News: Our Community

S-scale has a relatively tight-knit group of people, where a lot of us know each other via local clubs, train shows, e-mail, discussion groups, or various forms of social media. This page covers information about specific individuals, clubs, train show reports, personal web site updates, etc.

October 13, 2020

Yahoo! Groups To Shut Down

The (formerly very active) Yahoo! Groups discussion mailing list is officially shutting down on December 15, 2020. This does not really come as a great surprise, as they had cut down on their services in recent years. Most people were speculating that since their takeover by Verizon, their non-income producing discussion groups would be phased out. Apparently that has come true. Most of the major discussion mailing lists have already moved to, and the remaining ones will need to do the same, or simply stop.
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October 12, 2020

Flyer Fest 2020 Cancelled

It is now planned, by the same group, to take place in 2021 instead.
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October 03, 2020

John Dalton

NASG member John Dalton passed away on August 9, 2020. John had degrees in engineering and worked on the Apollo 11 moon lander.
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September 23, 2020

Doug Miller

Long-time NASG member, Doug Miller, passed away on September 21, 2020. Our condolences to his wife and family. Doug was one of the charter members of the Southeastern Michigan S Gaugers. Doug owned a company called Miller Engineering (there were and are several companies with that name in the model railroading industry).

August 13, 2020

2020 Fall S Fest Cancelled

The Badgerland S Gaugers have to announce the postponement of the 45th Annual, 2020 Fall S Fest Convention that was scheduled to be held this November 6th thru 8th at the Four Points Sheraton Airport Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

With increasing numbers of Covid 19 cases in the city of Milwaukee and primarily the concern for all of our attendees, the Fall S Fest Committee regrettably felt that this step was necessary during this unprecedented period. Fall S Fest sponsorship is a four club event. The Badgerland S Gaugers (BSG) wish to thank the State Line (SLSG), Chicagoland (CASG) and St. Louis (AFSGSLA) clubs for their thoughtfulness in agreeing to slide back one year as sponsors of this annual event.

The Badgerland S Gaugers have re-scheduled the 45th Annual Fall S Fest for November 5th thru 7th 2021. The event will take place at the same location the Four Points Sheraton Airport Hotel.

There are various options for those whom have already registered:
a) Return all registrations and checks.
b) Offer a carryover of the registration and BSG will deposit the payments. As an incentive, in the event that we would have to raise any prices for 2021, we would honor present payment if retained.
c) Cars could be picked up at a location in the Milwaukee area (location to be determined). Registration fee would still be required. Available October 1, 2020.
d) Offer to send the cars, available October 1, 2020. Registration fee would still be required. Mailing costs would be $10.00 per car and $4.00 for each additional car.
e) Only the individuals that pre-registered will be offered the early car distribution, which will take place October 1, 2020. The remaining cars will be retained by BSG for distribution at Fall S Fest 2021.
f) BSG will hold paid-for cars for individuals that wish to pick them up at next year's event.
If you have pre-registered, please contact Roy Meissner (see e-mail link below) and indicate which option you would prefer.
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July 14, 2020

Dick Kloes

Richard (Dick) Kloes, a long-time NASG member, passed away due to cancer on June 22, 2020 at the age of 83. Dick was also a key member of the Badgerland S Gaugers club (for 45 years!). Dick's "Root River & Southern" appeared in the NASG Dispatch, the February 2003 issue on page 14. The layout was open during the 2003 NASG Convention. Dick introduced himself in the April 1997 issue of the Dispatch (pg. 13).
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July 12, 2020

Bill Oertly

(this entry was originally posted on April 23, 2020, but more information about Bill has been provided, including the link below)

Long-time NASG member Bill Oertly passed away on April 17, 2020 due to complications from cancer. Bill was 70 years old. Bill, who modeled the Western Maryland (and the B&O), was a fantastic S-scale modeler and a member of the Potomac Valley S Gauge Association. He served the NASG as its Treasurer in the late 1970s (the first full-term one after the NASG, Inc. was created). Bill also wrote two books related to the Western Maryland. He was an expert on tank cars, as he was an inspector for the Norfolk Southern Railroad.
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July 10, 2020

Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette Article July Issue

Brooks Stover has an article about the interesting engine house he built for his current layout.
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July 10, 2020

Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette Article May Issue

Brooks Stover has an article about the Elk River Coal & Lumber Company Swandale Sawmill on his layout in this issue.
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June 17, 2020

C. Lee McCarty

On June 13 Lee McCarty passed away due to liver disease. Lee was a long-time NASG member. He wrote several articles for the NASG's Dispatch. He was the recipient of the Bernie Thomas NASG award in 2016. Lee served as the NASG's Executive Vice President from 1983 through 1987, was the Eastern VP from 1979 through 1983, and served as the NASG Convention chairman up through 1986 (probably from the start of that position). Lee played college football and semi-pro football, having been drafted by the Dallas cowboys. He changed his mind and decided to proceed to get a PhD in Economics. Lee taught at various levels until retirement. Model railroading was in his blood since he was a small boy. He was an active member of the Cuyahoga Valley S Gauge Assn (he was their president for at least 10 years). Lee assisted others with the operation of local model train shows, coordinated several Spring Sprees (when in the Cleveland area), repaired model trains, and taught others how to do the repairs.
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May 30, 2020

Donald Beem

Long-time NASG member Donald Beem, of Silver City, New Mexico, passed away on March 23, 2020.
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May 13, 2020

Skip Sanchez

The Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers reported that their member Salvador "Skip" Sanchez passed away on May 3, 2020 due to cancer.
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May 06, 2020

Tim Benner

Tim Benner passed away on April 23, 2020 from a battle with cancer. Tim was briefly an NASG member, and a member of the Southeastern Michigan S Gaugers club. He was building an S-scale layout at his home, modeling the PRR.
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April 29, 2020

Frank Emiro

Long-time NASG member Frank Emiro passed away recently. Frank lived in Kodak, Tennessee. He was an active member of the Bristol S Gauge Railroaders club.

April 22, 2020

South Jersey S Gaugers Videos

The South Jersey S Gaugers now have their own YouTube channel. With all of us being locked down in place, you might enjoy watching these!
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April 20, 2020

Allen W. Lewis

NASG member Allen Lewis, from Carrolton, KY, passed away recently.

April 20, 2020

Steve Spence

NASG member Steve Spence passed away on April 4, 2020. Steve hailed from Allentown, PA, and has been a long-time NASG member.

March 29, 2020

More A.F. Layout Info Added

Photos added to Marv Harger's layout.
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March 29, 2020

More Layout Info Added

Information and/or photos added about Frank Criswell's, Rich Gjanak's, Michael Fox', Brooks Stover's (previous and current), and Steve Monson's layouts. Photo added to Steve Doyle's layout. Videos added to Bob Werre's, Michael Fox', Steve Doyle's, and Ken Zieska's layouts.
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March 20, 2020

2020 Spring S Spree

The event has been moved to next year, 2021.

March 11, 2020

Sn3 Symposium CANCELED

The organizers of the Sn3 Symposium have decided to cancel/postpone the event.

March 10, 2020

Valley of the Sun S Gaugers Changes Name

The "Valley of the Sun S Gaugers" have voted to change their name to "Arizona S Scale Association".

February 16, 2020

Cascade Rail Supply Closing

Owner Steve Cox announced on his web site that the company is now closed due to family situations. Cascade Rail Supply provided pre-cut homasote for laying track.
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February 16, 2020

Jim Martin Contributes Lindberg Boat Photo

Jim Martin shares with us a kitbashed model of a Lindberg shrimp boat, which he turned into a Great Lakes fishing tug.
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February 06, 2020

Don McGinnis

From the South Jersey S Gaugers' newsletter, they reported that their club member Don McGinnis, from New Jersey, had passed away on December 16, 2019. Don was an elementary school music teacher for 32 years. He was an NASG member, who enjoyed modeling the Union Pacific.
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January 31, 2020

Marty Wik

NASG member Marty Wik of Cave Creek, Arizona, passed away in the evening of January 29 due to cancer. Marty was a key member of the Valley of Sun S Gaugers club in Arizona. Marty (on the right) is shown admiring Bill Winans layout during the club's visit in 2019. Marty was an expert at getting old American Flyer products running again. He collected trains of all sizes, but his favorite was always S. He was also a car enthusiast, building hot-rods, and restoring cars from the 1960s.

January 15, 2020

North Penn S Gaugers Update

The North Penn S Gaugers have changed their web site's domain.
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January 09, 2020

S-Trains Yahoo Group Message Archive

With what looks like Yahoo! Groups slow death, Dale Smith has downloaded all the messages of the S-Trains Yahoo! Group, and has made them available on this web site.
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December 31, 2019

A Review of New Products for 2019

Happy New Year everyone! Let's look at what was released during 2019.

New Locomotives

New Cars

New structures by:
(for these, search for the text Year Introduced "2019")
banta modelworks
Greenlight Collectibles
Hidden River Manufacturing
Johnny Lightning
Portland Locomotive Works
Rail Scale Models
Right On Track Models
Sandy Point Models
Scenery Unlimited
Todd Architectural Models
Twin Whistle Sign & Kit Co.

Well over 400 new automobiles by:
(for these, look for the text Model Introduced "2019")
ACME Trading Co. (2)
Auto World (12)
CanaDakota Scale Models (1)
Die Cast Promotions (21)
Diecast Masters (4)
Ertl (19)
First Gear (3)
Greenlight Collectibles (194)
Jada Toys (6)
Johnny Lightning (65)
M2 (40)
Maisto (7)
Racing Champions (9)
SpecCast Collectibles (20)
SZenery Scale Models (12)

And, many new figures.
There were 1,000 entries in this "News" section reported for 2019.

November 29, 2019

The 1:64 Proto Discussion Group is Moving

Due to Yahoo! Groups' recent policy changes, the "Proto64" Yahoo! Groups discussion group is moving to the discussion group (several other S-scale-related groups have already moved, most notably the "S-scale" group). If you already have an account on, you can quickly and easily join by clicking on the web link below.
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November 06, 2019

Larry Covey

Larry Covey of Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a member of the NASG, passed away in his sleep on Friday, November 1, 2019. He was also a member of the local Pioneer Valley Model Railroad Club. Larry's huge basement full of model railroad collections was open as part of the 2018 NASG Convention. Larry's unique personality continues even after his passing, because he wanted no services, and to have his ashes scattered in space! He is survived by his wife, Ellie, who has invited the local group to come and see his basement collection at any time.

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