After covering some general advice about track laying, the author provides a quick review of the various S-scale manufacturers that produce track products (at the time of the article's writing).
Building your own track inspection car from a piece of plexiglass and two trucks.
The author describes how he uses the DPDT switches to control the turnout's throwbar and the polarity to the frog. Includes an installation diagram.
Using a strip of Masonite hardboard to help clean the rails. Includes a construction diagram and a parts list.
Prototype drawings of a highway crossing signal and signs.
A couple of photos of how the author cuts award a commercial turnout and adjusts the gauge to fit S-scale.
Turnouts by several manufacturers are described how to hook them up electrically.
Using a piece of Masonite hardboard or similar material, the author describes how he built an S-scale version. Includes a photo and CAD-style drawings.
Modifying original American Flyer turnouts so that two can be placed very close to each, one left-handed and one right-handed. Includes diagrams.
The author describes his process of taking Atlas HO-scale commercial turnouts and converting them to work in S-scale.
Information about how the Cuyahoga Valley S Gaugers achieved their smooth track-running on their club layout at the 1986 NASG Convention.
The author describes how his group (the S Team) of modelers lay their track quickly.
Bob Daniel shares how he makes ballast from ground-up styrofoam coffee cups.
To be able to operate both AF and hi-rail/scale equipment, turnout have to be of the closed-frog variety. This article describes how to build and install one of these. The author used Micro Engineering code 148 rail (compatible with American Models' track), and Circuitron's Tortoise switch machines. Includes many close-up photos.
How to design a helix and the things one should consider in building one. It includes the math needed, and look-up tables.
What to consider when deciding what your minimum radius should be for your layout?
The author does a follow-up article to his 1994 article, answering questions, and showing more detailed photos.
A small industrial switching area with a turntable can be easily built to hand-switch cars in an industrial complex. Includes two photos.
Information about the current NASG track standard. Includes a listing of track and brass models that comply with that standard.
Photos of complex prototype track work. Also includes a photo of the author's dummy crossovers on his layout, to give the impression of complex trackwork.
A person only known as "Jerry" answers modeling questions. This installment covers how to keep your track clean, and hand-laying track on a curve.
Using automotive choke cables to control turnouts.
What size rail height should S-scale modelers use?
This article describes grade crossings and ideas for how to model them.
How does one get foreign-road cars on one's layout? Via the Interchange Track. This unique and easy-to-model track is fully discussed in this article, which includes how to integrate it into your layout's operational scheme.
This article covers how the Connecticut S Gaugers built #6 and #8 closed-frog turnouts for their club layout. Includes diagrams.
This column covers John Long's idea for adjusting the Centerline HO-scale Rail Cleaner for use in S-scale.
A guest column by Gaylord Gill describes how he built a track elevation gauge to help him construct his layout.
This article shows how to Frank Andrews uses an ordinary push-pin as a means to hold the points of a turnout in position. The pin is decorated to look like a tall turnout target.
The author describes how to cut an HO-scale Rix Rail-it down the middle length-wise and rebuild it as an S-scale rerailer.
The author shares the description he got from Joe Scales about how to make installing the Del-Aire Air Motor (switch machine) better. The article is supposed to show a photo, but it was not included in the issue (see February 1999, page 14 for the drawing).
The author describes his reasoning for, and his method of, hand-laying track. Instead of using ready-made components, he designed his layout the way he wanted to, and then built the track accordingly. David's layout uses standard-gauge, and three-foot and two-foot narrow-gauge lines.
Using N-scale track to model an Sn22 tramway (using banta modelworks' kit T-2121, Sn2 Ore Tram Mine Cars).
Prototype and model information about dual-gauge track and turnouts.
How to model in other narrow gauges other than 3-foot in S-scale (Sn2, Sn42).
The author suggests trying to build an interchange between standard- and narrow-gauge tracks. The article also contains information about an Sn2 discussion list.
The author continues with how to model an interchange between standard- and narrow-gauge tracks.
This column discusses narrow-gauge curves, grades, clearances, and rail.
This long article covers track laying from beginning to end. Includes prototype photos of turnouts (close-up), and a turnout detailing diagram.
Using two standard modules with some temporary track to be able to model an L-shaped switching layout.
Since there are now other magazines reporting on S-scale's new products, the author has decided to change his product-announcement column to one that reviews currently-available products, with this column covering S-scale track products.
The author reviews the current crop of S-scale turnouts that are available.
A set of diagrams (only) of how the author constructed the turnout control mechanism for the turnouts on the Houston S Gaugers' club layout. It uses a DPDT slide switch to manipulate the throwbar and the frog's power routing.
The author re-evaluated the rail heights for his sidings and branch lines. He shares the research he did (standard- and narrow-gauge).
Available resources for S-scale modelers who want to apply ballast to their track.
Information about which turntables are available in S-scale at the time of this writing.
The owner of Whiteoak Models describes the turnouts he has manufactured and sells.
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