The Dispatch is the bi-monthly magazine of the NASG published in January, March, May, July, September, and November of each year. Each issue is full of information about the NASG, news relevant to S modelers, and modeling topics that cover standard-gauge modeling, narrow-gauge modeling, hi-rail modeling, and American Flyer collecting and operating. The Dispatch is included as part of your NASG membership.
Each issue contains over 30 pages with color photos, professional-quality track plan designs, editorials, how-to modeling articles, layout feature articles, and several regular columns. Printed on high-quality paper. Pictured on the right is the current issue.
For NASG members whom have also signed up for access to the "Members Only" portal of this web site, the PDF of the new issue will be available as soon as the webmaster receives it from the editor.
Contact person: Dan Dawdy
We have our complete collection of Dispatch back issues available on this web site. Printed copies of back issues may be available by contacting the NASG BOT. However, the older-than-one-year digital PDF versions are freely available.
All of the publicly-available Dispatch issues have been indexed. This means that each article is documented in the listings below, and a brief summary of its content is provided. As new issues become publicly-available, their articles will also be documented.
The new Dispatch has introduced a column called the "Pop Valve". It is somewhat similar to letters-to-the-editor type of columns you'll find in other magazines. This is your opportunity to submit your thoughts, comments, questions, ideas, and suggestions related to the NASG, the NASG BOT, "S", the Dispatch, the NASG web site, and/or a message that you would like to share with fellow NASG members. Please send your thoughts to the Dispatch Editor, Dan Dawdy, and he will make a call as to which ones to publish, and, of course, if he has the space to do so. Let's make the Dispatch a "publication of the members, by the members, and for the members"; we want to hear from you!
We invite you to write an article, submit a photo, or even consider becoming a regular columnist. The NASG does not pay for articles published in the Dispatch, but it is a great place to gain experience if you've never written an article before. The editor will provide his assistance. Contact the editor via the e-mail address linked to above.
Deadlines are only applicable to time-sensitive material; all other content submitted for possible publication are published at the editor's discretion.
Dan asks that columnists send in their column during the first week of the month two months before the magazine's date. The columnists' content is given a high priority and their size may have an impact on which articles can be run in a particular issue, so Dan would like to have the columns early to help him plan better.
You can send Dan, for his consideration, your article and/or photos via e-mail or by using DropBox (for the latter, you may want to contact Dan via e-mail first).
All ads in the Dispatch are now in full color, at no extra charge. To discuss advertising opportunities or if you have any questions regarding advertising, please contact our Central Vice President, Brian Jackson.
Dan Dawdy is the editor starting with the July/August 2022 issue of the Dispatch. Together with his wife, Amy, they run The Model Railroad Resource, LLC, which is a company that publishes the bi-monthly S Scale Resource and the O Scale Resource digital magazines, on alternating months, as well as sells S and O 3D-printed parts and details. Both of these magazines are available for free from their web site for reading or downloading. They are "scale" oriented only.