General News

This page covers individual/personal sales, books, magazines, videos, train show reports, etc. Click on the "Web Site" link to the left of the announcement to visit the web page.

July 05, 2017

Model Railroad Academy Track Talk Live

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The June 2017 edition of the Model Railroad Academy Track Talk Live is out. This casual all-scales Q&A video is hosted by two S-scale modelers, Steve Doyle and Doug Hodgdon.

June 18, 2017

S Gaugian Interview With Lionel & MTH

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The July/August 2017 issue of the S Gaugian has an interview done by Bill Clark with both Lionel and MTH about their future activities within the S-scale market.

June 06, 2017

Model Railroad Academy Track Talk Live

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The May 2017 edition of the Model Railroad Academy Track Talk Live is out. This casual all-scales Q&A video is hosted by two S-scale modelers, Steve Doyle and Doug Hodgdon.

May 23, 2017

The S Scale Resource Available

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The latest issue of this free magazine is now available for online viewing or downloading.

May 20, 2017

Podcast with Mike Ostertag

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S-scale modeler Mike Ostertag is the guest of this May 2017 podcast hosted by well-known author and modeler Lionel Strang.

May 02, 2017

Model Railroad Academy Track Talk Live

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The April 2017 edition of the Model Railroad Academy Track Talk Live is out. This casual all-scales Q&A video is hosted by two S-scale modelers, Steve Doyle and Doug Hodgdon.

April 29, 2017

3/16 "S"cale Railroading Magazine

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Ed Loizeaux reports that the entire collection of back-issues of the 3/16 "S"cale Railroading magazine has been transferred to the NASG Mobley Library. So, if you are looking for a hard-copy, or a scan of a particular article, contact the NASG Library.

March 26, 2017

The S Scale Resource Available

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The latest issue of this free magazine is now available for online viewing or downloading.

March 23, 2017

Chip Romig's Collection on eBay

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Chip Romig, from the Dallas, Texas area, passed away last year. His extensive collection of S-scale products are now available at the auction site eBay. Currently mostly SHS cars are listed, but the page indicates that all the other products will be listed over time.

March 15, 2017

Chuck Kemper Shares Photos of His First Layout

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Chuck shares photos he took of his first layout that he built for his sons and himself. In about a year he accomplished a lot.

February 16, 2017

S-scale in "C&NWHS Modeler" Online Magazine

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Dan Vandermause wrote an article about how to model the C&NW covered hoppers in S-scale in the "C&NWHS Modeler" online magazine. Includes model photos by several other S-scale modelers, too.

January 24, 2017

The S Scale Resource Available

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The latest issue is now available for viewing or downloading.

December 03, 2016

Trevor Nunn's "Trowland"

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If you enjoy British-style model railroads, you might enjoy Trevor Nunn's latest effort, called "Trowland". Photos of the layout are now shared on the British S Scale Model Railway Society web site.

November 28, 2016

Track Talk Live November

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A (recorded) live-stream event featuring a Q&A with Doug Hodgdon and Steve Doyle, who happen to both model in S-scale, with part of their layouts visible in the backgrounds. Be sure to check out their collection of handy tip videos.

November 28, 2016

The S Scale Resource Available

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The latest issue of this free magazine is now available for online viewing or downloading.

November 24, 2016

Mike Fyten's Layout on Trainmasters.tv

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This is a subscription-based 20-minute video of Mike's layout. It is professionally-shot and very well lit. Includes an interview with Mike. Freely available is a PDF file of his layout's track plan.

November 09, 2016

Sn2 Crew Layout Photos

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On his web site, George Dutka (O-scale modeler) shared a few photos of the Sn2 Crew's Randolph, Maine module shown at a recent train show.

November 02, 2016

All Scale Rails Magazine Features Ron Schlicht's Layout

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This issue features Ron Schlicht's very nice layout.

August 25, 2016

S Scale Workshop at Exporail 2016

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Simon Parent shares photos of the S Scale Workshop group at the 2016 edition of Exporail (click on the link). Fellow club member Trevor Marshall also took photos and provides a blog post on his web site. This club does some amazing work!

August 21, 2016

Jay Mellon's NASG Convention Vendor Report

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As has become my custom, I have prepared a report detailing the activities from the vendor room at the recent 2016 NASG convention in Novi, MI. I have no financial ties with any vendors reported herein, but only wish to convey what was available during the convention. I apologize to those whom I may have overlooked.

American Models - Ron Bashista had a nice display of his products, including the Texas & Pacific set and the new dome passenger cars for previously released train sets (available 9/2016).

Des Plaines Hobbies - Ron Sebastian had a large selection of S Scale America product and decals, as well as the recently released Thrall gondola kit.

East-West Rail Service - Al Castellani had his reefer icing facility on display, as well as the new Southern Pacific stock car kit (S-40-5). It will be available in January, 2017.

Fox Valley Models - A display of their products was included on the DPH tables. Products include 36" flex track (code 138) and #5 RH, LH turnouts (both scale and hi-rail).

Hoquat Hobbies - Despite having announced his 'retirement' in December, 2015, Jeff Wilson had a lot of S product in Novi, including structure kits, special run cars, vehicle models, etc. (left over inventory). Contact him to see if he has what you're looking for.

Jeff Madden - He had his usual selection of truck vehicle models, as well as available SHS track products.

Roy Meissner - He had a display of his custom truck models, as well as NASG-themed products.

Michigan Models - Although he down-sized his operation in 2012, Tom Hawley had lots of S product in the vendor hall (e.g. American Models). ("I keep finding more stuff.") He continues as a dealer for Smoky Mountain Model Works kits.

Milepost 169 - Ken Zieska had assorted structure kits, as well as the new Monster Modelworks kit that was used in the model contest.

O Scale Turnouts - New vendor Bill McConnell had his O-scale turnouts on display (quality examples). He is proposing to produce S scale code 100 #5 turnouts (RH, LH) with isolated frogs, as well as #5 hirail turnouts (code 125); also, other track products, depending upon demand (wcm@oscaleturnouts.com).

Pikesville Models - Dave Blum had his usual large selection of American Flyer products. He recently entered the structure kit market with a high rise building kit.

Port Lines Hobbies - Doug Peck had his expected display of S products, along with S estate sale products.

River Raisin Models - Dan Navarre had a display of his gorgeous brass models. Recent news is 'The Early Berkshires' project is in GO status and includes an addition of an Illinois Central model. Contact him ASAP if interested in these models.

Royal Models - They had a display of S scale detail parts (signs, etc.)

S Scale Resource - Dan Dawdy was there to promote his online magazine. You can download a pdf file for free!

Scenery Unlimited - Don Heimberger had his usual selection of books, S rolling stock and detail parts.

Tomalco Track - Larry Morton had a nice display of his S scale track products (turnouts, flex track) in code 100, 83 and 70 (?).

There were also numerous vendors selling S product (e.g. AF, SHS, MTH) from their personal collections. This was most likely the best selection of S products that you will see this year. The Southeast Michigan S Gaugers club did an excellent jot of putting together this convention.

Jay Mellon
New Orleans, LA

August 19, 2016

New S-scale MMR

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Jerry Wilson, Sn3 modeler from Texas, attains the NMRA Master Model Railroader status, #577.

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