doug Hodgdon and Steve Doyle, who happen to both model in S-scale, with part of their layouts visible in the backgrounds. Be sure to check out their collection of handy tip videos.

November 28, 2016

The S Scale Resource Available

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The latest issue of this free magazine is now available for online viewing or downloading.

November 24, 2016

Mike Fyten's Layout on Trainmasters.tv

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This is a subscription-based 20-minute video of Mike's layout. It is professionally-shot and very well lit. Includes an interview with Mike. Freely available is a PDF file of his layout's track plan.

November 09, 2016

Sn2 Crew Layout Photos

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On his web site, George Dutka (O-scale modeler) shared a few photos of the Sn2 Crew's Randolph, Maine module shown at a recent train show.

November 02, 2016

All Scale Rails Magazine Features Ron Schlicht's Layout

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This issue features Ron Schlicht's very nice layout.

August 25, 2016

S Scale Workshop at Exporail 2016

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Simon Parent shares photos of the S Scale Workshop group at the 2016 edition of Exporail (click on the link). Fellow club member Trevor Marshall also took photos and provides a blog post on his web site. This club does some amazing work!

August 21, 2016

Jay Mellon's NASG Convention Vendor Report

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As has become my custom, I have prepared a report detailing the activities from the vendor room at the recent 2016 NASG convention in Novi, MI. I have no financial ties with any vendors reported herein, but only wish to convey what was available during the convention. I apologize to those whom I may have overlooked.

American Models - Ron Bashista had a nice display of his products, including the Texas & Pacific set and the new dome passenger cars for previously released train sets (available 9/2016).

Des Plaines Hobbies - Ron Sebastian had a large selection of S Scale America product and decals, as well as the recently released Thrall gondola kit.

East-West Rail Service - Al Castellani had his reefer icing facility on display, as well as the new Southern Pacific stock car kit (S-40-5). It will be available in January, 2017.

Fox Valley Models - A display of their products was included on the DPH tables. Products include 36" flex track (code 138) and #5 RH, LH turnouts (both scale and hi-rail).

Hoquat Hobbies - Despite having announced his 'retirement' in December, 2015, Jeff Wilson had a lot of S product in Novi, including structure kits, special run cars, vehicle models, etc. (left over inventory). Contact him to see if he has what you're looking for.

Jeff Madden - He had his usual selection of truck vehicle models, as well as available SHS track products.

Roy Meissner - He had a display of his custom truck models, as well as NASG-themed products.

Michigan Models - Although he down-sized his operation in 2012, Tom Hawley had lots of S product in the vendor hall (e.g. American Models). ("I keep finding more stuff.") He continues as a dealer for Smoky Mountain Model Works kits.

Milepost 169 - Ken Zieska had assorted structure kits, as well as the new Monster Modelworks kit that was used in the model contest.

O Scale Turnouts - New vendor Bill McConnell had his O-scale turnouts on display (quality examples). He is proposing to produce S scale code 100 #5 turnouts (RH, LH) with isolated frogs, as well as #5 hirail turnouts (code 125); also, other track products, depending upon demand (wcm@oscaleturnouts.com).

Pikesville Models - Dave Blum had his usual large selection of American Flyer products. He recently entered the structure kit market with a high rise building kit.

Port Lines Hobbies - Doug Peck had his expected display of S products, along with S estate sale products.

River Raisin Models - Dan Navarre had a display of his gorgeous brass models. Recent news is 'The Early Berkshires' project is in GO status and includes an addition of an Illinois Central model. Contact him ASAP if interested in these models.

Royal Models - They had a display of S scale detail parts (signs, etc.)

S Scale Resource - Dan Dawdy was there to promote his online magazine. You can download a pdf file for free!

Scenery Unlimited - Don Heimberger had his usual selection of books, S rolling stock and detail parts.

Tomalco Track - Larry Morton had a nice display of his S scale track products (turnouts, flex track) in code 100, 83 and 70 (?).

There were also numerous vendors selling S product (e.g. AF, SHS, MTH) from their personal collections. This was most likely the best selection of S products that you will see this year. The Southeast Michigan S Gaugers club did an excellent jot of putting together this convention.

Jay Mellon
New Orleans, LA

August 19, 2016

New S-scale MMR

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Jerry Wilson, Sn3 modeler from Texas, attains the NMRA Master Model Railroader status, #577.

July 16, 2016

Looking for Articles

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The S Scale Resource is looking for more articles from S-scale modelers. So, if you have a topic that you would like to write about, consider contacting Amy and Dan Dawdy (see web site link).

July 12, 2016

Installing BlueRail System into an SW9

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BlueRail Trains posts an article about how Darby Marriot installed their system, along with battery-power into his S-Helper Service SW9 locomotive. The article includes installation photos. It is also another good way to promote S-scale to other modelers. Click the web site link to read the article.

June 21, 2016

Bob Nicholson Layout For Sale

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Bob Nicholson is having to sell his entire S-scale collection. His layout needs to go as well. He does not have an inventory of what he has, but he has engines, cars, and lots of unbuilt kits. Contact Bob via the e-mail link on the left if you are interested in helping Bob.

June 09, 2016

Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Revisited

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S-scale modeler David Guillaudeu wrote this Arcadia Publishing book. This railroad ran in northern Virginia and became the very popular W&OD Railroad Regional Park and trail. Paul McCray, the previous trail park manager has written a chapter on the trail's history. The book is being published by Arcadia Publishing of Charleston, South Carolina, and will be released July 18. Coverage includes interurbans, Rosslyn Virginia, grain mills, and maintaining the right of way.

June 09, 2016

New Model Railroad Video Web Site

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S-scale's Steve Doyle is the managing editor of the new Model Railroad Academy web site that features model railroad videos, including the ones from Allen Keller (previously only available on VHS tapes or DVDs, but upon Allen's retirement were taken off the market). Some content is free, but most require a monthly or annual membership.

May 16, 2016

Lost/Stolen Trains

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Ed Loizeaux announced that a recent large package of 18 S-scale freight cars was "lost" by USPS. Here's Ed's comment: "On the assumption that S-scale stuff will eventually find its way to a convention, swap meet, eBay, club meeting, hobby shop, or elsewhere, I am posting the contents here in the hope that if someone runs across these items they will let me know promptly. I have been told that the police and eBay are very good at dealing with these kinds of situations. Your eyes and ears at work on my behalf will be most appreciated." The package included the following (most, but not all, cars have Kadee HO couplers and NWSL non-magnetic scale wheels installed):

40' box cars:
1. PRS B&O Sentinel, blue & silver
2. PRS B&O Sentinel, blue & silver
3. PRS DRGW cookie box, white
4. PRS SP Overnight, aluminum
5. AF NH orange
6. AM Rutland, yellow & green
7. PRS NP, green
8. PRS NH, orange
9. PRS GN, red

34' covered hoppers 2-bay:
10. NASG/Overland Lehigh Valley, gray, brass
11. SHS B&M, gray
12. SHS Polybor-chlorate, gray
13. SHS NYC, gray
14. SHS ATSF, red
15. SHS SOO, red.

50' covered hoppers 3-bay:
16. SHS ATSF, gray
17. SHS Bakelite, white & red.

53' gondola:
18. AM KOPPERS, white (striking custom paint job)

May 15, 2016

Trainmaster.tv S-CAB Video

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Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine's Trainmaster.tv has a how-to episode (subscription or payment required) where Miles Hale shows our own Trevor Marshall how he installed the S-CAB R/C and battery-powered control system into an engine. The models he uses are re-gauged S-Helper Service switchers (Miles models in On3/30).

May 07, 2016

Dan Vandermause's C&NW Article

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Dan had his article for building a set of S-scale C&NW passenger cars published in the free online modeling magazine of the Chicago & North Western Historical Society (see Volume #9, Issue #1).

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