News: Our Community

S-scale has a relatively tight-knit group of people, where a lot of us know each other via local clubs, train shows, e-mail, discussion groups, or various forms of social media. This page covers information about specifc individuals, clubs, train show reports, personal web site updates, etc.

October 02, 2019

Ron Sebastian Passed Away

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It is with great sadness that we report that Ron Sebastian, owner of the retail store Des Plaines Hobbies, passed away in the morning of October 2nd, 2019. The photo shows him leaning against a pallet of S-scale tank cars that arrived the day before. Our condolences to his family. The link above is to the funeral home's page for Ron.

Ron has been a vital force in our S-scale community. Although his store caters to all scales, he did a lot to help and keep S-scale relevant. The store was started in 1983. In 1994 they bought "S Scale America" (the brand under which they released a lot of S-scale products since then). In 1995 they bought "Chesapeake Models" (PRR H39 Hopper). In 1997 they acquired the S-scale parts of "Plano Model Products". Likewise, in 2005 they acquired the S-scale decals from "Microscale Industries". Then, in 2006 they bought "Pacific Rail Shops". In 2015 they bought Mullet River Model Works.

Without a doubt, the store has been a big supporter of our hobby, and S-scale in particular.

Here is an interview done with Ron back in 1994: web link.

This link is to the March 2016 issue of the Dispatch in which Jim Kindraka describes a visit with Ron at the store.

September 17, 2019

Ted Hamler is Missing!

Ted Hamler, long time NASG member from Las Cruces, NM and contributor to the NASG's Dispatch and the S Gaugian magazines has been missing since April 27, 2019. If anyone has information on Ted, please contact his wife, Judy: (575) 647-1836 or the Las Cruces police department.
Here is the missing-persons report.

August 03, 2019

Emory L. Shughart

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Emory L. Shughart, 87, of Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2019. He retired from Edwin L. Heim Co. in Harrisburg, and previously worked for 16 years at the former Rufe Chevrolet in Carlisle. He honorably served his country in 1953-54 as Private First Class, Battery C, 265th Field Artillery Battalion, U.S. Army. Emory was a life-long S-scale modeler and was one of the original members of the Circuit Letters. He was a founding member of the Central Pennsylvania S Gaugers, and he was heavily involved in the 1970 Northeastern S Gaugers Association (NESGA) Convention, the NASG forerunner, in Hershey, PA. He was a long-time member of the NASG as well.

June 15, 2019

Richard Kughn Passed Away

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Richard P. Kughn was not an S-scale modeler, but he did run Lionel from 1986 to 1995. He passed away on June 8, 2019 at the age of 89. Born in Detroit and died in Dearborn, he loved cars, and trains. Kughn brought Neil Young into the company, who developed what is now called TMCC.

April 06, 2019

Sn2 in the News

Sn2 Layout Featured

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The event got published in the Lisbon, Ohio newspaper, on the front page, above the fold. The web site link is to their online version, and shows David Keith's Sn2 layout set up at the show.

David Keith's photos of his set-up

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The 27th Annual Midwest Scale Train Show held on March 22 and 23, 2019 drew a record number of people.

March 31, 2019

Michael Ostertag Enters DND2 Weathering Contest

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In a sea of N- and HO-scale models, Michael entered a weathered AM freight car.

March 10, 2019

Piedmont S Gaugers' Last Show

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The Piedmont S Gaugers held their last public show, according to the post on the OGR forum. Only one member is under 70 years of age, and so the workload of train shows was getting to be too much.

February 27, 2019

John Constans' Westside Lumber Sn3 Layout Saved

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John Constans' layout was donated to the San Diego S-Gaugers club and they are in the process of integrating it into their club display. Progress photos are shown on the web site link.

January 27, 2019

Gene Dovenbarger

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Harold Gene Dovenbarger passed away at the age of 74 on January 24, 2019 due to complications from a stroke. Gene served in the U.S. Navy from 1963 to 1986. Gene was the founder of the Golden Spike American Flyer Club. Follow the link to view Gene's obituary. Photo courtesy of Gene's wife, Karen.

January 11, 2019

Bill Lane Reports On Sam Powell's 4-4-2

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Follow the link to see Bill Lane's latest efforts in getting the late Sam Powell's last steam engine up and running. Sam was sharing with a number of us about his latest project, when he suddenly passed away of a heart-attack while clearing his driveway of snow.

December 23, 2018

Frederic Testard

Frenchman Frederic Testard passed away on December 15, 2018 of liver cancer. He was 57 years young. He was an active and fantastic Sn3 modeler, and participated in the Yahoo, now, Sn3 discussion list. You can see photos of Frederic's modeling by clicking on the link. For those who can read French, here is his obituary. Frederic's personal web site was taken down in April 2019.

October 30, 2018

Rocky Mountain Hi-Railers

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The Rocky Mountain Hi-Railers revealed their Phase 2 of the Lookout Junction IV layout recently at the Railshow 2018 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Click the photo to see a larger version.

October 19, 2018

Bob Frascella's Painting

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Bob Frascella, a well-known S-scale modeler, also paints railroading scenes. He did a painting a number of years ago for Ken Patterson, and then Ken did a photo of a model duplicating that painting. The lead locomotive, in real life, in that painting is going to be restored, which is the topic covered in the linked-to YouTube video.

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