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

Brooks' layout continues to provide us with many fantastic scenes. Here is a Climax engine the background pulling a log train, with a scratchbuilt Plymouth industrial switcher heading to its next assignment of the day.

Photographer: Brooks Stover; used by permission.

Photo #2

Taken on Brooks' previous layout, there is a lot of activity around the trains getting ready to leave Swandale. In addition to Brooks being a fantastic modeler, he is also very good at manipulating photos in a graphics editing application. He added the smoke to enhance the overall look of the photo. If you want to learn more about Brooks' techniques for photography, be sure and read his A Model Railroader's Guide to Digital Photography.

Photographer: Brooks Stover; used by permission.

Photo #3

Bob Frascella has been busy using the 3D printer technology to his advantage. This photo shows the two locomotives he has been able to build using a 3D printer. The earlier one, shown on the left in the photo, is his Alco C420 D&H #404 (powered by a Railmaster Exports North Yard chassis). The latest creation is the one on the right, which is the GP38-2 D&H #7324 still in its Lehigh Valley paint scheme as it appeared in 1977. It is powered by an American Models chassis (with modified sideframes). Both locomotives have LokSound DCC sound decoders installed in them.

Photographer: Bob Frascella; used by permission.

Photo #4

Bob Nicholson's Shabbona layout was a freelanced one. He even went through the effort to name his engines and cars accordingly. Unfortunately Bob's health prevents him from continuing his layout, but we have this wonderful photo he shared with us of his Mooar enginehouse. Bob wrote many articles, some featuring his layout, such as for the NASG's Dispatch, the 1:64 Modeling Guide, Model Railroader, S Gaugian, and The S Scale Resource. He also had an article in the Kalmbach 2001 Model Railroad Planning.

Photographer: Bob Nicholson; used by permission.

Photo #5

Ed Sauers' layout was open during the home tours of the 2017 NASG Convention. Ed models the B&O. The January/February 2018 issue of the NASG's Dispatch has many more photos of the layout, including ones taken by Ed himself. The 17'x31' layout's track plan, originally drawn by former Dispatch editor, Jeff Madden, was redrawn and updated by Joe Kimber and is included in that article. The NASG's Dispatch is part of your NASG membership (hint, hint!).

Photographer: Bill Lane; used by permission.

Photo #6

From a high vantage point, Bill took a nice photo of some of the layouts set up in the lobby of the hotel where the 2017 NASG Convention was held. The center of the photo features the South Jersey S Gaugers club layout.

Photographer: Bill Lane; used by permission.

Photo #7

Super-detailing is a lot of fun. It also allows visitors to dive deeply into the scene as they discover more and more details. This photo shows a close-up of a structure built from a kit. The light above the loading dock door is from an O-scale Ngineering Gooseneck Light kit with a built-in SMD LED. The two barrels are by Tichy Train Group. The exhaust vent on the wall is from the parts bin (probably an N-scale part from a kit). The odd thing on the left on the dock is actually a leftover metal part from a tape deck! The pallets were scratchbuilt. A little bit of Bragdon Enterprises' weathering powder makes the windows look old and dirty from many years of manufacturing work inside the building.

Photographer: Peter Vanvliet; used by permission.

Photo #8

This view of the vendor room at the 2017 NASG Convention shows lots of product available from many vendors. If you are looking for products and you can't get them locally, be sure to attend the NASG Convention and/or one of the regional multi-day S-scale events around the country. Click on the Events button on the left to stay up-to-date on which event is held where and when.

Photographer: Bill Lane; used by permission.

Photo #9

This photo of Jim Kindraka's model on the Des Plaines Valley layout is of a finished model of the NASG-sponsored brass car project, the ACF covered hopper. Models were delivered in January 1984, imported exclusively for the NASG by Overland Models. These were built in Korea by Ajin Precision Ltd. The "Brass Car Committee" consisted of Don Thompson. Jim Kindraka, and Michael Ferraro. This particular model was painted and lettered by Jim.

Photographer: Chuck West; used by permission.

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