The Home Page Photos

These are the current photos in background rotation on the home page. Click the photo below to see the larger version used on the home page. The oldest photo is replaced each weekend, so there is always something new to see. To maintain that pace, we need your photo!

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Photo #1

Fred Schlegel's layout is his third large layout, although it is smaller than his previous layout due to their downsizing. Fred has been model railroading for over 45 years, all of it in S-scale.

Photographer: Fred Schlegel; used by permission.

Photo #2

The NASG's annual Convention is the premier place to find the S-scale products you are looking for. At the 2016 NASG Convention in Novi, Michigan, Ron Sebastian of Des Plaines Hobbies is seen conversing with a fellow attendee. Des Plaines Hobbies is one of the several retail stores that have booths at these annual shows. What they bring to the show is always a surprise. Des Plaines Hobbies is also a manufacturer. Over the years they have bought up product lines from other manufacturers, so new products are coming out by the hobby shop on a fairly regular basis. So, when you attend one of these Conventions, be sure to allocate some money in the budget for an item or two that you find in the vendor hall!

Photographer: Bob Werre; used by permission.

Photo #3

The Bristol S Gauge Railroaders club was set up at the annual Amherst Railway Society model railroad show in January 2016. Their layout has something for everyone to enjoy. The club's claim-to-fame is that they are the oldest S-scale club in existence, being founded in 1948. To celebrate their 70th anniversary, they sponsored the 2018 NASG Convention in Boxborough, Massachusetts. They have a web site with a lot more details.

Photographer: Bill Lane; used by permission.

Photo #4

This photo was taken on Gaylord Gill's layout. The "Corrington Tile Co." factory is a kitbash of an HO-scale Walthers Millworks kit that Gaylord built. He added more height to the foundation, re-worked the doors, added a ramp and hoist beam to the vehicle door, and then installed a roughed-in interior and lighting. The locomotive is the River Raisin Models NYC H-10a Mikado, while the partially-visible box car is by American Models. The loading dock next to the box car was scratchbuilt by Gaylord, topping it off with Mr Plaster tile bundles. The truck is a Hartoy model that Gaylord modified and weathered.

Photographer: Brooks Stover; used by permission.

Photo #5

In 2004 American Models introduced their line of U25B locomotives. This Great Northern model owned by Terry was one of them. General Electric started building these road locomotives in 1960. This was the first engine they built as a stand-alone company (previously they built with Alco) for the U.S. market (previous diesels were exported only). They built 478 units in the six years they were in production. These engines were nicknamed the "U Boat". It produced 2,500hp. Most of these engines were scrapped by the 1980s. These are the preserved models: MILW #5057, NYC #2500, Naugatuck Railroad #2203, SP #3100 (video #1, video #2), New Haven #2525.

Photographer: Terry O'Kelly; used by permission.

Photo #6

As part of the NASG Convention, attendees could take a tour of the Green Mountain Railroad. This company offers passenger train rides. For the Convention, they used an Alco RS-1 to pull the cars, known as the "Green Fleet". The tour included "run-bys", allowing attendees to view the train as it comes by. This photo was taken prior to boarding the train again.

Photographer: Bill Lane; used by permission.

Photo #7

You will find S-scale in the oddest of places, so always keep your eyes open, and your camera ready! This photo was taken at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. They have an HO-scale and a G-scale layout in the museum, but we found this static display on the wall. If you have never been to this museum, it is absolutely worth it! There are other museums, stations, or buildings where you can find S-scale on display. We try to keep those updated on this page on our web site.

Photographer: Peter Vanvliet; used by permission.

Photo #8

Paul Washburn did it again! He scratchbuilt this Southern Pacific 2-6-0 class M-8, road number 1777. We suspect that Paul never sleeps!!! Here are a few construction photos: humble beginnings, the basic frame, drivers installed, all the external stuff added, tender and boiler built, almost finished.

Photographer: Paul Washburn; used by permission.

Photo #9

Bob Hogan recently finished building the new 60-foot flat car kit released by Pre-Size Model Specialties. Here it is on Bob's layout getting ready to be moved around the yard.

Photographer: Bob Hogan; used by permission.

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