General

This page covers individual/personal sales, books, magazines, videos, train show reports, etc. In general, announcements will stay on this page for up to one year. Click on the "Web Site" link to the left of the announcement to visit the web page. Some photos can also be clicked to take you directly to the web page where that product is listed.

July 22, 2018

The Aug/Sep 2018 S Scale Resource Available

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The latest issue of this free magazine is now available for viewing or downloading.

July 02, 2018

Jim Kindraka's NYC RS-1 Article

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Jim wrote an article about how he built the S Scale America RS-1 locomotive, for the NYCentral Modeler online magazine. You can download your copy by following the link on the left.

June 30, 2018

Supreme Court Decision

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While politics has no place on a hobby web site such as this, we wanted to briefly touch on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision of June 21, 2018. Since most of us have to buy our S-scale products via the Internet or through mail-order, this will have an impact on our S-scale hobby.

The United States Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision on June 21, overturned the 1992 Quill Corp. vs. North Dakota case, which prohibited states from charging sales tax unless the business has a physical presence in the state. The South Dakota vs. Wayfair June 21, 2018 decision clears the way for states to begin collecting sales tax on Internet sales.

While opinions of this decision for or against don't seem to be aligned with Republican or Democrat viewpoints, not all agree with it (on both sides of the aisle). Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the dissenting view (i.e. he thinks this is a bad idea), and suggested that Congress take up the issue to, perhaps, write a law.

The pros of this decision is that state governments can now start collecting more taxes. Also, since a local customer has to pay sales tax at a local store, buying on the Internet no longer escapes the ability to pay sales taxes, thereby, somewhat, leveling the playing field between brick-n-mortar stores and online retailers.

The cons are, of course, that this is yet another way for governments to take our hard-earned money, and, worse, something we or our representatives never got to vote on. Two, unlike brick-n-mortar stores who charge a single sales tax rate based on where they are located to conduct their business, online retailers, starting on January 1, 2019, are going to have to charge the sales tax rate of wherever their customer lives. This means that small online retailers are going to have to get up to speed on 12,000 sales tax jurisdictions and know that they have collected the correct sales tax from their customers, and then somehow remit that amount to the appropriate taxing agency. Online retailers will have to become familiar with every one of these local laws.

This is, of course, un-doable and ridiculous, and adds significant overhead in both time and money to operating a business online. Large corporations, such as Amazon and Walmart, will be able to handle this. But small mom-n-pop businesses, which are the majority of S-scale business owners, will have to deal with this on our own.

May 30, 2018

The Jun/Jul 2018 S Scale Resource Available

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The issue is available for viewing or downloading.

May 01, 2018

Stephen Hatch's Layout Progress

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Stephen Hatch's Sn3 is making good progress. He shares some new photos on his web site.

April 04, 2018

Scratchbuilt Tank Car

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What to do when you are scratchbuilding a steam locomotive and the drivers are not yet available? Well, if you are a master modeler such as Paul Washburn, you scratchbuild yourself a tank car! Click the photo to see a larger version. Photos © Paul Washburn.

April 02, 2018

2018 Midwest Narrow Gauge Show

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Click the link on the left for a report on the 2018 Midwest Narrow Gauge show.

March 31, 2018

What Scale Would You Choose If Starting Over?

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Ken Patterson's answer on his Podcast. See web site link on the left.

March 25, 2018

The Apr/May 2018 S Scale Resource Available

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The issue is available for viewing or downloading.

March 21, 2018

Dick Cataldi's Personal Layout Needs a New Home

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One of the original group of men who were instrumental in the creation of the NASG, Dick Cataldi, recently passed away. His family members are looking for an individual or a club who would be able to take Dick's personal layout. The layout was built in sections. The complete set-up would cover about 11'x19'. The track is Shinohara code 100. The layout has about 15 turnouts. Basic wiring and some basic scenery is in place. The layout is located in Christianburg, Virginia. Dick's family will not ship the layout, so local pickup will need to be arranged. The contact person is Bill Oertly (see e-mail link the left).

March 14, 2018

Dick Karnes is MMR #606

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Dick Karnes has officially achieved the Master Model Railroader award as issued by the NMRA. Dick has been a prolific modeler, author, and mentor. He was involved with the founding of the NASG, and is a winner of the Bernie Thomas award issued by the NASG. He is currently also involved with the NMRA's S-scale SIG, and serves as the NASG's Contests Chairman.

March 14, 2018

The End of Yahoo Discussion Groups

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The various S-scale Yahoo! Groups are gradually moving to Groups.io. Many people were experiencing problems with Yahoo! Groups. Also, the future is uncertain with Yahoo! having been bought by Verizon in 2017. The person (or persons) who originally developed the Yahoo! Groups is the one (or are the ones) behind the Groups.io web site, so there is a lot of experience there. For most groups that are moving over, if the owners/moderators do the move, subscribers to the lists don't have to do anything. It is recommended that you create an account on Groups.io (see web site link on the left here; then click on the "Sign Up" link in the upper right-hand corner of that web site's home page), so that you can set your preferences for how you want to receive your messages, and for being able to post photos. If you didn't care for Yahoo! before, Groups.io offers no advertisements and they don't track you. The groups that have made the move are:

https://groups.io/g/S-Scale/ (to post, send email to S-Scale@groups.io);
https://groups.io/g/Sn3/ (to post, send e-mail to Sn3@groups.io);
https://groups.io/g/Sn2Trains/ (to post, send e-mail to Sn2Trains@groups.io).

As of 03/13/2018, the S-Trains group at Yahoo has initiated the move to Groups.io.

March 03, 2018

Brooks Stover's New Layout

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Well-known S-scale modeler and author, Brooks Stover, has moved, and is in the process of building a new layout. Click on the web site link on the left to view his progress. Although Brooks was able to salvage a good bit of material and structures from his previous layout, he is trying some new approaches on this one. First, the layout is smaller. Second, he is building it on foam board.

January 23, 2018

The Feb/Mar 2018 S Scale Resource Available

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The issue is available for viewing or downloading.

January 06, 2018

Fairbanks-Morse Cinder Conveyor Article

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Chris Rooney has an article on the S Scale SIG web site describing his Fairbanks-Morse Cinder Conveyor.

January 05, 2018

Bill Scobie's Sn3 Layout on Trainmasters.tv

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Bill Scobie's very large Sn3 layout is the feature on Trainmasters.tv's layout tour. The link actually takes you only to part 1. Part 2 is now available. Note that this is a subscription-based web site, but you can watch a free preview.

December 27, 2017

1948 Nord Kit Photos

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Mike Swederska shares with us a collection of photos from the 1948 Nord kit he has that is to build into a 2-8-2 locomotive with tender. Should be an interesting project!

November 27, 2017

The Dec/Jan 2018 S Scale Resource Available

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The issue is available for viewing or downloading.

November 08, 2017

Model Railroad Academy Track Talk Live

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The November 2017 edition of the Model Railroad Academy Track Talk Live is out. This casual all-scales Q&A video is hosted by S-scale modeler Doug Hodgdon and Lilia.

October 17, 2017

Photos of Dan Vandermause's Layout

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With the publication of the final (as in the last one to be published) issue of the CNW Modeler, Dan Vandermause shares some photos of his layout.

October 02, 2017

Model Railroad Academy Track Talk Live

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The September 2017 edition of the Model Railroad Academy Track Talk Live is out. This casual all-scales Q&A video is hosted by two S-scale modelers, Steve Doyle and Doug Hodgdon.

September 27, 2017

The Oct/Nov 2017 S Scale Resource Available

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Web Site

The issue is available for viewing or downloading.

July 26, 2017

The Aug/Sep 2017 S Scale Resource Available

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Web Site

The issue is available for viewing or downloading.

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