NASG Dispatch Articles: Modules

A Causeway for a Good Cause

Issue:
2014 #6 November
Page:
26
Author:
Andy Malette
Description:

The author describes how he built the rock causeway on the module he built for the S Scale Workshop. Includes a couple of construction photos.

A Compact End Module Part Two

Issue:
1995 #2 April
Page:
16
Author:
Ted Larson
Description:

This is a follow-up to the December 1994 issue's article to show the various radii used in the end modules.

A Pike Master Layout for a Hospital Room

Issue:
2001 #6 December
Page:
10
Author:
Wayne Beachy
Description:

After initial rejections, the The Virginia Central Division of the Atlantic Coast S Gaugers were able to set up a 10'x14' modular layout in an area hospital for the children. This article covers the lessons the group learned. Includes two photos of a smaller portable layout.

An S-module Based On N-Trak Design

Issue:
1995 #3 June
Page:
7
Author:
Ted Larson
Description:

A follow-up on the October 1994 article, showing photos of the folded-legs system of the module.

Award Winning S Gauge Modular Layout

Issue:
2012 #4 August
Page:
7
Author:
Gaylord Gill
Description:

The Southeastern Michigan S Gaugers won a plaque for being the first place winners of "Module by Group" category of the NTS in 2012. This photo essay shows close-up photos of portions of the layout showing why they won. There is a track plan included in the article.

Bay Area S Scalers Layout

Issue:
2017 #2 March
Page:
17
Author:
Michael Eldridge
Description:

The author describes the development of the club's modular layout, and the return loops he is building for this Free-mo-style layout. Includes photos of some of the club's work so far.

Bay Area S Scalers Layout

Issue:
2017 #3 May
Page:
35
Author:
Michael Eldridge
Description:

The author describes the construction of the Southern Loop of the club's Free-mo-style layout. Includes several photos.

Building an Empire Part I

Issue:
1997 #6 December
Page:
10
Author:
Eric Miller
Description:

The modular layout built for the 1995 NASG Convention continues to participate in local train shows in western Pennsylvania. It was built by the Altoona Area Train Collectors Club. Includes several photos of scenes on the layout, and a bullet-point history of the club's layout.

Compact End Modules

Issue:
1994 #6 December
Page:
12
Author:
Ted Larson
Description:

The author designed and built two half-circle modules for use at home and at train shows.

Corner Module Design

Issue:
1995 #2 April
Page:
18
Author:
Denis Fortier
Description:

Simon Parent and the author built three modules to compose a corner module that has a lot of interesting track work on it. He describes how they designed and built them. The article includes a track plan and several photos.

Dody Stevens' Awarding Winning Modules

Issue:
1997 #6 December
Page:
19
Author:
Paul Inman
Description:

Photos and a brief description of NASG membership secretary, Dody Stevens' two modules.

Folding Legs

Issue:
1994 #5 October
Page:
24
Author:
Ted Larson
Description:

The author shares the design ideas behind the folding legs of his local N-scale club, and how they can be used in S-scale modules.

Getting Your Weight Down

Issue:
2016 #2 March
Page:
20
Author:
Don Hand
Description:

The author builds a 2'x2' filler module for the Houston S Gaugers' club layout. He describes the techniques he used to make it as lightweight as possible. Includes construction photos.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
1996 #3 June
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

Consider designing in operations into the continuously-circling trains on a club's modular layout at a train show.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2001 #4 August
Page:
6
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

The author lists the handful of truly portable S-scale layouts that are around, and suggests that the new NASG President, Roy Hoffman, spends some effort at trying to get other groups or individuals to build portable layout.

Jeff's Junction

Issue:
2005 #2 April
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

The author compares the S-MOD standard modular layouts to the new Free-mo standard S-scale layouts.

Joining Rails of Different Sizes

Issue:
1996 #2 April
Page:
22
Author:
Bill Krause
Description:

This article covers how to handle modules with different rail heights (code 125 and code 100).

Modeling Canada in S The British Way

Issue:
1994 #6 December
Page:
35
Author:
Kelvin White
Description:

A design for a set of modules that model the Finistere, New Brunswick. Includes track plan.

Modular Backdrop

Issue:
1993 #3 June
Page:
34
Author:
Bill Krause
Description:

Building modular backdrops from foamcore boards fastened with Velcro.

Modular Standards Committee Report

Issue:
1988 #4 October
Page:
28
Author:
Don DeWitt
Description:

The final track plan of the largest S-scale modular layout built and operated up to that point in time is shown.

Modular Standards Committee Update

Issue:
1986 #4 Fall
Page:
20
Author:
Don DeWitt
Description:

Don takes over from Tom Hawley to manage the standards for S-scale modular railroading. The issue covered here was the electrical connectors to be used for modules.

Modular Standards Committee Update

Issue:
1988 #1 March
Page:
16
Author:
Don DeWitt
Description:

The page shows a CAD drawing of the layout/track plan of the S-MOD modules scheduled to attend at the 1988 NASG Convention. Measuring 50'x90', and consisting of 60 modules, this would be the largest such setup.

Modular Standards Committee Update

Issue:
1988 #2 June
Page:
13
Author:
Don DeWitt
Description:

The page shows a CAD drawing of the layout/track plan of the S-MOD modules scheduled to attend at the 1988 NASG Convention. The layout has been updated based on responses from clubs, and it is now scheduled to measure 74'x118', 468' of track.

Module Corner Part I

Issue:
1995 #5 October
Page:
20
Author:
Ted Larson
Description:

While there is no standard in S-MOD for corner modules, this article present some designs for a 48-inch square corner module, with inside and outside corner "cut off" to save on space.

Module Corner

Issue:
1995 #6 December
Page:
8
Author:
Ted Larson
Description:

This column shares the design of Jack Troxell on how the Houston S Gaugers built their rounded corner modules.

Module Corner

Issue:
1996 #1 February
Page:
24
Author:
Bill Krause
Description:

The author shares how the Connecticut S-Gaugers club decided on the dimensions of their modules. Shows diagrams of how they did their corner modules.

Module Corner

Issue:
1996 #3 June
Page:
10
Author:
Bill Krause
Description:

The author describes corner modules that can handle large equipment, and designing a set-up that doesn't require an odd spacer module with doing L-shaped set-ups.

Module Corner

Issue:
1997 #1 February
Page:
8
Author:
Ted Larson
Description:

The column covers how the Houston S Gaugers shape the legs of the modules for the club layout. Includes design diagrams, and the jig used for shaping the legs.

Module Corner

Issue:
1997 #2 April
Page:
15
Author:
Bill Krause
Description:

The column covers how the Connecticut S Gaugers hand-laid the track on their modules.

Module Corner Part I

Issue:
1997 #3 June
Page:
12
Author:
Bill Krause
Description:

The column covers how the Connecticut S Gaugers built their corner modules.

Module Corner Part II

Issue:
1997 #5 October
Page:
24
Author:
Bill Krause
Description:

The construction information about the Connecticut S Gaugers' corner modules continues.

Module Corner Part III

Issue:
1997 #6 December
Page:
20
Author:
Bill Krause
Description:

The construction information about the Connecticut S Gaugers' corner modules continues, covering trackwork in this issue.

Module Corner

Issue:
1998 #1 February
Page:
8
Author:
Ted Larson
Description:

Folding legs and reducing weight, and how the Rochester Area S Gaugers do it. Includes design diagrams of a standard module for the club.

Module Corner

Issue:
1998 #2 April
Page:
16
Author:
Ted Larson
Description:

Construction diagrams of how the Altoona Area Train Collectors Club's modules are built, both straight and corners.

Module Corner Part 1

Issue:
1998 #3 June
Page:
20
Author:
Chuck Smith
Description:

Covers the step-by-step process that the Rochester Area S Gaugers took to install code 148 flextrack on their club modules. Includes many photos.

Module Corner Part 2

Issue:
1998 #5 October
Page:
24
Author:
Chuck Smith
Description:

Continuing with the Rochester Area S Gaugers' module construction article, this installment covers how the club ballasts their track. Includes several photos.

Module Corner

Issue:
1999 #3 June
Page:
22
Author:
Ted Larson
Description:

Tips on how to apply ballast using a mustard bottle.

Module Corner

Issue:
2000 #2 April
Page:
20
Author:
Ted Larson
Description:

Photos and a brief description of the Central New York S Gaugers.

Module Corner

Issue:
2000 #3 June
Page:
11
Author:
Dan Vandermause
Description:

Photos and a description of the Potomac Valley S Gauge Association first modular layout. Includes track plans of some of the modules.

Module Corner

Issue:
2001 #6 December
Page:
8
Author:
Ted Larson
Description:

This column covers the perception that S-MOD standard requires heavy materials for its construction, a report on what modular railroading is being done in Alberta, Canada, and a report of modular layouts in Michigan.

Module Corner

Issue:
2005 #2 April
Page:
13
Author:
Ken Garber
Description:

The author describes his figure-8 set-up that he used at a regional flea market show, where the engine just clears the caboose at the crossing. Includes one photo.

Module Corner

Issue:
2006 #6 December
Page:
10
Author:
Ted Larson
Description:

Shows two modular set-up drawings of the Central Jersey S Scalers in 1987 and 1988 at the Rail Expo in Jersey City, NJ.

Much Ado About Everything

Issue:
2017 #2 March
Page:
10
Author:
Jeff Madden
Description:

The author covers the difficulties encountered when storing, transporting, and maintaining large modular or portable layouts.

News from the North

Issue:
2015 #1 January
Page:
23
Author:
Jim Martin
Description:

In this collaborative article, the author covers the S Scale Workshop's preparation for the trip to the "Salon du Train Rive Nord" train show in Montreal, Quebec. Includes photos taken at the show, and a track plan of the final Free-mo set-up.

News from the North

Issue:
2015 #3 May
Page:
23
Author:
Jim Martin
Description:

Using Tichy's HO-scale windows for S-scale structures. The rest of the article covers Chris Abbott's set of modules for the S Scale Workshop club, and how Paul Raham took over the modules to make a small station scene out of the original modules.

North Carolina Portable Switching Layout

Issue:
2010 #5 October
Page:
28
Author:
Monte Heppe
Description:

There being only two S-scale modelers in the all-scale club to which the author belongs, he decided that it would be better to build a portable switching layout serving six industries and a team track in a 2' x 8' space, rather than a full-blown modular layout. Includes photos of the layout, including how it folds up.

One Club's Solution

Issue:
1993 #6 December
Page:
13
Author:
Gaylord Gill
Description:

The author describes how to implement the electrical standard of the S-MOD wiring standard.

Short-and-Easy

Issue:
1990 #2 April
Page:
17
Author:
Gaylord Gill
Description:

The author describes the Southeastern Michigan S Gaugers modular layout's Power-Pack Tether that the club uses to route power to the modules.

T-Track S

Issue:
2017 #3 May
Page:
12
Author:
Charles Malinowski
Description:

The author introduces himself, explains the T-Trak history, building the T-Trak modules, and showing them at a Farm Toy Show in Indianapolis (introducing a whole new audience to our S-scale trains).

That's Entertainment

Issue:
2001 #6 December
Page:
13
Author:
John Eichmann
Description:

The article covers the history of the Lookout Junction layout built by the Rocky Mountain Hi-Railers, based in Boise, Idaho. Includes the track plan and some photos of the layout.

The Bailey Bridge System

Issue:
1991 #6 December
Page:
22
Author:
Dave Bailey
Description:

The author describes how he built a strip of Masonite hardboard, to which he fastened 3" track pieces as a quick way to install the bridge rail pieces between the modules of his yard.

The Module Corner

Issue:
1994 #2 April
Page:
31
Author:
Ted Larson
Description:

The author introduces the column that will cover topics related to modular model railroading in S-scale.

The Oldest "S" Gauge Modular Layout

Issue:
1986 #2 Spring
Page:
14
Author:
Lee Johnson
Description:

The author, at the time being a member of the Delaware Valley S Gaugers, describes how the club decided to build modules to form a layout back in 1972 in time for the 1973 NASG Convention. This article covers their construction techniques, how they handled the modules' borders, and includes many photos. In 1979 he moved to San Francisco, and the modules are now part of the Bay Area S Scalers club display layout.

The Oregon S Scalers' Portable Layout

Issue:
1993 #6 December
Page:
6
Author:
Dick Karnes
Description:

The club's modules do not necessarily conform to the NASG's S-MOD standard, but the layout has been set-up a number of times in 1992. Includes several close-up photos.

The S-MOD System Building a Portable Control Panel Part 1

Issue:
1989 #2 April
Page:
25
Author:
Don DeWitt
Description:

This article covers how to wire a block control panel to an S-MOD module. Includes wiring diagrams.

The S-MOD System Building a Portable Control Panel Part 2

Issue:
1989 #3 June
Page:
11
Author:
Don DeWitt
Description:

In this installment, the control panel is actually designed and constructed, the switches are wired, and the module is tested.

The S-MOD System Checking the Wiring in Your Module

Issue:
1989 #1 February
Page:
20
Author:
Don DeWitt
Description:

This article assumes that you have an S-MOD module, and you are having electrical issues. This was in response to the majority of the issues the author observed in others' modules. It covers the basics of the wiring scheme, and how to trouble-shoot an existing system.

This Is S Gauge Modular Layout Update

Issue:
1997 #3 June
Page:
10
Author:
Tom Robinson
Description:

The author shares updates he has made to his traveling modular layout. Includes a couple of photos and a track plan. The idea behind the layout is to show American Flyer, but also the new products available in S-scale.

Tom Robinson Builds a Modular-Portable Display Layout

Issue:
1996 #3 June
Page:
18
Author:
Tom Robinson
Description:

The author describes the modules he built for an S-scale display layout to take to local shows where no S-scale layouts were being set up. Includes photos and a track plan.

Washington & Old Dominion S Gaugers

Issue:
2017 #1 January
Page:
37
Author:
unaccredited
Description:

A photo essay of the club working on their modules.

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