The author and Will Holt attended the Lionel product announcement meeting. Several A.F. products were discussed. Includes photos of the new products for 1996.
The author attended the dealer preview show in Chicago to report on Lionel's plans for 1997. Includes photos of some of the new products shown there.
Don Heimburger is celebrating 35 years of continuous publication of the S Gaugian magazine. This article gives some background on Don.
A listing dated January 15, 1987 of all the known S-scale brass models that came with code 110 wheels.
After mentioning several other major changes in the model railroading industry, the author opines about the need for the S-scale community to adopt the new NASG S-scale standard.
The (uncredited) author shares his memories of Charlie, provides some insight into the man, and the article includes several photos.
Issues related to NASG membership renewals and discount coupons that will be offered by the NASG.
A letter-to-the-editor explains the situation about getting ALCO Models to produce an S-scale brass NYC Niagara.
The author lists things he would like see manufacturers produce in S-scale.
Frank Titman has sold his company, Lehigh Valley Models, to Phil Kehr of K&P Brick & Building Company out of York, PA. Includes photos of some of the company's models.
Announcement of the new CEO at Lionel.
This is an interview-style article conversing with Ron Bashista owner of the S-scale-only American Models company. Includes photos of their products, and some behind-the-scenes images. More photos are found on page 43 (online PDF file only).
The author updates his wish-list for various manufacturers to produce, primarily focusing on rolling stock.
Would other larger model railroading manufacturers consider adding S-scale products to their product line? If so, which ones?
The April Fools edition of the column has the author fantasizing about being an S-scale dictator telling the manufacturers which products they should produce.
The author ponders the need for more modern equipment to be available in S-scale.
Speculating on when the first S-scale plastic-bodied steam locomotive would be produced and what it might be.
Getting enough seed money to make an S-scale project a "go".
In general, S-scale manufacturers have been cognizant of each others' products, so as to avoid duplication-of-effort. However, this column points out a few exceptions. He continues by mentioning the product types that he thinks are best for brass production and those best for plastic models.
The author is making the point that manufacturers should list structure dimensions, rolling stock built dates, paint scheme eras, etc.
What first drew the author to model railroading was advertisements of products shown on a real layout. He wonders why more manufacturers don't do ads like that.
The author adds some of his items to a Christmas-in-July wish-list.
"If you sell S, you need to promote S!", is the editor's opinion, reflecting on how vendors and manufacturers might want to interact with their customer base at train shows.
The editor opines about the future of resin kits in S-scale and what might be produced next.
The editor discusses the various polls that are done within discussion groups to determine what modelers would like to see produced in S-scale.
The author got to visit the Lionel factory and view the new S-scale products, photos of some of which are included in the article.
Representatives of Lionel attended the 1986 NASG Convention, which led to a factory tour at Lionel, all indicating that Lionel is serious about continuing American Flyer products.
The author describes what happened at the January 21, 1992 event. Includes photos of the dignitaries at the event.
A description what can be found in the visitors center and what to expect when you participate in the tours given. Photos of the layout are included (4 tracks of O and one of A.F.).
The previous survey done by the NASG's Manufacturers' Advisory Group was mostly focused on A.F and hi-rail, but more manufacturers are interested in the "scale" side of S-scale, so a new survey was created to include all aspects of S-scale modeling. The results of this survey are shown in this article.
Introduction of Fred and Dolores Rouse who bought S Scale Locomotive & Supply.
Introduction to Earl Eshelman, who manufactured O- and S-scale turnouts and track.
Following the official press release, Don explains why the delay in making the announcement. The article also covers a bit of company history.
This is a report of a small meeting with several representatives from different companies, and NASG representatives.
A report of what happened during a meeting of several NASG officers and employees of Lionel, in an interview style.
A list of the author's wishes that he would like manufacturers to produce in S-scale.
The author shares an interview he did with Mt. Albert Scale Lumber owner Gerry Cornwell about his company, his manufacturing practices, and what it takes to produce tiny strips of wood. Includes lots of photos of the factory set up.
The author reports on the River Raisin Berkshires announcement, Scalecoat paint's being bought out, and a visit with Fast Track's owner Tim Warris (includes several photos of his S-scale jig and his HO-scale layout).
A couple of notes of Fast Track's kit for improving the tracking problems of American Model's 6-wheel passenger car trucks. The author interviews Steve Hunter, the designer behind the 3D-printed "Eastern Road Models" Shapeways web site.
Notes about the dormant Ridgehill Scale Models company, the Niagara Central Hobbies store closing, and the S Scale Workshop's experiences at the Expo Rail Museum show of 2015. Includes photos of models by members of the club.
The author reviews the 2012 Lionel catalog.
A photo essay showing the American Models factory.
Continued discussion related to criticism toward S-scale manufacturers.
Responding to the claims that there are too many NYC and PRR engines being made, and not enough for other railroads.
The passing of Charlie Sandersfeld, owner of Omnicon Scale Models.
Help promote S-scale with existing manufacturers.
The article describes the operating sessions Bob Miller would have on his layout for teenage boys in his town (the author being one of them). It also covers how the (patented) powered truck worked. Included are a timeline of Bob's life, and two pages of Miller's product catalog from 1952.
The author introduces the owner of RSLaserKits, showing some of their S-scale kits, and photos of their facilities and owner. Page 34 has a collection of photos that show the parts that make up the company's pickle car.
This editorial comments on how Charlie Sandersfeld of Omnicon Scale Models can't go out on a limb by himself having brass engines built without the support of S-scale modelers in the US.
A discussion of the A.F., Lionel, and American Models wheelsets for the tinplate operator.
We need steam locomotives that fit in the 1880 through 1930 time period.
Covers information about the American Models 4-6-2, the GG-1, and various other projects underway. The visit with Lionel included meeting with Carl Crosier and Neil Young (about their new sound system). The visit covered the products that Lionel is introducing in 1995.
An interview with Ertl's Product Manager James Willey about their 1:64 product line.
The author visits with Lionel and interviews the company's Steve Saxton and Carl Crosier about the future of S-scale products at Lionel.
A condensed version of the Ertl hand-out capturing the company's history. Also includes a page of photos of the latest 1:64 Ertl items in 1994.
The Longmont, Colorado company produces their own O-scale freight car kits, and is home to S-scale's Pacific Rail Shops and HO-scale's Innovative Models, as well as being a contractor for other manufacturers. Includes many photos of the facilities.
This article covers the history of Frank Titman's Lehigh Valley Models, producer of wood/paper/metal kits. Includes photos of some of the models.
Owner of Tomalco Track describes his transition into S-scale and into becoming an S-scale manufacturer. Owning the company, he has been able to complete his own 28'x28' S-scale layout in his basement.
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