News: Recent News

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

July 28, 2021

New Farm Equipment by Ertl

July 28, 2021

New M.T.H. Parts Site Update by MTH Electric Trains

The company makes this announcement:

M.T.H. Parts and Sales LLC is one of M.T.H.'s three new spinoffs and will promote and process all parts sales exclusively through an all-new parts site. M.T.H. Electric Trains' R&D Division will continue developing DCS and other electronic products on its own in the satellite location it has occupied in Western Michigan for the past 24 years, while M.T.H. Electric Trains will be operating alongside the parts company in the smaller Elkridge, Maryland facility. The train company will continue to market and produce new model train products, including select RailKing and Premier O gauge models and occasional production of RailKing One Gauge G Scale models.

Initially, we had hoped that the new parts site would be live in July to coincide with the conclusion of the monumental task of the inventorying and stocking of parts in more than 38,000 locations in the new facility. Unfortunately, that work continues even now alongside the continued testing of the new website, forcing us to push back a formal rollout until later this Summer.

While we understand the disruption of parts sales is a frustrating interruption for many of our Authorized Service Centers, M.T.H. Authorized Retailers, and consumers (and for us too!), we are asking for continued patience in awaiting the rollout. The good news is that the new site will allow you access to our entire parts inventory, with a powerful search engine to drill down to the parts you need. We're including new exploded view diagrams for a wide array of products alongside access to operator manuals, sound files, and more! This effort has been in motion for the last year in preparation for this summer's launch.

The previous "face" of M.T.H. parts, Midge Wilburn, has officially retired and is now spending some well-deserved time with her family after decades of valued service at M.T.H. Electric Trains. The new parts site has been designed to allow everyone complete access to all of our service parts, so with just a tiny bit of effort, you can find the parts you need with just a few keystrokes! We'll even have some short tutorial videos to help guide your experience as there are no M.T.H. Sales or Parts customer service agents available at M.T.H. Parts and Sales or at M.T.H. Electric Trains.

Finally, as a reminder, M.T.H. implemented a new warranty policy in May 2021 directing ALL warranty repairs, exchanges and refunds to be processed through the M.T.H. Authorized Retailer from which the product was purchased or by any M.T.H. Authorized Service Center. M.T.H. Electric Trains will NOT accept any repairs at its Elkridge, MD facility. Any products that do arrive for service will be returned unrepaired.

July 28, 2021

The Aug/Sep 2021 S Scale Resource by The Model Railroad Resource

The issue is available for viewing or downloading.

July 27, 2021

Bridgton & Saco River RR Tank Cars by Portland Locomotive Works

Gary Kohler of Portland Locomotive Works is planning on producing tank cars and a tank farm for the B&SR in S. If you are interested, please contact Gary so that he can get an idea of whether or not to produce them. Click to send an e-mail.

July 27, 2021

New Animated Signs by Miller Engineering

These new signs are scheduled to be available in October 2021.

July 27, 2021

New NASG Company Store Manager

Chris Crnich has volunteered to take over the NASG's Company Store from Shane Lambert. Chris expects to have the inventory ready by the first week of August.

July 27, 2021

Track-side Structure Kits by SooParts

Newly-discovered manufacturer, SooParts, offers two small and relatively inexpensive kits for track-side structures in S-scale.

July 24, 2021

B&O Ladders by Smoky Mountain Model Works

These ladders are designed to replace the molded-on ones for the company's B&O M-15K and M-53A/B kits. However, they may be appropriate for other types of cars as well. The package also includes 8 U-shaped grab irons.

July 24, 2021

Window Glazing by American Models

The company is now selling window glazing inserts for at least F7P and GP9. They may carry or produce them for other early engines which never came with them.

July 22, 2021

North Yard Ownership Change

North Yard Model Railway Parts, the New Zealand-based company that produces a number of key parts for our modeling efforts, has changed ownership. The change was effective July 9th, 2021, as posted by, now former, owners Rodger & Christina Cullen. The couple will continue to operate their other company, South Dock Models, which produces, among others, Sn42 kits. The name of the new owner(s) is not mentioned on the company's web site.

July 20, 2021

Flexi-Coil Truck Sideframes by Smoky Mountain Model Works

Jim King is proposing producing the Flexi-Coil truck sideframe to fit the Stanton truck. Each sideframe would be a single, 3D-printed part that drops onto the Stanton gearbox and attaches with a screw (provided). Air line, cylinders, piston rods, levers, brake shoes, and linkage will be printed with the sideframe so no tedious assembly required. The bearing end caps would be separate urethane castings just like the Blomberg sideframe kit because customers bought them with solid bearings circa 1967-68 for SW1200s and SW1500s then upgraded to roller bearings as needed. The photo shows an as-delivered truck under an Illinois Terminal SW1500. The target price is $65 for two truck's worth of printed sideframes, screws, and a sheet of urethane bearing caps. Parts would be printed in a grey, durable resin and urethane castings (also grey-tinted) from industrial-grade, rigid resin. Contact Jim if you are interested in this project.

July 20, 2021

Nearing the End of some Kits by Railmaster Exports

John Agnew announced that some of his locomotive kits are getting down to single-digit quantities in stock, with very little chance of them being run again, unless the demand is there. These are standard-gauge: RS-1, RS-2, RS-3, S2/4, NW2, and SW7. The following Sn3 steam locomotives kits are also affected: 0-6-0, 2-6-0, 4-4-0, T12 4-6-0, SPNG 4-6-0, and 2-8-2.

July 17, 2021

2021 Catalog Vol. 2 by Lionel

The American Flyer product line starts on page 81. If you are interested in anything in the catalog, remember to place an advance order with your preferred dealer, as Lionel will only produce those items that receive sufficient interest. Doug Peck, of Port Lines Hobby Supply, for example, has a pre-order deadline of August 23, 2021.

July 17, 2021

Fritz Gemeinhardt

Luther Stephens informed us that Fritz Gemeinhardt passed away at the age of 97 on May 21, 2021. Fritz was a retired Marine Corps Master Sergeant, having served in four wars, retiring after 36 years. He wrote a book about his experiences. He was a prolific model builder in several scales, including S. According to Luther, Fritz, along with Ed Shumacher and a few others, started the Potomac Valley S Gaugers club, and also helped the early effort to build what is now the NASG. Fritz built a lot of SSL&S locomotive kits for others.

July 14, 2021

New Automobiles by Greenlight

July 14, 2021

New Vehicle Detailing Parts by Greenlight

July 13, 2021

AAR Type A Sideframes by Smoky Mountain Model Works

Jim King announces that his AAR Type A sideframes kit has been converted to a single, 3D-printed SLA part made from grey-tinted, durable resin. It drops onto the Stanton gearbox and attaches with a pair of screws (provided). The brake cylinder piston rod, clevis, and brake lever are installed by the modeler (parts are included).

July 12, 2021

NASG Open Positions

The NASG is run by volunteers. As people's schedules or priorities change, some positions became vacant, and so we are looking to fill those.

Note that some of these tasks must be performed regardless of whether or not there is someone dedicated to the task, so that generally means that one of the existing volunteers has to temporarily take on the task. So, by volunteering you are not only helping the NASG, but you may very well be helping a fellow S modeler have just a bit of extra time to work on their own layout!

If you are a member of the NASG, please take a look at these positions and see if that might be something you would be willing to volunteer for. If you are not an NASG member but are interested in S-scale and can volunteer for one of these positions, please consider becoming an NASG member (only $30 per year), and offer your time and services.

Contacting the NASG president is the best way to offer your services, and he will then be able to direct you to the right person for more details.

Assistant Treasurer
We are looking for someone to help the NASG's Treasurer with some of the tasks. These include bookkeeping, invoicing, collections, credit/debit card processing, processing online orders. Experience with QuickBooks is a plus.

Convention Committee
We have a chairman, but we are looking for additional people to help with planning events and meetings.

Promotions Committee
We have a chairman, but we are looking for individuals who would be able to help with implementing some of the plans.

Service Committee
This is a committee that is required by the NASG Constitution, but we have had no one to volunteer for this, so we are looking for a chairperson to take this on.

If you are interested, Click to send an e-mail.

July 07, 2021

New Automobiles by Ertl announces these models.

July 07, 2021

New Automobiles (part II) by M2 announces these models.

July 07, 2021

The NASG 2021 Annual Cars Arrive

The new 2021 NASG Annual Car Program's car, manufactured for the NASG by American Models, has arrived. Chuck has been busy shipping them to all whom have placed pre-orders. These cars are only available to NASG members. Your purchase helps support the NASG. There are only a limited quantity of each configuration available (hi-rail, scale). Chuck also announced that the last of the 2020 hi-rail version sold out yesterday (scale version is still available). So, if you have been eyeing these models, don't wait too long!

July 07, 2021

Updates by Port Lines Hobby Supply

Doug Peck reports that he will be closed from August 23 through 31, 2021. He only mans the phone on Thursdays between 2pm and 5pm (Eastern U.S. time).

He no longer offers direct online sales using PayPal, but rather he will invoice you after you place your order, so that you can pay that invoice using your PayPal account.

He continues to encourage people to NOT send him repair work until at least September, as he is still backlogged.

Port Lines now has re-production A.F. parts in stock (see the photos).

Here's a listing of other new items Doug has in stock:
a) Tom Barker's book "Roundhouse" A Collection of all his S-Gaugian Repair Columns, revisited and updated.
b) Knuckle Coupler Extension bracket for EP-5 diesels
c) Motor-Mount Bracket for Rocket Sled & Trk Mntnce Car
d) Lamp Socket & Bracket for Billboard Whistle lights
e) Northern cast steamchests, painted black
f) 951 AFL / REA dry-transfer white lettering
g) 332 & 336 white cab number decals.
h) AF, AFL, NYC, & PENNSYLVANIA white tender decals.
i) Socket with bulb (or LED) for SAM the Semaphore Man
j) Bulb clip for 21004-21005, & HO, boiler fronts.
k) Plunger & Rod for 969 & 25045 Rocket Launchers
l) GABE mounted on ladder bracket.
m) Single-axle Quartering tool with optional 0-8-0 plates.
n) Leather wrap for prewar Chugger plunger.
o) NEW 690 and 707 Track Clips !
p) 596 Water Tower springs, and operating mechanism. (no coil).
q) Plated drawbars for Gilbert 3/16 Prewar engines.
r) The internal Activating Wires for all AF Crossing Gates.
s) The 761 Semaphore arm , mounting screw, and guide-pin.
t) The S-283 mounting screw for the 761 Semaphore arm.
u) 3/16 O-gauge pickup shoe on fiber strap for tenders and action cars.
v) Silver castings clip to sheet-metal link-coupler truck sides, to resemble roller-bearing trucks.

July 06, 2021

B&O and WM Decal Sets Available

Ed Sauers announces that he has the following decal sets available:
- B&O GP30/GP35 Sunburst decal sets: $15 per set plus $6 for 1st class shipping in a padded envelope.
- B&O RDC decals.
- Western Maryland ALCO RS2/3 Fireball decal sets. Click to send an e-mail.

July 03, 2021

General Public by Modelu

These are real-life scanned people that are available as 3D-printed models in S-scale. Unpainted. These represent figures from the 1870s through the 1920s.

July 03, 2021

July/August 2020, 2021 Dispatch PDFs Available

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

July 03, 2021

Locomotive Detailing Parts by Modelu

July 03, 2021

Musicians by Modelu

June 30, 2021

Joe Coen Sent in More Layout Photos

The Texas Southern doing some serious switching work on Joe's layout.

June 30, 2021

Placerville Store Kit by Larkspur LaserArt

The company announces the re-run of this kit, which they had previously released under the Model Monster Works company name.

June 30, 2021

Rusty Westermeier's Layout Updated

Rusty's layout is being operated on, as well as worked on, by a group of local modelers on a weekly basis. Fred Schlegel gathered the layout's details and took some photos at a recent operating session to document Rusty's layout. Rusty has been working on the layout for 25 years. He recently converted a number of engines to battery power, and one of the crew members, Bob Roegge, has been helping him and other operators in their battery-conversion process. The operators are reporting great success with being able to run trains for up to two hours without electrical problems now. An operating session lasts for about an hour, and is usually followed by watching a train-related DVD and enjoying fresh chocolate-chip cookies baked by Rusty's wife.

June 30, 2021

Upstate Model Railroaders Club Added

A new A.F.-based club was discovered by Michael McConnell. This multi-scale club is building an 8'x24' layout that recently had its first level be operational.

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