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.

November 13, 2017

A.F. Product Gallery, Lionel/MTH Accessories Added

Lionel and MTH have reproduced some of the original American Flyer accessories produced by A.C. Gilbert. Even though they are not pure, original A.F. products, they are based on them, so we are starting a new section in the A.F. Product Gallery listing the Lionel and MTH accessories. Contributions are very much appreciated.

November 12, 2017

Pay for Dispatch Booster Ad Online

A new menu option has been added to the "Store" button, which is for paying online for a Dispatch Booster ad. If you prefer to pay online with your debit/credit card or your PayPal account, you can use this option do so. Also, if you are only paying for an advertisement, you will no longer be prompted to provide your NASG ID and/or mailing address, as neither of these are really needed for making a simple online payment. For Dispatch booster ads, be sure to contact Dispatch editor Bill Pyper first.

November 12, 2017

Ted Hamler Supplemental to CTT Hobo Car Article

Ted Hamler provides some supplemental information that didn't get published in the Classic Toy Train magazine's December 2017 issue about an animated Hobo box car.

November 01, 2017

AF Featured Video Updated

A new video about the Bill Boucher scratchbuilt circus train.

November 01, 2017

Featured Video Updated

A video of an Sn2 engine pulling a long train.

October 31, 2017

November/December 2016, 2017 Dispatch PDFs Available

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

October 20, 2017

NASG's Dispatch Article Index Updated

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So far, all issues from 1981 through 1993 have been indexed, as well as a number of newer ones. The rest will come as time permits.

October 15, 2017

2017 NASG Clinic Presentation File Added

Bill Novak did a clinic presentation at the 2017 NASG Convention titled "Adding Passengers To American Models Budd Cars". He has converted the presentation into a PDF file, and it is now available via this web site. Follow the link on the left and click on the second link under "Articles". Note that this is a rather large file.

October 12, 2017

Don Thompson Provides Info on SHS #3 Turnouts

Don provides information and photos of how to identify the different versions of the S-Helper Service #3 turnout.

September 30, 2017

New Page: Reference Materials

All information about S-scale-related reference materials has been moved to a new page on the "Extra Board" button, called "Reference Material". It covers available manufacturer's catalogs, print and online magazines, and various magazine indexes. The content from the "Scale Modeling" and "American Flyer" buttons' Magazines and the previous "Extra Board" button's Magazine Indexes have been moved to this new page.

September 29, 2017

Prototype Era Added To Product Gallery

The Product Gallery's listing of locomotives now also has a new report called "by Prototype Era". Since this was new data that wasn't being tracked previously, it will take some time to add that for the various entries, where the data can be easily ascertained. Any help with the data will be appreciated!

September 27, 2017

Prototype Era Added To Product Gallery

Thanks to a suggestion by Darby Marriott, the scale Product Gallery's listing of cars now has a new report called "by Prototype Era". Since this was new data that wasn't being tracked previously, it will take some time to add that for the various entries, where the data can be easily ascertained. Any help with the data will be appreciated!

September 21, 2017

SHS F3 Conversion to DCC PDF

Don Thompson shares the PDF file that shows how they converted the SHS F3 from Locomatic to QSI decoders.

September 18, 2017

September/October 2016, 2017 Dispatch PDFs Available

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

September 15, 2017

Modeling Notes: Passenger Car Sides Page Added

The "Modeling Notes: Passenger Car Sides" page was added to draw attention to the fact that passenger car modeling can be done by using a donor car and replacing the sides with ones that are accurate for your desired prototype.

September 10, 2017

Plasticville Photos

Ted Hamler contributes a lot of photos of Plasticville structures.

September 07, 2017

Added Did You Know?... Page

Added a page with just some fun facts about S-scale. It is accessible via the Extra Board button.

September 03, 2017

RMC Inside-the-cover Ads Listing Updated

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

August 20, 2017

NASG Convention Events Page Re-formatted

The NASG Convention page now has a table-of-content at the top of the page, to quickly jump to section on the page that is of interest to you. Also, the Past Conventions section has been re-formatted, because the previous format just didn't look right with all the data that has been added in the past year. The other dedicated-shows Events pages will have their past shows listings updated in the near future as well.

August 11, 2017

A.F Product Gallery Changes

The A.F. Product Gallery's "all" report for A.F. cars has been removed, because it was a duplicate of the "by Manufacturer ID" report. A new report has been added that lists cars that were repainted, kit-bashed, converted to scale, or otherwise modified from the more stock A.F. car.

August 07, 2017

Videos of Bert Mahr's Layout

Online videos are available of Bert Mahr's fantastic layout, featuring Conrail freight and Amtrak passenger trains.

August 05, 2017

Site Map Added

This web site's site map has been added. A site map is a listing of all the pages on this web site, listing both a description and a last-modified date associated with the page. There are several ways you can view the site maps. It is just another way of finding out what is new on the web site, and for finding topics covered on this site. Happy exploring!

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.

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 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 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.

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