General

This page covers individual/personal sales, books, magazines, videos, train show reports, etc. In general, announcements will stay on this page for up to one year. Click on the "Web Site" link to the left of the announcement to visit the web page. Some photos can also be clicked to take you directly to the web page where that product is listed.

March 10, 2019

Piedmont S Gaugers' Last Show

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Web Site

The Piedmont S Gaugers held their last public show, according to the post on the OGR forum. Only one member is under 70 years of age, and so the workload of train shows was getting to be too much.

February 27, 2019

John Constans' Westside Lumber Sn3 Layout Saved

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Web Site

John Constans' layout was donated to the San Diego S-Gaugers club and they are in the process of integrating it into their club display. Progress photos are shown on the web site link.

February 03, 2019

The Feb/Mar 2019 S Scale Resource Available

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Web Site

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

January 22, 2019

Autoweek Cover Has 1:64 Cars

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The January 14th, 2019 issue of the Autoweek magazine has a cover that supposedly has 8,200 Mattel Hot Wheels cars on it. It is debatable whether most of these cars are actually close to S-scale in dimensions, but nonetheless, an impressive sight. The article states that the brand has been around 50 years, has produced about 6 billion models, and is currently producing 4 million models per week!

January 11, 2019

Bill Lane Reports On Sam Powell's 4-4-2

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Web Site

Follow the link on the left to see Bill Lane's latest efforts in getting the late Sam Powell's last steam engine up and running. Sam was sharing with a number of us about his latest project, when he suddenly passed away of a heart-attack while clearing his driveway of snow.

December 29, 2018

Michael Eldridge Completes V&T Flat Car Kit

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Web Site

As modeling inspiration, follow the link on the left to see how S-scale modeler Michael Eldridge completes a Southern Pacific F-70 flat car kit originally manufactured by V&T Shops.

November 30, 2018

The Dec 2018 S Scale Resource Available

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Web Site

The issue is available for viewing or downloading.

October 30, 2018

Rocky Mountain Hi-Railers

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Web Site

The Rocky Mountain Hi-Railers revealed their Phase 2 of the Lookout Junction IV layout recently at the Railshow 2018 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Click the photo to see a larger version.

October 19, 2018

Bob Frascella's Painting

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Web Site

Bob Frascella, a well-known S-scale modeler, also paints railroading scenes. He did a painting a number of years ago for Ken Patterson, and then Ken did a photo of a model duplicating that painting. The lead locomotive, in real life, in that painting is going to be restored, which is the topic covered in the linked-to YouTube video.

October 10, 2018

Track Talk Live October 2018

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Web Site

The October 2018 edition of this talk show is now available, co-hosted by Doug Hodgdon, an S-scale modeler.

October 05, 2018

Bob Frascella on Lionel Strang's Podcast Show

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Web Site

You can listen to, or download the mp3 file.

September 27, 2018

The Oct/Nov 2018 S Scale Resource Available

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Web Site

The issue is available for viewing or downloading.

September 19, 2018

Bay Area S Scalers Share First Public Operating Session

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Web Site

The BASS club set up their Free-mo-style layout at the 2018 Colfax show, and attempted an operating session at a public show. The page shows a number of photos that were taken at the event.

September 19, 2018

Last Sn3 Modeler Magazine

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Web Site

After 34 years, Heimburger House has just shipped its last issue of the Sn3 Modeler. Don is wanting to slow down, and the hope is that some other publisher will take over and continue the magazine.

September 05, 2018

Jim Martin Sets Up His Modules After a Move

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Web Site

Jim Martin, a member of the S Scale Workshop, recently completed a move. While waiting for his previous house to sell, he had no layout, so he is glad to be done with all that. It looks like he has a nice space now.

August 07, 2018

NASG Convention Photos

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The NASG Dispatch will have a collection of photos and reports about the 2018 NASG Convention in Boxbrough, MA in the September issue. However, here are some of the photo albums that people have started:

Bristol S Gauge Railroaders photo albums
Bristol S Gauge Railroaders YouTube videos

July 22, 2018

The Aug/Sep 2018 S Scale Resource Available

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Web Site

The issue is available for viewing or downloading.

July 02, 2018

Jim Kindraka's NYC RS-1 Article

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Web Site

Jim wrote an article about how he built the S Scale America RS-1 locomotive, for the NYCentral Modeler online magazine. You can download your copy by following the link on the left.

June 30, 2018

Supreme Court Decision

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Web Site

While politics has no place on a hobby web site such as this, we wanted to briefly touch on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision of June 21, 2018. Since most of us have to buy our S-scale products via the Internet or through mail-order, this will have an impact on our S-scale hobby.

The United States Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision on June 21, overturned the 1992 Quill Corp. vs. North Dakota case, which prohibited states from charging sales tax unless the business has a physical presence in the state. The South Dakota vs. Wayfair June 21, 2018 decision clears the way for states to begin collecting sales tax on Internet sales.

While opinions of this decision for or against don't seem to be aligned with Republican or Democrat viewpoints, not all agree with it (on both sides of the aisle). Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the dissenting view (i.e. he thinks this is a bad idea), and suggested that Congress take up the issue to, perhaps, write a law.

The pros of this decision is that state governments can now start collecting more taxes. Also, since a local customer has to pay sales tax at a local store, buying on the Internet no longer escapes the ability to pay sales taxes, thereby, somewhat, leveling the playing field between brick-n-mortar stores and online retailers.

The cons are, of course, that this is yet another way for governments to take our hard-earned money, and, worse, something we or our representatives never got to vote on. Two, unlike brick-n-mortar stores who charge a single sales tax rate based on where they are located to conduct their business, online retailers, starting on January 1, 2019, are going to have to charge the sales tax rate of wherever their customer lives. This means that small online retailers are going to have to get up to speed on 12,000 sales tax jurisdictions and know that they have collected the correct sales tax from their customers, and then somehow remit that amount to the appropriate taxing agency. Online retailers will have to become familiar with every one of these local laws.

This is, of course, un-doable and ridiculous, and adds significant overhead in both time and money to operating a business online. Large corporations, such as Amazon and Walmart, will be able to handle this. But small mom-n-pop businesses, which are the majority of S-scale business owners, will have to deal with this on our own.

May 30, 2018

The Jun/Jul 2018 S Scale Resource Available

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Web Site

The issue is available for viewing or downloading.

May 01, 2018

Stephen Hatch's Layout Progress

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Web Site

Stephen Hatch's Sn3 is making good progress. He shares some new photos on his web site.

April 04, 2018

Scratchbuilt Tank Car

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What to do when you are scratchbuilding a steam locomotive and the drivers are not yet available? Well, if you are a master modeler such as Paul Washburn, you scratchbuild yourself a tank car! Click the photo to see a larger version. Photos © Paul Washburn.

April 02, 2018

2018 Midwest Narrow Gauge Show

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Web Site

Click the link on the left for a report on the 2018 Midwest Narrow Gauge show.

March 31, 2018

What Scale Would You Choose If Starting Over?

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Web Site

Ken Patterson's answer on his Podcast. See web site link on the left.

March 25, 2018

The Apr/May 2018 S Scale Resource Available

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Web Site

The issue is available for viewing or downloading.

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