Improving the look and the performance of the PRS truck by removing the springs section and adding "real" springs. Includes photos.
The sideframes of early S-Helper Service freight car trucks tend to cant inwards, so this article describes two ways to fix that issue.
The author describes the mask he made so that he could paint the freight car wheels and not everything else.
A review of the standard North American truck used from the late 1930s on, which has self-aligning, spring-plankless, and double-truss plain bearings.
The author describes how he converted some A.F. train sets' cars to be used for Civil War equipment. Includes several photos of completed models.
Prototype information about tack boards. S-scale placards can be ordered from the Dispatch editor.
The series continues with converting A.F. cars to scale models, by converting a quad hopper, and a wine tank car. Includes diagrams and model photos.
The author describes how to create a Virginian-style rotary coal car and a transfer caboose. Includes model photos and diagrams.
A listing of the annual NASG Convention cars from 1985 through 2010.
This is a follow-up article describing other modelers who have completed their Perma-Built freight car kits recently. Includes several photos of models
The idea is to decorate one side of a car for one railroad name or road number, and the other for another.
The page includes a scale weight guide. Place a car on it, and the scale will tell you what the model should weigh in S-scale to meet the NMRA/NASG standards.
Bill Lane contributes the idea of using music wire to reinforce the stirrups on Pacific Rail Shops' cars. Includes photos.
Some early S-Helper Service trucks' sideframes leaned out an angle. Bill Mark, Jr. presents his solution to resolve that.
The author shares a good number of photos of models are older ones in his collection.
How to build a reasonable selection of freight and passenger cars for narrow-gauge trains.
How to add car tags to freight cars. A sample set of tags is provided on the page, as well as some photos of models.
How to convert an ACF 3-bay covered hopper to a ACF 2-bay hopper.
Some ideas on changing things up a bit with freight cars, such as leaving off the journal box caps, leaving previous ownership paint schemes partially visible, odd gondola ends, hoppers freeze so a fire would be started next to them to defrost their load leading to interesting weathering,
Bachmann On30 flat cars, gondolas, and tank cars are a perfect fit for standard-gauge S-scale models. The author describes what he does to these to complete their conversion. Includes close-up and finished-model photos.
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