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This page shows a listing of news entries from the past month or so. Click photos to visit the web sites.

January 23, 2021

2021 Catalog Volume 1 by Lionel

The latest Lionel catalog is out.


January 23, 2021

Layouts Page Updated

Mike Swederska, Sr shares some of his custom-decorated equipment for his private road name.

January 23, 2021

New York Central Budd Car Safety Striping by Great Decals!

These are car-end decals, set #WSM-57. Decals with the distinctive New York Central Budd car safety striping, in black, white, and red, in S-scale are available from Bill Mosteller, Great Decals!, 3306 Parkside Terrace, Fairfax, VA 22031. The sets cost $17.49, and include NYC road names and numbers. Each set does one Rail Diesel Car. PayPal accepted. Dealer's inquires welcome. The New York Central's Budd RDCs were delivered without the distinctive safety striping. After car M-498 was destroyed in a grade crossing accident in 1960, the railroad applied the zebra end striping to improve the cars' visibility. Additionally, Penn Central applied these stripes to post-merger New Haven Budd cars. This decal is in memory of Walt Danylak of Syracuse, NY.

January 23, 2021

S-Helper Service Christmas Items

A new page has been added that lists all the Christmas items that S-Helper Service produced.

January 21, 2021

The Model Dockyard Closes

The company closed on January 5, 2021. They manufactured several S-scale boat-related parts.

January 20, 2021

Announcing The New NASG Librarian

Dale Minard has volunteered and has been selected as the next NASG Librarian. Dale is a member of the San Diego S Gaugers club, where he is already serving as their librarian. The properties of the NASG's Mobley library are being collected and sent to Dave Jasper, who will actually store the content. This is expected to be completed by April 2021. Dale Minard and Ted Larson will be working on digitizing the content of the library.

January 20, 2021

New Cars Available by Maisto

January 19, 2021

Jan/Feb 2020, 2021 Dispatch PDFs Available

The public version of the January/February 2020 issue of the NASG's Dispatch is now available. Also, the members-only issue of the January/February 2021 Dispatch PDF can now be downloaded via the "Members Only" section.

January 17, 2021

Layouts Page Updated

Neil Froese continues to make good progress on his sectional, point-to-point modernday layout. He sent in some updated photos, as well as some additional details about his layout.

January 17, 2021

Product Gallery Photos Added

Neil Froese provided photos of several of his finished Kaslo cylindrical hoppers.

January 16, 2021

Clubs Page Reformatted

The Clubs page has been reformatted to group the listing of clubs by both their region and their club name. This should make it easy to find a club in which you are interested in joining, or visiting if you are going to be in the area.

Note that since the re-design of the web site in early December, you can now send club photos and detailed layout descriptions of your club's layout(s) to the NASG webmaster for inclusion in your club's page on this site.

January 14, 2021

Product Gallery Photos Added

Bill Lane provides photos of Train Stuff passenger cars.

January 13, 2021

New Cars Available by Johnny Lightning

January 13, 2021

New Tractor Available by Ertl

January 12, 2021

ACF Model A Trailer Hitch for TOFC Flat Cars

Mark Charles has had post-transition-era trailer hitches designed. If you are interested in these, please contact Mark. Click to send an e-mail.

January 12, 2021

Rhett George Passed Away

S-scale modeler and NASG member Rhett George, of Hillsborough, North Carolina, passed away on December 14, 2020 at the age of 87. Dr. George was a professor emeritus of Electrical Engineering at Duke University. The unfortunate news was that his wife, Joanna, passed away on January 2, 2021. They were both members of the Atlantic Coast S Gaugers - Carolinas Division. The photo was taken by Jack Ruth, showing Joanna and Rhett working on repairing an AF accessory.

January 10, 2021

4-wheel Lightweight Passenger Trucks by River Raisin Models

The company announces their next project, the four-wheel lightweight passenger car truck, to be manufactured by Boo Rim Precision. They are producing three different versions, used by a large number of railroads from the 1930s onward. On the River Raisin web site are documents listing which railroads had which truck types starting in which year. The trucks can be ordered now (see their web site for ordering instructions), with a pre-production price of $65 per pair. These brass trucks will be available unpainted, as well as painted in several colors. Click any of the photos to go to their web site.

January 10, 2021

Mike Schwab Passed Away

Outstanding Sn3 modeler and NASG member, Mike Schwab, unexpectedly passed away due to a heart-attack.

January 10, 2021

Sn3 Symposium Dates Moved

The Sn3 Symposium has been moved from May to August due to the likelihood that New Mexico is still in a lockdown situation in May.

January 10, 2021

Updates by Port Lines Hobby Supply

Doug Peck reports that MTH estimates that their 2019-catalog locomotives are scheduled to arrive in February and March, and their cabooses in April. Their track components are also going to be shipped, but they offered no dates.

Doug has received the new Lionel ES44AC Legacy locomotives, and that their new heavyweight passengers cars are due to arrive soon.

January 09, 2021

Live Events Listing Added

Since it looks like the lockdowns are continuing, a new "Live Events" section has been added to the main Events page of this web site, to offer a listing of events that you can join remotely and still be able to talk to fellow S enthusiasts live. If you know of another live chat or Zoom meeting that occurs routinely and involves S, please contact the webmaster so that we can add your event, too.

January 09, 2021

Modular Wall System by AcmeDAK

This newly-discovered manufacturer produces items in various scales. They already carry gondola loads for P-B-L cars, non-scale-specific retaining wall sections, short Sn2 tie strips. The company's owner is currently developing a new modular wall system in various scales, including S. He is planning on developing 4" tall and 6" wide wall sections that are 1/8" thick. Various shapes are being proposed (see photo). Each package/wall is $10, with easy online ordering. Shipping is estimated in the March to May, 2021 timeframe. This manufacturer produces items in batches; these are not continuously-in-stock items.

January 06, 2021

Product Gallery Photos Added

Jim Kindraka contributes photos of his Train Stuff box cars.

January 05, 2021

Fishbelly Hopper Detailing Parts by Dave's Twacks & Twains

Clay Buckage announces that the following parts for the new MTH fishbelly hoppers are in stock:

1278-05-01 Plate, Top Corner, Hopper, Unpainted each 1.00
1278-05-03 Platform, Brake each 1.00
1278-05-04 Support, Brake Platform each 0.50
1278-05-05 Housing, Brake, Ajax, w/Chain each 2.00
1278-05-09 Divider, Bay, Rib Side each 1.50
1278-05-11 Latch, Door, Left, Hopper, Unpainted each 0.50
1278-05-12 Latch, Door, Right, Hopper, Unpainted each 0.50
1278-06-07 Divider, Bay Offset each 1.50
1278-06-11 Support, Brake Lever each 1.00
1278-06-12 Brakewheel, Ajax, Hopper each 2.50
1278-08-06 Hanger, Brake Line, Hopper, Unpainted each 0.50

January 05, 2021

Lionel Celebrating 75 Years of The "American Flyer" Brand

The 2021 Lionel Big Book catalog will be released on January 20. It can be viewed online on that date, or you can pick up a copy from your local Lionel dealer. On February 2 at 5pm Eastern Standard Time, the National Association of S Gaugers has arranged, with Lionel's cooperation, a live Internet presentation, "The American Flyer 2021 Catalog Live". Celebrate 75 years of American Flyer trains with Ryan Kunkle, Lionel's Director of Product Management. He will take viewers on a journey to review the exciting new products in the 2021 American Flyer Catalog. Anyone wishing to join the presentation may go to Facebook or to YouTube on that day to join the presentation and enter comments and questions to which Lionel will respond as time permits.

January 03, 2021

Greenville 5,400cuft Wood Chip Hopper by Seaboard Shops

The company primarily offers HO-scale products, but they created an S-scale version of the Greenville 5,400 cubic foot woodchip hopper, primarily used by the Seaboard Air Line and subsequent railroads.

January 03, 2021

Kingfield Covered Station Kit by Portland Locomotive Works

Gary Kohler announced that he is going to create a kit for this station in S-scale. Since these are limited-run kits, he would need to know ahead of time how many to produce. If you have not yet expressed your interest in this kit, now is the time to do so. The Kingfield, Maine covered station was originally built for the Franklin & Megantic Railroad, and it became the longest-surviving covered station of the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad. The problem with covered stations back then was the errand sparks from steam engines that caught the building on fire. Click to send an e-mail.

January 03, 2021

Pacific Electric Cars by Paul Washburn

Early in 2020 Paul Washburn finished two Pacific Electric box cars and a caboose that he built from scratch. A couple of photos have been added of those models.

January 03, 2021

S-Helper Service Trailers Listing Updated

The listing has been updated based on the final listing that Don Thompson provided.

January 03, 2021

Two New Structure Kits by Right On Track Models

The company has listed two new kits (to us, at least) on their web site.

January 02, 2021

John Mann's Project Photos

John sent some photos of projects he has completed.

January 02, 2021

New Concepts and Ideas Page Added

Marvin Harger sent in an idea for his lamppost installation. This led to the creation of a new page in the "How-to" section of this web site where modelers can share concepts, thoughts, and ideas they have, to solve a particular modeling problem. Hopefully these will be useful to other modelers as well, regardless of preferred modeling scale.

January 02, 2021

New Detailing Parts Available by Smoky Mountain Model Works

The company announces several new freight car detailing parts, such as one new door set, one new car end set, and the two brake wheel varieties shown in the photos. Click on the photos to go to the company's web site page that lists all the parts they currently have available.

January 02, 2021

Paul Washburn Completes His SP 4-8-0

Paul's latest scratchbuilding project has been the SP 4-8-0 #2914, which he has finished. The completed-model photos have been added to his page that shows some of the construction photos he took.

January 02, 2021

Photos of Bob Nicholson's Layout Added

Two more photos of Bob's custom-decorated equipment were provided by Tom Lennon and Dave Branum.

January 01, 2021

Model Photos by Brooks Stover Added

Brooks provided some photos of models that he scratchbuilt and kitbashed.

December 31, 2020

AF #761 Semaphore Parts by Port Lines Hobby Supply

Doug Peck announces that they now have the new replacement parts available for the AF semaphores. Newly available are the signal flag, the screw to attach it, and the pin to link it to the activation rod in the post. Note that the pin and lenses are already included in the flag. Previously available were the lenses, the socket, and the top finial.

December 31, 2020

Product Gallery Photos Added

December 31, 2020

Removing MTH Fishbelly Hopper Peaked Ends

Don Thompson, of the former S-Helper Service, provides information about what the modeler can do to remove the peaked ends from the new MTH two-bay fishbelly hoppers, if so desired.

December 30, 2020

New Trucks Available by Die Cast Promotions

December 30, 2020

Two-bay Fishbelly Hoppers Arrive by MTH Electric Trains

Both MTH and Doug Peck announce that these hoppers from MTH's 2019 catalog have arrived and are now being shipped from your favorite retailer.

December 29, 2020

An SP Flat Car Built by Paul Washburn

A while back (sorry, Paul!) Paul Washburn sent in some photos of an SP flat car he scratchbuilt. Two photos have been added to his scratchbuilding page.

December 29, 2020

Dick Karnes Shares AF Kitbashing Projects

Dick Karnes shows three AF-based kitbashes he has done.

December 29, 2020

Photos of Bob Nicholson's Layout Added

Photos of Bob Nicholson's layout were contributed by Jim Kindraka, and several additional model photos provided by Alan Williams.

December 27, 2020

Bob Nicholson

Robert B. "Bob" Nicholson passed away on August 13, 2020 at the age of 79. It has been reported that his wife passed away just three days before he did. Bob received the highest award that the NASG offers its members, the Bernie Thomas Memorial Award, in 2014. Bob lived in Fort Madison, Iowa. He was a conductor and engineer for several railroads in his career, including the AT&SF, the IC, and the CNR. He retired in 2001. Some had the privilege of knowing him personally, but a good number of S-scale modelers got to know Bob "virtually" through his participation in the Yahoo! Groups "S-scale" discussion mailing list. All in good fun, he was known as "string boB". The "string" part was because he believed in running his layout without all the complicated electronics, such as DCC. He wrote his name backwards, so as to differentiate his e-mails from all of the other Bobs on the list. For one of the NASG Conventions, Bob Werre had Bob pose in front of a real locomotive with a rope attached to the engine's coupler, to make it look like he was pulling the engine, an elaborate inside-joke about his nick-name on the mailing list. Bob was a fun person and enjoyed his hobby. He created his own layout and named his railroad the "Shabbona" Railroad. Several S-scale modelers were able to buy his equipment in recent years and will have a model of "his" railroad that he worked on, running on their layouts.

December 27, 2020

Erie Diesel Decals by Great Decals!

Bill Mosteller, owner of Great Decals!, announces decals for Erie diesel hood units and switchers from the 1945 through 1969 period. The part number is #64-876 for the S-scale version. The decals are $6.95 each, plus $2.00 shipping. Each set provides road names, road numbers in yellow and white and differing fonts, yellow stripes, and heralds, and two styles of nose heralds (short and long). The artwork is Microscale's #876, re-sized for S-scale and produced by them for the late Douglas Miller. Click to send an e-mail.

December 27, 2020

Moved Home Page Photos Description

The home page photo descriptions have been moved to the Welcome page.

December 27, 2020

Patterson, NJ Model by Todd Architectural Models & Layouts

A new S-scale shallow-relief structure is available. It is based on a still-standing factory in Patterson, NJ.

December 27, 2020

PE Design & Manufacturing

This company offers tools for use with restoring engines, cars, and track.

December 27, 2020

Updated Farm Modeling Page

December 26, 2020

Pacific Rail Shops Master List

John Verser, former owner of Pacific Rail Shops, sent in a master list of all the PRS kits produced. Given that information, our web site's listing of the PRS cars has been updated. We had almost all of the cars listed already, but the entries have been updated with the missing data and details.

December 23, 2020

Photos Added for Tommy Robichaud's Layout

Bill Winans sent a couple of photos of Tommy's layout.

December 22, 2020

W&OD 70 Series Interurban by First Person Scale Models

This is a 3D-print file (only) for a Washington and Old Dominion 70-series interurban (prototype photo on this web site). The car was custom-designed by the designer (a young man attending college in the D.C. area) for an S-scale modeler. Rather than getting into the business of printing and shipping these models, the designer has made the design files available for sale. If you have a printer or access to one, you can choose the level of detail you want based on the printer used, using these files. The files will generate the model shown in the CAD drawing, so you will need to provide the chassis and the running gear to complete the model. The W&OD operated in Northern Virginia from 1912 through 1968. The line was created out of the merger of other lines that started as early as 1855.


December 20, 2020

More Kit-bash Photos

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