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The Mobley Library

As part of your NASG membership you have access to contents of the NASG's Library. The purpose of the Russell M. Mobley Memorial Library is to collect, maintain, and provide access to publications including books, magazines, photographs, references, electronic media, and physical artifacts about S-scale and the NASG. NASG members are allowed to borrow library materials or request copies of paper documents and electronic media.

Contact person: Dale Minard

Due to the physical transfer of library materials, we are currently only providing magazine article assistance while we consolidate and relocate all our files, books, records, photographs, etc. to a new location.

Magazines

Our primary goal is to provide a comprehensive collection of modeling magazines that cover S, both past and present. Below is a listing of the magazines we have stocked in our library.

Active Magazines

Title

Available

Missing

Dispatch

1978 through 2020

none

S Scale Resource

2014 through 2020

none

Narrow Gauge & Short Line Gazette

1975 through 2020

none

Past Magazines

Title

Available

Missing

1:64 Modeling Guide

2005 through 2012

none

3/16 "S"cale Railroading

1989 through 1992

none

S Gauge Herald

1960 through 1978

volume 2 all

S Gauge Herald (II)

1986 through 1988

none

S Gaugian

1965 through 2019

Jan & Mar 1965, May 1966, Jul 1967, Jul 1969

S/Sn3 Buyers Guide

1993 through 1994

none

S/Sn3 Modeling Guide

1995 through 2004

none

Slim Gauge News

1970 through 1974

none

Sn3 Modeler

1984 through 2018

none

Magazine Indexes

We have made available a collection of magazine indexes, covering articles published through the end of 2020. These indexes cover the magazines listed above, as well as other non-S magazines. These indexes will allow you to do searches for specific topics, or find out what topics were covered in a particular issue. If you already own the issue of interest, these indexes will help you to find them in your own library. If you do not own the issue, you may be able to buy it online, find it in your local library, or contact the NASG Mobley librarian to send you a copy of the article of interest.

Requesting Magazine Articles

The NASG Dispatch and the S Scale Resource magazines are available digitally and can be freely downloaded. Articles from other magazines (those listed above or non-S magazines), may be requested from the NASG librarian via email (see "Contact Person" link near the top of this page). When you do, please provide the following in your correspondence:

  • Your Name
  • Your NASG Membership Number (provide this in the subject title of your e-mail - helps us sort out e-mails)
  • Magazine Name
  • Date of Issue
  • Article Title
  • Starting Page Number

When you do, the NASG librarian will e-mail you a digital PDF file as an e-mail attachment. This is a free service that the NASG librarian provides, so it is restricted to active NASG members only, and please limit your request to no more than five (5) articles.

A side note: as is customary with magazine indexes, the monthly columns some magazines carry are not included in the indexes.

Viewing the Magazine Indexes

The magazine indexes listed below are available as ".xls" (Office spreadsheet) and ".pdf" (read-only document) file formats. Choose whichever version you would like. The spreadsheet ones allow you to manipulate the content within them, but require a software application that can read spreadsheets files, such as Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice Calc. PDF files are the primary non-modifiable text format for the Internet and these can be viewed using a dedicated software application such as Sumatra PDF or Adobe Acrobat Reader. A number of web browsers now also come with built-in support for that file format, so that you can open and view it directly within your web browser. All these file formats allow you to do simple text searches within them (for example, a search for the word "beet" will also find articles containing the word "beets", but a search for the word "beets", will not find articles containing only the word "beet").

The Magazine Indexes

Tutorial

Below is a link to a PDF document that shows you how to do simple searches and set up filters using Microsoft Excel, if you have downloaded a .xls file above.

Russell M. Mobley

(© Billy Wade, Jr; used by permission)

In 1938, Russ Mobley, born in 1932, promised his mother that he'd stop sucking his thumb if she would buy him a train set. Since that time, Russ has done many things. He started as an A&P bag boy, spent 21 years in the United States Air Force, and drove an 18-wheeler, among other things. He lived in Texas, Ohio, Alaska, and Georgia.

In 1965, when the NASG was only five years old, Russ was designated by General Director Bernie Thomas to manage the round-robin letter "circuits". Upon Bernie's sudden death a month later, Russ became the third General Director of the NASG. Russ served until 1970, when Ed Schumacher took over. Since then, Russ had been a tireless NASG booster, introducing S-scale to kids, developing and marketing "Amity Star" kits, and promoting S at many different venues.

Russ was profiled in the Augusta Chronicle/Augusta Herald (Georgia), Sunday, Nov. 7, 1982, in the Nov. 1982 issue of Rural Georgia, the official publication of Georgia Electric Membership Corp., and in the Oct. 1994 issue of S/Sn3 Buyers' Guide. Some information about Russ can be found in the October 2001 issue of the Dispatch, starting on page 40.

Russ died in 2001. In his honor, the Russell M. Mobley Memorial Library was established in September 2001, with Dick Karnes as its first Librarian. Michael Greene took over the position in 2011, and Dale Minard took over the position in 2020.

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