Reference Material

On this page you will find a listing of all known catalogs, S-scale magazines (print and digital), and magazine article indexes. The NASG's Mobley Library can provide copies of magazine articles, and has other features (NASG membership required).

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If you are the kind of person who enjoys spending time going through printed catalogs, they are available in S-scale.

Scenery Unlimited produces a Walthers-style catalog that lists almost all S-scale products available (at least through distributors and dealers). It covers all flavors of S-scale modeling. You can only order it via fax or by calling in with your credit card.

Lionel's 2018 catalog is available online. Authorized dealers may have printed copies in their stores.

MTH's catalog is also available online. Through their web site you may order a printed copy. Authorized dealers may have printed copies in their stores. The catalog is dated 2013, because they don't release a new catalog until all items covered in that catalog have actually been released. The last items (the F3 and turnouts) were released in the Summer of 2017, so we are expecting a new catalog in early 2018.

American Models has their products listing on their web site, but they also make a printed catalog available. It is $7 (see the "Add this to my cart" button on their home page).

B.T.S. has their catalog available online, which you can order in printed format for $8. It lists all their kits and their detailing parts.


S-scale Magazines

This is a complete listing of print and online magazines that cover S-scale solely or routinely, both current and old, in alphabetical order. The "Frequency" column indicates the number of issues published per year.

1:64 Modeling Guide
DEBenLLC Publications
2001 - ????
Richard Bendever bought "S/Sn3 Modeling Guide" from Billy Wade, and renamed it
1:64 Modeling Guide
RLN Publishing
2008 - 2012
ceased due to lack of profitability
3/16 'S'cale Railroading
Ed Loizeaux
1989 - 1992
Canadian S Scale Quarterly
Charles Hicks
1991 - ????
Classic Toy Trains
Kalmbach Publishing
1988 - present
toy train collector and operator
Ken D. Mackenzie
1985 - 1989
NMRA S-scale SIG; "scale" modeling only.
Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette
White River Productions
1975 - present
occasionally has S narrow-gauge articles
Railroad Model Craftsman
White River Productions
1933 - present
occasionally has S articles; NASG's inside-the-cover ads
S Gauge Herald
Wally Collins
1960 - 1978
printing costs too high; magazine wasn't profitable
S Gauge Herald
Rollie Mercier
1986 - ????
S Gauge Herald
Rollie Mercier
1994 - ????
restarted again
S Gaugian
Heimburger House Publishing
1962 - present
longest-running S-only magazine
S/Sn3 Buyers Guide
Billy Wade
1993 - 1999
renamed to "S/Sn3 Modeling Guide" in 1995
Sn3 Modeler
Heimburger House Publishing
1984 - present
The Dispatch
1978 - present
requires NASG membership
The S Scale Resource
The Model Railroad Resource
2014 - present
digital, free; "scale" modeling only.

Magazine Indexes

NASG Dispatches

We have started an article index for all of the NASG's Dispatch issues. You can find that in the Articles Index section of the Dispatch's Back Issues page.

Non-S Magazines

The indexes below only list S-scale articles (all flavors) in non-S magazines. If you are new to S and you happen to subscribe to any of these magazines, this would be a great way to learn more about what modeling in this scale is about.

External Indexes

These are external links to listings maintained by this web site's webmaster, but on his own, personal web site. These are by no means an exhaustive listing, but every little bit helps.

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