We have gotten requests for making a list of S-scale's pioneers from the early days. Bill Fraley provided the following list to get us started, in no particular order.
- Bernie Thomas
- founder of the NASG.
- Dave Bulkin
- started the S Gauge Herald.
- Wally Collins
- took over the S Gauge Herald as publisher and put it on solid footing.
- Frank Titman
- S Gauge Herald editor; created Lehigh Valley Models; built many models.
- John Bortz
- scratchbuilt prize-winning steam locomotives that ran great, pioneering what could be done in S. He was a machinist for Nabisco.
- Walter Graeff
- founded ACE Products, which "saved" S-scale when American Flyer went out of business, producing wheels, trucks, and couplers.
- Robert Miller
- produced locomotives, track, and many other S-scale products in the early days.
- Len Atkins
- Branch Line Models; supplied a catalog full of items for S-scale modelers.
- G. Claud Wade
- founder of the NASG, and S Scale Locomotive & Supply.
- John Sudimak
- co-founded S&P Distributors, which manufactured locomotives and rolling stock.
- Howard Phillips
- co-founded S&P Distributors.
Sam Powell, in an article in the April 2010 issue of the Dispatch, also added these:
- Ed Schumacher
- An inspirational artistic modeler, a member of the PVSGA, and served as president of the NASG for awhile.
- Jesse Bennett
- Jesse showed that S-scale dreams can come true with his fantastic layout and models.
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