NASG Perles Publication Award

Purpose of the Award

To provide recognition for the efforts of person or persons who best present the S-scale story to outsiders through an article published in a non-S publication, which promotes and publicizes S-scale. Staff writers paid by the publication in which the article appears are not eligible for any part of the award.

Tony Perles

Tony was a published author and wrote a number of articles of various types for the S-scale press. For a while, Tony produced a line of S-scale dry transfers, and also did much of the art work for the dry transfers produced by Clover House. He was an avid railfan and model railroader who was especially fond of S-scale in which he did his primary modeling.

Ed Loizeaux and Bill Roberts originated the Perles Publication Award in June 1987 using part of Tony Perles' estate as a foundation for the award. The Honorable Mention was proposed by Moe Berk and approved by the NASG Board of Trustees in 1998.

Award Specifics


Presented once a year at the NASG Annual Convention, provided there are articles which qualify.


Cash award of $100, plus plaque/trophy. (For the 1989 Award only, an Omnicon Scale Models F7, donated by Omnicon Scale Models, was awarded in addition to the $100.)

Honorable Mention:

Up to a maximum of 2 Honorable Mentions may be presented once a year for articles, which qualify for promoting S scale in a non-S scale publication, but the article(s) does not receive the Perles Publication Award. Recognition is to be a certificate. All restrictions of the Perles Publication Award also govern the Honorable Mention.


By NASG Board of Trustees majority vote of articles nominated by Perles Publication Award Committee.


For an article to qualify, it must appear in publication over a one year period, April 1 through March 31 of the following year. The publication must be on the newsstand or received by subscribers within this time period regardless of the publication cover date.


Proceeds from auction of Tony Perles' S scale items and any donations to this award were put into the NASG General Fund. Any interest from the proceeds of the auction and any donations will finance the award. If the interest does not completely cover the cost of the award, NASG General Fund monies will be used for the remainder necessary to complete the value of the award.

Winners of the Award

1988 Bob Leners
Model Railroading, July 1987
Layout Tour: Bob Leners' S Scale 3-Foot Narrow Gauge Rio Grande Southern (cover and 5 pages)
1989 Roy Hoffman
Classic Toy Trains, Fall 1988
The S Gauge Penn Western (mentioned on cover & 4 pages)
1990 Bob Werre
Model Railroader, July 1989
Cheyenne Mountain Railroad (Cover & 5 pages)
1991 Vic Roseman
Railroad Model Craftsman, October 1990
The Central Jersey S Scalers' Modular Layout (Cover & 5 pages)
1992 Mike Palmiter
Great Model Railroads 1992
Modeling New York City in S Scale (6 pages)
1993 Bob Nicholson
Model Railroader, January 1993
The Iowa Central (3 pages)
1994 Brooks Stover
Model Railroader, December 1993
The S Scale Buffalo Creek & Gauley Railroad (mentioned in the August 1995 issue of MR on page 141)
1995 Mike Martin
Railroad Model Craftsman, January 1995
The Great Smokey Mountain Rwy: A Railroader's Railroad (4 pages)
1996 Gil Bennett
Model Railroading, January 1996
Mecur & Topaz Railroad (Cover & 6 pages)
1997 Craig O'Connell
World Wide Web S Scale Pages
Model Railroading (8 pages)
1998 Roger Nulton
Great Model Railroads 1998
The Monon Route (8 pages)
1999 Dave Jasper
Model Railroader, January 1999
The Central New England Rwy (6 pages)
2000 Frank Titman (d)
Great Model Railroads 2000
Spiral Hill Railroad (7 pages)
2001 Keith Thompson
Model Railroader, February 2001
S Scale Empire with a Narrow Gauge Past (4 pages)
2002 Dick Roberts
Railroad Model Craftsman, October 2001
Joel Shank's Sn3 Rio Grande Southern (Cover + 7 pages)
2003 Kenneth Ehlers
Model Railroader, October 2002
Rocky Mountain Narrow Gauge Empire (8 pages)
2004 Roger Carp
Classic Toy Trains, November 2003
S Gauge His Own Way (4 pages)
2005 Jesse Bennett (d)
Model Railroader, July 2004
Great Northern Pacific
2006 Craig Raymond
Finescale Railroader 2006 Narrow Gauge Annual
RGS in Sn3 (12 pages)
2007 Brooks Stover
Railroad Model Craftsman, December 2006
The Buffalo Creek & Gauley R.R. (9 pages)
2008 Art Fahey
Railroad Model Craftsman, September 2007
The Making of Wharf Street (5 pages)
2009 Jim Martin
Railroad Model Craftsman, May 2008
The S Scale Workshop (7 pages)
2010 Paul Scoles (d)
Great Model Railroads 2010
Diamond Stacks To The Sierra Nevadas (8 pages)
2011 Brooks Stover
Great Model Railroads 2011
Steam's Last Days on a West Virginia Shortline
2012 Brooks Stover
NMRA Magazine
One Prototype, Two Modelers, Two Scales
2013 Gaylord Gill
NMRA Magazine November 2012
Creating an Award Winning S Scale Display Layout
2014 Brooks Stover
NMRA Magazine, April 2014
Modeling B&O's EL-3 in S Scale
2015 Paul Dolkos
Great Model Railroads 2015
Right-sizing Mountains and Industry
2016 Dick Karnes
Great Model Railroads 2016
Building a "What If" Railroad Under Catenary
2017 Dan Munson
Railroad Model Craftsman, March 2017
Kaw Valley Line

Honorable Mention

1999 Edward Loizeaux
Railroad Model Craftsman, June 1998
Visiting the S Scale National Convention (3 pages)
2001 Roy Hoffman
Model Railroad News, October 2000, December 2000, February 2001
S Curves, column (5 pages)
2002 Mark A. Edwards
Classic Toy Trains, December 2001
11 Pieces of Christmas (5 pages)
2004 Paul Scoles (d)
Narrow Gauge & Shortline Gazette, January/February 2004
Klamath Local (Cover & 6 pages)
2005 Ed Loizeaux
Great Model Railroads 2005
The Other Side of the Catskills
2006 Dick Karnes
Railroad Model Craftsman, April 2006
Kitbashing an NYC Class DEf 2-D-2 Locomotive (2 pages)
2007 Vic Roseman
Classic Toy Trains, January 2006 & February 2006
Build a Lightweight S Gauge Layout (2 parts - 10 pages)
2011 Roger Nulton
NMRA Magazine, March 2011
Master Model Railroader Earned
2011 Keith Thompson
The Keystone Modeler, Autumn 2010
PRR's P5A Electric Motor in S-Scale
2013 Dick Karnes
Railroad Model Craftsman, November 2012
Operations on the NYW&B
2013 Pete Smith
Railroad Model Craftsman, November 2012
The Loon Lake Railway & Navigation Company
2015 Bob Stelmach
NMRA Magazine, April 2014
Using On30 as a Basis for S Scale Modeling
2015 Nigel Bowyer
Continental Modeller, August 2014
Forest City & Southern
2016 Brooks Stover & Gaylord Gill
NMRA Magazine, April 2016
S Scale Modeling in Southeastern Michigan
2016 Bob Werre & Steve Doyle
Great Model Railroads 2016
The Burlington Route along Route 66

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