This page highlights changes made to this web site.
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.
The Texas Southern doing some serious switching work on Joe's layout.
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.
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.
Gerald Stebbins contributed his layout's data and several photos of his still-under-construction layout.
Bill Winans was able to attend an operating session on Jim Spices' Sn3 layout, and got permission to take and share some photos.
A change has been made to shipping costs (they seem to constantly go up!) when one orders the NASG A.F. Commemorative Cars or the 2015 NASG Convention Cars. We now also have a PDF form available for download, should you wish to order these cars but would prefer to pay via postal mail rather than use the online shopping cart. Finally, the 2015 NASG Convention Cars are now included in the "Inventory Reduction Sale" that has been active on the A.F. Commemorative Cars. So, be sure to read the "fine print" at the top of these pages.
Jace Kahn contributes photos of this model (which, by the way, he currently has for sale).
Jeff Wilson provided a catalog page that listed all of Northeastern Scale Models' kits at the time. There was no date on the page. However, there were a large number of kits that were not listed on our web site, so the Product Gallery listing has been updated with many more models that they offered, and screen captures of their catalog photos of the models.
The digital file of the May/June 2021 Dispatch issue is now available on this web site. Also, the May/June 2020 Dispatch issue is now publicly available (its articles are also indexed).
The Product Gallery section of this web site now has the complete listing of track components known to have existed in the past, as well as what is available today. As is customary with that section of the web site, there are several reports available to view the listing of about 200 track components, so that you can choose how to find something. All components that include metal rail have had their "code", or rail height, indicated, so that you can see which ones are compatible with each other and which ones are compatible with the type of wheels that you use on your cars and engines. As always, e-mails of any missing data, components, or manufacturers are always welcome, and we are also looking for representative photos (even if the component is already installed on your layout) for these items.
James Whipple provided a missing photo of the Hoquat Hobbies 3-bay hopper lettered for Sam Powell's layout.
There are now about 100 air-based vehicles in our listing, so the Air Transportation by Prototype Manufacturer report has been added to the Product Gallery of the web site.
Warren Judge provided information, photos, and videos of his "Elk Creek Lumber & Mining Railroad" Sn2 display/exhibition layout.
... while the passenger cars portion of the Product Gallery is being organized. All entries are being reviewed. We are sub-dividing the various categories to separate the "heavyweight" from "lightweight" cars. So far the American Models Budd cars have been processed, as well as several other smaller manufacturers. This will take a couple of weekends to complete, so if you are looking for passenger car-related entries, just be aware that things might shift around. This requires several hours of concentrated work, so this will only be worked on on the weekends.
The 2021 version of the NASG Publications Order Form is now available for clubs to order their free materials, in preparation for train shows being resumed.
Rich Gajnak provided, via the Groups.io mailing list, hints and tips for how to open up the rear door on the MTH F7 locomotives to gain access to the electronics settings.
Dan Navarre provided a listing of all the models River Raisin Models has produced over its 33-year history so far. The listings on this web site have been updated accordingly and is now spot-on accurate, removing items not produced, adding some missing details, and adding the individual quantity of models for each that were actually produced. The totals are quite impressive. River Raisin imported a total of 1,093 steam locomotives, 943 diesel/gas/electric locomotives, 2,702 pieces of rolling stock, and 341 structure models over those years.
Bill Lane provided the Rex Suburban manual (click to view the page, and then click on the Supplemental link for the PDF file).
Bill Lane provided the instructions for the original Rex valve gearing installation.
Bill Winans shares photos and details about his previous layout.
Dan Navarre provided several more photos of Tom Hess' layout.
Bill Roberts provided the 1952 instruction sheets for a Perma-Bilt box car and reefer.
The NASG's Mobley Library is still in a state of transition, but current Librarian, Dale Minard, has made available the updated listing of magazine articles. In addition to listing which magazines the NASG Mobley Library has, he has also created magazine article indexes, which you can download for your own perusal. Active NASG members can request PDF copies of articles that are held in the Library. See the linked to page for all the details.
The sale of the remaining inventory of the NASG American Flyer Commemorative Cars has been on hold for a while. Dave Blum ran the program for a good number of years and wanted to scale back. Clay Buckage, owner of Dave's Twacks & Twains, volunteered to take over the program, but needed time to retrieve the inventory from back east. So, we temporarily halted their sale. These cars are now ready to be shipped.
The sale of the remaining inventory of the 2015 NASG Convention Cars has been on hold for a while. Dave Blum hosted that Convention and continued to sell these cars, but wanted to scale back. Clay Buckage, owner of Dave's Twacks & Twains, volunteered to take over the sale of these cars, but needed time to retrieve the inventory from back east. So, we temporarily halted their sale. These cars are now ready to be shipped.
Mark Charles and Dan Navarre provided us with photos taken of Tom Hess' layout, which was dismantled about two weeks ago.
The NASG Dispatch issues and the original NASG Newsletters have been scanned into PDF, starting from the very first issue in 1978 through 1980 (i.e. all the ones that were still missing). Indexing of the articles for the 1978 and 1979 issues will be done soon.
The digital file of the March/April 2021 Dispatch issue arrived, so it is now available on this web site. Also, the March/April 2020 Dispatch issue is now publicly available (its articles are also indexed).
John Beck provided us with photos and a description of his layout.
These older issues have been scanned and documented, and their historical information integrated into various pages of this web site.
These older issues have been scanned and documented, and their historical information integrated into various pages of this web site.
Dan Navarre, of River Raisin Models, introduces the layout he currently has under construction. In between the massive efforts involved in bringing us beautiful brass models, he has been able to squeeze in time to work on his dream layout. He hopes to have the main line operational before this summer.
Ken Zieska sent in a number of photos of his layout.
This older issue has been scanned and documented.
Older issues of the NASG Dispatch have been received and are now being scanned in. These will be added to the web site on a nearly daily basis until they are all done.
We maintain a listing of available model paints, some with some helpful tips, on this web site. More product photos have been added and updated, as well as more content added to the page. If you have experience with any of the products, or know of another paint, feel free to contact the webmaster with your information, so that we can have a reference page for all to enjoy.
Mark Charles provided information about the Southeastern Michigan S Gaugers club layout, as well as several photos.
Jace Kahn provides a scan of an original Cleveland Model & Supply gondola instruction sheet.
Bill Lane provided several photos for the Product Gallery.
John Pouletsos sent in a couple of photos of his layout.
Cecil Schneider's layout was featured in a local newspaper. The article includes many photos and a full, professional video.
Bill Lane provided several photos for the Product Gallery.
By request, a new effort is getting started to list all known track components available commercially for S-scale. This has only just begun, so it is going to take quite some time to add all of the components that have ever been produced.
The listing of known permanent display layouts that feature S-scale has been moved from the "Did You Know?" page to the bottom of the "Clubs" page. This keeps all publicly-viewable layouts together in one location in this web site.
Mike Swederska, Sr shares some of his custom-decorated equipment for his private road name.
A new page has been added that lists all the Christmas items that S-Helper Service produced.
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.
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.
Neil Froese provided photos of several of his finished Kaslo cylindrical hoppers.
The Clubs page has been re-formatted 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.
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.
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.
The listing has been updated based on the final listing that Don Thompson provided.
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.
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.
Two more photos of Bob's custom-decorated equipment were provided by Tom Lennon and Dave Branum.
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.
Dick Karnes shows three AF-based kitbashes he has done.
Photos of Bob Nicholson's layout were contributed by Jim Kindraka, and several additional model photos provided by Alan Williams.
The home page photo descriptions have been moved to the Welcome page.
Bill Winans sent a couple of photos of Tommy's layout.
We have added a new page to the web site covering photos of kit-bashed pieces of rolling stock that people have done. Bill Winans starts us off with a photo of his shortened American Models bay-window caboose.
Charles Malinowski shares with us a couple of photo he had taken of the original version of the NASG switching layout.
Charles Malinowski provided information about the parts he uses to build his S-scale T-TRAK modules.
James Akerson provides information and some photos of his under-construction layout.
We have added a new page to the web site covering photos of structure kit-bashes that people have done. Mark Charles starts us of with the first two. More contributions are definitely welcome, as they are a great way to show off your creativity.
Mark Charles provided two photos of Barry Pazan's "Old Motor Trucks" company's models. If you have one of his models, we would love to have more photos. Barry is no longer actively producing these models commercially, but he is still around.
"Meter gauge" is a narrow-gauge where the rails are one meter apart.
This past summer, Paul built an ATSF 2-8-0. He shared a few construction photos (mostly of the tender), so enjoy!
Rich Abraham provides photos of two B&O box cars that John Huster had S-Helper Service produce back in 2000.
Over the years that I have maintained this web site, I have had a couple of people ask me about how to search for text within this web site. I offered some suggestions on the how-to-search page I put on this web site. However, thanks to Michael McConnell's leads and tips, we now have an embedded search field within the web site on that same page. You can click on "Site", then "How to Search This Site", or click the link below.
Greg Hurd has been researching the product line that Cleveland Model & Supply (Cleveland Designs/C-D) produced when they were active in S-scale. He shared his research so far with us and our web site has been updated with what we now know.
We have added to the Product Gallery some more of Roy Meissner's previously-produced trailer models. Information and photos come courtesy of Roy Meissner and Mark Charles.
John has been researching S-scale (or very close thereto) model airplanes. He learned that both Yat Ming and Model Power made some 1:64 and 1:63 models. Neither company still exists, but their airplane models can be readily found on the Web with a bit of searching.
See some in-progress construction photos of this new locomotive. Updated with information about the wheels and the latest photo of the model.
The NASG web site has been fully revised with a new version, and is now ready for your enjoyment.
Why The Change?
The primary purpose for the change was to make the web site display better on small-screened devices, such as cellphones.
What Was Changed?
1. Every single page (over 32,000 of them!) was revised to better support both small, medium, and large screens.
2. The "Clubs" button has been moved to the left side, and the "Resources" button has been moved to the right side (all the modeling-related topics are now on the right-hand side).
3. The stand-alone letter "S" has been removed from the main buttons' texts that had them before.
4. The pop-up menus that appeared when you clicked on the main buttons are now replaced with a "landing page", which offers you the same links to the various pages that cover that section of the web site.
5. The font is no longer hard-wired to a certain size, so you can use your web browser's font-size setting to adjust it to your liking (defaults to whatever your web browser uses).
6. The "Product Gallery" section has had "Cars" renamed to "Rolling Stock", to avoid confusion with automobiles (technically, the term "rolling stock" also includes locomotives, but we use it to imply freight cars, passenger cars, maintenance-of-way cars, and cabooses).
7. The "Members Only" part of the web site is now referred to as the "Members Only Portal".
8. The home page has less clutter on it, and the photos are fully visible now.
9. Clicking anywhere on the home page will lead to the Welcome page.
10. As you navigate your way around the site, the main button's background color changes to indicate in which section of the site you are.
11. The Clubs pages have been re-formatted to allow for more content to be added, including more club-provided photos.
What Was Removed?
1. Absolutely no content was removed.
2. Typos, grammatical errors, and factual errors were discovered, and so they were fixed.
What Is New?
1. The "How-to" section was not fully flushed-out yet in the previous version, but it is with this new update.
2. The "News" section's pages have had their formatting changed dramatically, because the old way didn't work on cellphones.
3. The "Product Gallery" section's final-report pages (the ones showing the products' details) have been re-formatted, because the old way didn't work on cellphones.
4. Since I effectively stopped maintaining the web site during most of November to focus all my efforts at this new version, there are a lot of News entries added, so be sure to visit that section of the web site.
What May Not Work?
1. Internal paths and file names have been changed in some areas, so previous bookmarks, shortcuts, or links that you may have to pages on this web site, may not work anymore.
1. If you have submitted content for consideration for the web site, that content may not have been added yet due to the large amount of time it took to get this revision done. Your content will be added to the site soon. As a side note, on December 3rd, 2020, I had 255 entries in my "to-do list" for content to add to the NASG web site. Who says nothing is going on in S?
2. Especially in the "Product Gallery", clicking on photos will, over time, show larger versions.
3. Normal, routine updates of the site's content will now resume on a regular daily, weekly, and monthly basis.
If the site doesn't work on your device, please contact the webmaster. It has been tested on Windows PCs, Apple computers and mobile devices, and Android phones. It has not been tested on Linux. It works with the latest versions of Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Opera, and Safari. It will work "OK" with the older Microsoft Internet Explorer versions, except that it doesn't display grids correctly. Since Microsoft has abandoned maintenance of Internet Explorer in favor of their new Edge browser, we will not add support for the older Internet Explorer browsers to this web site due the large amount of time it takes to maintain support for older browsers. If you are using I.E., please consider switching to, or adding, one of the other web browsers with which to visit this web site.
Since most people do not maintain web sites, you may not know what it entails. If you are interested, you can read the rest of the report, otherwise just ignore it.
When I last did a major revision of the NASG web site, which was released in September 2016, the ability to properly handle browsing on mobile devices was just starting to be formed into a standard. Most web browsers did not fully support the new standard yet. It has been on my "to-do list" to get a mobile-friendly version of this site done. After initial experiments, it became clear to me that it was going to require a full re-design, having to modify every single page of the site. The main issues then became, creating a design that looks good on all browsers and all devices, and finding the time to do this work. Starting in 2019, I have been converting most of my other clients' web sites to be mobile-friendly. The NASG web site has the most complex user interface. I started experimenting with new designs for the NASG web site in early 2020. However, in around April/May 2020, the ideas of adding three new major sections to the web site, and retiring three other sections came up. Since this meant new pages for the web site, those sections were tackled first, as their completion would give me a good overall idea of all the design elements I would need for this new version of the web site. So, the "Layouts", "How-to", and "Site" main sections were created first. My initial estimate of it taking only three weeks to do those new sections was laughably inaccurate. I have been a computer programmer for 30 years now and I am well aware of feature-creep and unmet deadlines. I finally completed these new sections in late August 2020. In mid-September 2020 I started in earnest working on the NASG web site's new version that you are seeing now. I worked full-time on this project. I estimate I have between 700 and 800 hours invested in just this re-design and upgrade alone (8 to 10 hours per day, 7 days per week, for two and a half months). It has been a monumental effort, but it was needed and it was worth it. I hope you find this site useful for your own modeling purposes, and be sure to recommend this web site to your friends and family members who also show in interest in S.
Terry O'Kelly has scanned in the instruction manual that accompanied the S-Helper Service/American Models RS-3 locomotive.
Ed Kirstatter provided photo of a missing model.
The listing of new farming-related models announcements has been extracted out of the vehicles report and made into its own report.
The public version of the November/December 2019 issue of the NASG's Dispatch is now available. Also, the members-only issue of the November/December 2020 Dispatch PDF can now be downloaded via the "Members Only" section.
Tom Detmer provides photos of the missing Shaker Heights trolleys by Putt Trains.
Dick Karnes has provided us with a set of photos of models he has created using the Union Station passenger car sides. These sides are mounted to an American Models passenger car core, to yield the final prototype model that you want on your layout.
Hugh Sinn adds a couple of more photos taken on his layout.
Greg Hurd provided information about the full listing of Super Scale models (as of 1950).
Ted Larson provided information about Shinsei Corporation 18-wheelers. This California-based company has closed, but they produced a number of 1:64 vehicles.
Greg Hurd sent us a number of photos and detailed information about his two layouts.
Roger Nulton spearheaded getting the info and some photos together of Russ Segner's beautiful Sn3 layout.
Ed Kirstatter provided photos of his recently completed Northeastern Scale Models stock car.
Wayne Kennerley shares with us the early stages of his new Sn42 layout.
Greg Hurd has been an S-scale modeler since 1949, and his layout has been featured in the S Gaugian magazine a few times.
Ted Larson provided pages from a catalog that "The Monon Shop" produced of their S-scale product line.
Gaylord Gill provides a photo of the kit parts that make up Bar Mills' "The 1-Kit".
Paul Washburn completed his kit of the Smoky Mountain Model Works B&O M-15K box car, and sent us some photos of it.
If you added an item to the shopping cart of this web site, and then removed it (either individually, or by emptying the shopping cart entirely on the "View Cart" page), you could no longer add that exact same item back to the shopping cart again later on. This issue is now fixed.
Bill Busacca and Dale Kreutzer provide some additional photos of Bill's layout. These nicely complement the ones shown on the web page linked to at the bottom of our page.
Andy Malette sent in some more photos of his re-work of the Overland Models SD40-2W, and some more details about what he did to make the model more prototypically-correct.
Ted Larson has been scouring eBay for photos of Winross vehicles. The photos he has provided have all received permission from the eBay seller to be used on the NASG web site.
Ray Puls provided us with a track plan of his large layout.
Ron Shon's layout information and a photo was added.
Steve Terni provided a couple of photos of his fantastically-detailed AF layout. Be sure to catch the feature article on his layout in the December issue of Classic Toy Trains magazine.
Bill Winans provides missing photo of the Precision Scale Co bulkhead flat car.
Don Mills provides missing photos of the S-Helper Service undecorated model of their SW1 locomotive.
Bill Lane provides photos of the American Models hopper that was part of the 2012 Spring S Spree.
The public version of the September/October 2019 issue of the NASG's Dispatch is now available. Also, the members-only issue of the September/October 2020 Dispatch PDF can now be downloaded via the "Members Only" section.
Joe Kimber sent two updated photos of his layout.
Dick Karnes provided two photos of Bob Christopherson's layout before it was demolished due to a move.
Dick Karnes provided one more photo of his layout, showing a very interesting scene.
Ted Larson provides missing photo of the Pacific Rail Shops WFEX reefer.
Dick Karnes provides the text and photos for the new "How-to" section's "Heavy Electric" page.
Woody Mitchell shares with us how he built his model paint shaker. Includes photos and a video.
Jim Brown provided updated information about his Sn3 layout under construction.
Bob Graves provided updated information about John Constans' Sn3 layout that the San Diego S Gaugers received following John's passing.
Dick Karnes actually found some photos of his very first "permanent" layout!
Gregg Mummert provided a link to his page showing the progressions of his annual Christmas layout, including the one from December 2019.
Bob Graves provided a link to his web site, as well as information about his American Flyer layout.
Gregg Wujcik provided a track plan and a photo of his under-construction layout.
Bill Lane provides photos of the Greenbrier GP30 for the Reading (includes a video of the engine running) and the PRR.
Bill Winans provided an in-progress photo of a Locomotive Workshop box car for which we did not have a photo yet.
The new "Battery Power" page in the "How-to" section has been added and completed.
Both photos and a track plan have been added for Bill Young's layout.
Bob Hogan helped make sense of the various configurations of Bob McCarthy's "The Supply Car" box car kits. Bob also provided some more photos of models he has recently completed, specifically the NP reefer car (which was a rare kit).
Bill Lane shared photos and a video of his P-B-L standard-gauge Shay.