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These are the current photos in background rotation on the home page. Click the photo below to see the larger version used on the home page. Each weekend a new photo is added to the top of the list, so there is always something new to see. To maintain that pace, we need your photo!

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Bill took this photo of Daniel Dawdy at the January 2016 Amherst train show, as they had a table showcasing The S Scale Resource magazine. Due to recent retirements, "S" is now down to two magazines dedicated to our scale, namely the NASG's The Dispatch and the The S Scale Resource. The Dispatch is a bi-monthly printed (and online) magazine that covers all facets of "S" modeling and requires a membership in the NASG. The S Scale Resource is a bi-monthly free online-only magazine which covers "scale" topics only. To make sure that these two efforts continue to provide us with fun and useful information, be sure to subscribe and also to contribute. Both magazines will accept tips-n-tricks, how-to articles, as well as full-blown layout articles. Remember that both of these magazines can only publish what has been sent to them, so support our community by contributing photos and text. Both of the magazines are ably edited and their editors are easy to work with. They will polish your photos and text, if needed.

Photographer: Bill Lane; used by permission.

Craig's S/Sn3 layout features some beautiful scenes. This photo shows a freight train meeting the San Juan passenger train at Cumbres. The passenger train engine #476 is a 2-8-2, K-28. It was manufactured by Samhongsa, Seoul, Korea and sold by P-B-L in 1988 (see Product Gallery page). The RPO passenger car visible in the train was manufactured by Precision Scale Co. in 1990 (see Product Gallery page). This brass car was part of a four-car set produced by the company that represented the "San Juan" passenger train. The freight train's locomotive #484, a K-36, was made by Overland Models in 1987. The freight cars in the train were all made by P-B-L.

Photographer: Craig Wright; used by permission.

Open for the 2017 NASG Convention, Bill took this photo on Ed Sauers' layout. Ed's layout is still a work in progress, but from this scene, it looks like a very nice one. The Jan/Feb 2018 issue of the NASG's The Dispatch has a feature article on Ed's layout. It represents a B&O branch line, and measures 17'x31'. The article contains more photos and a track plan.

Photographer: Bill Lane; used by permission.

To effectively communicate a rather significant change to the NASG web site, this announcement was added. To see the latest updates, click on the new "Site" button, and then click on the "Web Site Changes" menu option (this menu option used to be on the "News" button).

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In September 2019, members of the Canadian S Scale Workshop set up their Free-mo style modules at the Napanee Model Train Show in Napanee, Ontario. This was the premiere edition of that show, but a second one is scheduled for September 19 & 20, 2020. Just study the detail in this photo. It is an amazing scene. Whenever you have a chance to go see the S Scale Workshop's layout, by all means do so.

Photographer: Simon Parent; used by permission.

Bill has been experimenting with his photography set-up, which includes "photo stacking". This is a method by which one takes a large number of photos where various depths are in focus. For photographing outdoor landscapes, this may be relatively easy, but for the close-up model photography that we do, the single-photo depth-of-field may only have a couple of inches in sharp focus. Using a software application, the photos are combined into one using only the focused areas of each photo. Needless to say, this requires a camera mounted on a stand so that each photo is identical, except for the depth-of-field. This photo, which Bill called the "PRR Alphabet", holds the various PRR steam locomotives he has in his collection. They are from left to right: A5 (0-4-0, "Switcher"), B6 (0-6-0, "Shifter"), I1 (2-10-0, "decapod"), J1 (2-10-4, "Texas"), K4 (4-6-2, "Pacific"), M1a (4-8-2, "Mountain").

Photographer: Bill Lane; used by permission.

Here are some links for learning more about photo stacking:
What is Focus Stacking (also lists software tools)
How to Focus Stack Images
Review of two free software applications

John models a three mile area of eastern Pennsylvania between Pittston and Avoca, on his layout called Lackawanna Valley RR. He has incorporated engines and rolling stock from American Flyer, S-Helper Service, LTI, and American Models.

Photographer: John Pouletsos; used by permission.

The D&RGW 1400-series caboose brings up the markers on an eastbound coal empty near Thompson, Utah. The Book Cliffs dominate the landscape. The caboose is by Division Point, a brass model that Craig detailed and painted.

Photographer: Craig Wright; used by permission.

Engine number 1777 is exiting the Sunland Wash trestle with a local freight heading for Wagon Wheel Yard on Paul's Sundance Branch Railroad.

Photographer: Paul Washburn; used by permission.

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