Web Site News

This page highlights changes made to this web site. Click on the "View the Page" link to the left of the announcement to view the affected web page.

July 02, 2017

July/August 2016, 2017 Dispatch PDFs Available

The public version of the July/August 2016 issue of the NASG's Dispatch is now available. Also, the members-only issue of the July/August 2017 Dispatch PDF can now be downloaded via the "Members Only" section.

We used to not post these until the 10th of the publication month. However, editor Bill Pyper has been putting more content into the supplemental pages, so by request from NASG members, from now on the members-only PDF file will be made available as soon as the webmaster receives it from the editor.

July 01, 2017

NASG's Dispatch Article Index Updated

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So far, all issues from 1981 through 1988 have been indexed, as well as a number of newer ones. The rest will come as time permits.

June 27, 2017

Alvin Clapp Provides Missing Quality Craft CP Gondola Photo

A photo of the craftsman-style kit has been added to the Product Gallery.

June 25, 2017

Bill Lane Contributes W.A. Drake Gondola Photo

A photo of the CN-lettered car has been added to the Product Gallery.

June 24, 2017

RMC Inside-the-cover Ads Listing Updated

The July 2017 RMC inside-the-cover ad listing has been updated.

June 12, 2017

Ed Kirstatter Contributes Nimco Reefer Photo to Product Gallery

A new photo added to the Product Gallery.

June 11, 2017

Bill Roberts Contributes Bettendorf T-section Photo

A new photo added to the Product Gallery.

June 11, 2017

Ed Kirstatter Contributes Walthers Load to Product Gallery

A new photo added to the Product Gallery.

June 11, 2017

Ed Kirstatter Shares SRCC Box Car Photo

A new photo added to the Product Gallery.

June 05, 2017

W.A. Drake Product Gallery Entries Updated/Corrected

Product numbers and road names updated and corrected.

May 20, 2017

New Product Gallery: Freight Car Loads

Thanks in part to Ed Kirstatter's contribution of photos of freight car loads, the new Freight Car Loads section has been added to the Product Gallery. Photos were also added from the webmaster's personal collection, and all known commercial S-scale products have been added. If any are missing, or you would like to contribute photos, feel free to contact the webmaster.

May 20, 2017

Product Gallery Updated with Model Tech Studios Vehicles

The listing of Model Tech Studios' vehicles had not yet been added to the Vehicles Product Gallery, so that has been done as of today.

May 13, 2017

"Wooden Stringer Logging" Article by Dave Heine

Dave provides an article and some photos of his dead-rail wooden stringer logging model.

May 11, 2017

May/June 2016, 2017 Dispatch PDFs Available

The public version of the May/June 2016 issue of the NASG's Dispatch is now available. Also, the members-only issue of the May/June 2017 Dispatch PDF can now be downloaded via the "Members Only" section.

May 10, 2017

American Models FP7 Listing Updated

Spurred on by Terry O'Kelly's contribution of the Great Northern FP7 photo, the American Models' listing of those engines in the Product Gallery has been updated to reflect all known models produced.

May 10, 2017

American Models GN Passenger Cars Photos Added

Terry O'Kelly contributed missing Great Northern passenger car photos.

May 10, 2017

American Models U25B Listing Updated

Spurred on by Terry O'Kelly's contribution of the Great Northern U25B photo, the American Models' listing of those engines in the Product Gallery has been updated to reflect all known models produced.

May 10, 2017

Downs Tank Car Photo Added

Terry O'Kelly contributed missing car photos.

May 10, 2017

Missing Lehigh Valley Models Automobile Photos Added

Images from an old LVM catalog were found online and added to our Product Gallery.

May 10, 2017

Missing Lehigh Valley Models Freight Car Photos Added

Images from an old LVM catalog were found online and added to our Product Gallery.

May 10, 2017

Missing Lehigh Valley Models Structure Photos Added

Images from an old LVM catalog were found online and added to our Product Gallery.

May 05, 2017

News/Events Buttons Split; Featured Videos Button Added

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On the left-hand side the "News & Events" button, has now been split into two separate buttons, to make selecting which page to view easier. On the right-hand side, the "Featured Video" button has been added. This removed that menu option from the "Extra Board" button. A second menu option has been added to the "Featured Video" button, to allow for both an AF/hi-rail and a scale video to be posted at the same time. All the buttons have been moved closer together to make sure they fit on smaller computer screens.

If the buttons don't look right, press the F5 (Windows) button, or otherwise force the web browser to refresh the page, so that the latest version of the files are downloaded.

April 04, 2017

Reviresco Products added to Product Gallery

The Product Gallery was updated with the Reviresco 1:64 product line, which includes vehicles, and paper kit structures.

April 01, 2017

Updated AM Offset 2-bay Hoppers Listing

The American Models two-bay offset hopper listing of the Product Gallery hadn't been fully updated with what they show on their web site, including some missing photos.

April 01, 2017

Updated AM Open-top 2-bay Hoppers Listing

The American Models two-bay open-top hopper listing of the Product Gallery hadn't been fully updated with what they show on their web site, including some missing photos.

March 26, 2017

Vehicle Product Gallery Updated with More Hartoy Vehicles

Some missing photos and missing entries were added, thanks to Ted Larson.

March 22, 2017

Sn3 Product Gallery Updated with Jack Walton's Data

Jack Walton posted an Sn3 brass product listing a number of years ago on the Yahoo! Groups Sn3 list. The data from that Excel file has been incorporated into our narrow-gauge Product Gallery.

March 14, 2017

Modeling Notes: Product Notes Updated with SHS Product Info

Many how-to tips added to the page for SHS products, copied from the Showcaseline Yahoo Group discussion list, courtesy of Don Thompson. More information will be added over time.

March 10, 2017

March/April Dispatch Available

The public version of the 2016 March issue of the Dispatch is now available, as well as the members-only version of the 2017 March issue.

March 10, 2017

Narrow-gauge Missing Photos Reports Changed

The missing-photos report of the narrow-gauge section of the Product Gallery, has been split between Sn2, Sn3, and Sn42, to make it easier to see for which items we are still missing photos.

March 09, 2017

Paul Washburn Scratchbuilds an SP GS Gondola

Paul Washburn shares a few photos of the PS GS gondola he has scratchbuilt.

March 08, 2017

Missing AF Photos Added

Ted Hamler contributes AF accessories photos (#13, #751, #755, #784) to the Product Gallery.

March 07, 2017

Ed Cooper Shares Photos of His AF Layout

Ed Cooper shares a few photos of his highly-detailed A.F. layout.

March 07, 2017

Steve Depolo Contributes Missing PRS Photos

Steve recently completed a number of PRS kits, and some of those were added to our Product Gallery listing.

March 03, 2017

Added MTH F3 Long-address Programming Calculator

On the Yahoo S-scale discussion list, the issue of programming the long address of the new MTH F3 engines has come up. MTH provides a PDF file to do so, which then requires you to download an Excel spreadsheet file. This is just a very long and round-about way of providing a simple calculator, so there is now a simple calculator provided directly on this NASG web site (follow the link on the left).

February 28, 2017

Added MTH F3 Locomotives to Product Gallery

MTH's F3 A- and B-units are finally arriving, so the Product Gallery has been updated to show the various models available.

February 28, 2017

Featured Video Updated

Our featured video is now one by Trevor Marshall, demonstrating the latest Loksound decoder's features as his engine makes its way across his layout.

February 04, 2017

New Dedicated Annual Shows Pages

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When you click on the "News & Events" button on the left, a handful of new menu options have been added. Each of the annual shows that feature or include S-scale modeling are now listed. These pages have just been added, and more content will be added over time.

January 30, 2017

Added "Layouts on the Web" Page

On the "Scale Modeling" button, the new "Layouts on the Web" option has been added. This leads to a page that lists all known S "scale" and narrow-gauge layouts that are published on the Web. Most of the links were moved from the "External Links" page of that "Scale Modeling" button. The purpose of the new page is to make it easier to view a web site, blog, photos, or videos of a particular layout, and to show that there indeed are a lot of people actively modeling in S-scale (currently there are over 80 layouts listed).

January 23, 2017

NASG Contests Article Added

Monte Heppe's previous NASG Contests article has been reproduced onto the web site, to make it easier to find, read, and help you prepare for this year's NASG Convention.

January 22, 2017

Product Gallery Updates

Holt Apgar provides photos of Instrument Design, Inc. passenger cars.

January 22, 2017

Product Gallery Updates

Ted Hamler provides many AF product photos. The track components have been split out into their own set of reports now.

January 20, 2017

Product Gallery Updates

Added missing entries from Lionel's 2016 product line.

January 10, 2017

January 2015 & 2016 Dispatch Issues Available

The January 2015 Dispatch issue's PDF file is now freely available. The January 2016 Dispatch issue's PDF is now available in the "Members Only" section of the web site.

January 08, 2017

A Few More Missing Dispatch Issues Available

Mark Gaddy found a few more Dispatch issues from 1986, 1989, 1990, and 1994 that we were missing.

January 08, 2017

Product Gallery Updates

The listing of American Models' 40-foot insulated, plug-door, box cars was fully updated.

January 06, 2017

Structures Product Gallery Updated

Roger Nulton provides some missing photos of Lehigh Valley Models structures.

January 05, 2017

More Old Dispatch Issues Available

Mark Gaddy found some old copies of Dispatch issues from 1981 through 1983. The oldest six issues on the Back Issues page have been added.

January 04, 2017

Dedicated "Members Only" Page

The "Members Only" section of the web site has been moved out of the Membership page and onto its own page. You can access it via the "NASG" button's Members Only menu option.

January 03, 2017

Dispatch Supplemental Files

The January/February 2017 Dispatch contains the "Easy to Build Turntable" article by Steve Monson. At the bottom of page 9, it makes reference to files that are available for the pitwalls. These files are now available to NASG members via the "Members Only" section of this web site (click on the web site link on the left). Once you log in and click on the Recent Dispatch Issues link, you will see a listing of files that can be downloaded. A number of those will reference this January 2017 issue's supplemental files. The actual Dispatch issue's PDF file will be made available on January 10th.

December 21, 2016

NASG BOT Photos

Available photos of the members of the NASG's BOT have been posted.

December 17, 2016

Paul Washburn Starts AT&SF 2-8-2 Project

Paul Washburn is continuing his scratchbuilt AT&SF 2-8-2 project. The final construction photos of the tender are now included, and he started fabricating the parts for the locomotive itself.

December 11, 2016

Product Gallery Updates

Ed Kirstatter contributed more freight car trucks and automobile photos for the Product Gallery. He also contributed a missing Pacific Rail Shops box car photo.

December 09, 2016

Trucks Product Gallery Updated

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Considering we now have well over 100 individual S-scale trucks listed, having just one report wasn't going to work anymore. So, several reports have been added (similar to the other Product Gallery reports).

November 27, 2016

Lehigh Valley Models Poultry Car Photos

Both Ed Kirstatter and Dave Heine provided photos of the Lehigh Valley Models unique poultry car.

November 27, 2016

Pikesville Models Tank Cars

Added Pikesville Models tank cars to the Product Gallery listing.

November 26, 2016

OMI SD60 Photo Added

Bill Lane contributes missing Overland Conrail SD60 photo.

November 20, 2016

More A.F. Product Gallery Photos

Ted Hamler contributes missing A.F. Brownhoist Crane Car photos (for #944 and #24569).

November 20, 2016

More Product Gallery Photos

Bill Lane contributes missing W.A. Drake tank car photos.

November 20, 2016

Vehicles Product Gallery Updated

Started adding scale dimensions to automobile listings. As prototype data is researched, those numbers will be shown as well, so that we know how close the model matches the prototype.

November 15, 2016

Product Gallery: Narrow-gauge by Manufacturer Report Added

The Product Gallery now has a convenient report listing narrow-gauge equipment by the model manufacturer's name.

November 12, 2016

Nov/Dec Dispatch Issues

The 2016 issue is now available online for NASG members, and the 2015 issue is now available for all to enjoy.

November 11, 2016

Cars Product Gallery Photos

Added Willy Monaghan's 3D-printed passenger and freight cars to the Product Gallery.

November 11, 2016

Structures Product Gallery Photos

Added TML Models structures to the Structures section of the Product Gallery.

November 11, 2016

Trucks Product Gallery Photos

Added The Leadville Shops Sn3, and Willy Monaghan's, trucks to the Trucks section of the Product Gallery.

November 09, 2016

More A.F. Product Gallery Photos

Ted Hamler contributes missing passenger car photos to A.F. Product Gallery.

November 02, 2016

John Zurad Provides Lionel Tank Car Photos

John provided a few of the missing photos for Lionel tank cars.

November 01, 2016

Paul Washburn Completes the Scratchbuilt Tender

Paul Washburn has completed the construction phase of the 12,000-gallon tender for his AT&SF 2-8-2 engine.

October 30, 2016

Product Gallery: American Models Gondola Listing Updated

Inspired by Holt Apgar's contribution of the American Models' Reading gondola photo, the entire catalog of AM gondolas has been updated (many entries were missing).

October 25, 2016

Product Gallery: Added Crystal River Structures

Crystal River Products structures focus mostly on narrow-gauge railroad settings. These have been added to the Structures section of the Product Gallery.

October 23, 2016

Product Gallery: Added Model Tech Studios Structures

Model Tech Studios makes some interesting kits, semi-kits, and ready-to-use structures. These have been added to the Structures section of the Product Gallery.

October 15, 2016

Dispatch Back Issues Index Started

The article index of all the articles in all of the NASG's Dispatch issues has now started. This will be an ongoing effort, and will take some time to complete, but we have to start somewhere!

October 14, 2016

A.F. Product Gallery Reports Changed

The various types of reports that have been available in the Scale Modeling Product Gallery are now also available in the A.F. Product Gallery (with some adjustments). You can now view the data in any one of various ways.

October 09, 2016

S-scale T-TRAK

Updated the T-TRAK section of the Standards page with info about an actual S-scale T-TRAK layout.

October 08, 2016

More A.F. Product Gallery Photos

David Dewey provides information and photos for the following A.C. Gilbert A.F. items: 290, 375, 722, 734, 915, 971, 21085, 23760.

October 08, 2016

Paul Washburn Scratchbuilds a Tender

Paul Washburn is currently scratchbuilding a new Santa Fe steam locomotive. He started the project by building the tender the first. This is an active project, and he gave us permission to share his progress photos on the NASG web site. If you have ever wanted to build a locomotive from scratch, or just enjoy good modeling, we invite you to visit this page (click on the link on the left). It will be updated from time to time. The page is in the "Scale Modeling", "Mini Articles" section of the web site.

October 06, 2016

2016 Sept/Oct Dispatch

Bill Pyper corrected some typos found in the latest Dispatch, so a new PDF is now available for NASG members only.

October 02, 2016

1983, 1984 Dispatch Issues Available

The four issues from 1984 and the two available issues from 1983 are now posted. This completes the project of scanning into PDF all old Dispatches.

September 30, 2016

"Store" Button Menu Updated

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When you click on the "Store" button, a new menu item has been added called "View Your Shopping Cart". This was done just in case the browser doesn't show the View Cart button in the upper, right-hand corner of the web site after you have added something to your shopping cart.

September 25, 2016

1985 Dispatch PDFs Available

The four issues from 1985 are now available in scanned-in PDF format.

September 25, 2016

Photo Gallery: Added Missing AM SD60 Engines

Photos and entries of the AM SD60s were missing from the listing (except for two).

September 24, 2016

Members Only Section Updated

Once you log into the Members Only section, the page showing the various menu options has been re-formatted a bit, to make it easier to find the option that you might want select. Also, the way that any of the last 6 Dispatch issues' PDF files are accessed has been reworked. Simply follow the instructions on the page.

September 23, 2016

Product Galleries Updated

There were a number of minor issues with the "scale" and "A.F." Product Galleries that have been fixed now. Some of the thumbnail images weren't correct. A few duplicate entries have been merged and resolved. A couple of new manufacturer photos were added. Also, the reports' first pages now show the total number of entries that are contained within that report.

September 22, 2016

A.F. Product Gallery Updated

Ted Hamler provides photos for accessories #11 and #22, and photos for the animated milk car #973.

September 19, 2016

Sept/Oct Dispatch Issues

This month's issue is a bit late so that Bill the editor could get all the 2016 NASG Convention reports and photos included. The 2016 issue is now available online for NASG members, and the 2015 issue is now available for all to enjoy.

September 18, 2016

Product Gallery: Added Trout Creek Engineering Structures

The various Sn3 kits available from Trout Creek Engineering were added to the Product Gallery listing.

September 12, 2016

Product Gallery: SSA Structure Photo Added

Alvin Clapp provides a photo of an S Scale America structure sold by Des Plaines Hobbies.

September 11, 2016

Product Gallery: Structure Photos Added

Alvin Clapp provides photos for two Altoona Model Works structures and a Monroe Models structure.

September 10, 2016

Product Gallery: Gilmaur U18B, U23B Photos Added

Colin Stewart provided photos of his Maine Central-decorated Gilmaur U18B, and PC- and Conrail-decorated U23B locomotives.

September 05, 2016

Product Gallery: Bob Hogan Stock Car Photos

Bob Hogan provides photos of his models of the East West Rail Service C&O and SOO stock cars.

September 05, 2016

Structures Resources Updated

The report settings for the "S" Resources: Structures was not correct. This has been fixed, and now a lot more entries, and much more detailed information is shown on that page.

September 03, 2016

AF Product Gallery: Missing Photos Added

Steve Terni has provided photos for the following A.F. items for the A.F. Product Gallery: 322AC, 466, 647, 736, 751, 771, 792, 799, 960G, 976, 988.

September 01, 2016

Web Site Browser Issues

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Since the release early on September 1, a few people mentioned that clicking on the buttons didn't display the menu. This was observed in the Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Apple Safari browsers. It turns out to not be a coding error, but a way in which those browsers interpreted the formatting of the text shown on the buttons. This has been fixed.

September 01, 2016

Web Site Redesign

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We are happy to announce the new look of the NASG web site. See the September/October issue of the NASG Dispatch for a brief overview of the site. Be sure to spend a few minutes familiarizing yourself with the new site by reading through this page.

August 31, 2016

Product Gallery: Mainline Models Photos

Mark Charles contributes some missing Mainline Models photos to the Photo Gallery.

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