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Back in the early 1990s there was a relationship between American Models and S-Helper Service. This produced a number of beautiful models for us S-scalers to enjoy. Terry's photo shows the S-Helper Service RS-3, painted and lettered for the Great Northern, that was manufactured by American Models. This particular model is now out of stock at A.M., but other RS-3 models are still available.

Photographer: Terry O'Kelly; used by permission.

A C&O passenger train is arriving at the town's train station on Mike Marmer's hi-rail layout. Nowadays the photographer would have been cited for trespassing, but back in the 1950s people didn't worry about that too much.

Photographer: Mike Marmer; used by permission.

Bob is a well-known professional photographer, who has shot many layouts throughout the U.S. and Canada for national magazines. He is a life-long S-scale modeler. His home layout, shown here, is essentially a completed layout above a two-car garage. This photo was taken as he was doing some maintenance work on a part of his layout, called the town of Greenway.

Photographer: Bob Werre; used by permission.

Charles Malinowski and several other members of the Hoosier S Gaugers club have been working on actually building some modules that meet the T-TRAK standard. So far they have at least four straight modules and four curved ones. This allows them to set up a small demonstration layout at local shows. Charles wrote an article about that in the May 2017 issue of the NASG's Dispatch. These modules are simple to build, easy to transport, and quick to set up. They are a great way to get into the hobby without spending a lot of time and money.

Photographer: Charles Malinowski; used by permission.

This photo was taken by Brooks Stover on his previous layout. It features two S-Helper Service 2-8-0 engines double-heading a train. Brooks is in the process of moving, and so this beautiful layout is no more. However, don't fret, because is already working on the new layout, even before the move!

Photographer: Brooks Stover; used by permission.

Modeling movement of cattle is quite easily accomplished in S-scale. It addition to a wide variety of stock cars available (new and on the secondary market), there are also lots of S-scale animals and structures available from various manufacturers. Here's a scene on George Sorensen's layout.

Photographer: George Sorensen; used by permission.

This fantastic model of an ALCO C420 by Bob Frascella is a one-of-a-kind model. It took Bob over a year to build this model. The drive system is a Railmaster Exports (North Yard) chassis. The motor is driven by a LokSound Full Throttle DCC sound decoder, with a speaker hidden in the fuel tank. B.T.S. sideframes were used. The interesting part of this model is the fact almost the entire body was made from 3D-printed parts! The handrails stanchions are HO-scale Athearn "Blue Box" ones. The model in the photo shows how it would have looked when it emerged from Colonie Shops when the D&H re-painted it from Lehigh Valley No. 404 in 1976. Weathering is next. Would you like to build a model like this yourself? Go to the Century Models Shapeway shop and order the parts.

Photographer: Bob Frascella; used by permission.

At the 2014 NASG Convention, Steve Lunde's layout was open during the layout tours. Steve's layout is a combination hi-rail and scale. In this typical small-town main street scene you can see that Steve has done a fantastic job in detailing the setting. One of the things that S-scale is blessed with is an abundance of 1/64th scale automobiles. These are available online, as well as locally at your Walmart, Toys-R-Us, and even some of your groceries stores.

Photographer: Bill Winans; used by permission.

David Wheat's D&RGW, Cleveland Division, is still a work in progress, but it looks promising so far.

Photographer: David Wheat; used by permission.

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