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S SCALE MODEL RAILROADING 

Other "S" Resources

By Craig S. O'Connell

Changes last made on:

May 7, 2012.

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Fine "S" Scale Model Railroading

Mike Fyten's Kaw Valley Railroad is based on an old line that ran from Kansas City, KS to Lawrenece, KS. The line was not much more than about 50 miles of track. The original line was a traction line and was called the Kansas City, Kaw Valley and Western. Mike models steam and desiel, so it's not real a prototype layout. The layout is a point to point built for operations, meaning that it takes about 8 guys 3 hours to run the railroad. Mike holds operating sessions about every 6 weeks, using a timetable and train orders to run the layout. Kansas City is becoming one of the leaders in operating layouts. Needless to say that this is a scale layout. Mike uses Kaydee # 802s for coupling.

For more pics of Mike Fyten's Kaw Valley RR CLICK HERE! 

NASG

National Association of S Gaugers

NASG S Scale Freight Cars Database

National Association of S Gaugers Links To Other "S" Gauge Sites

NASG Clearinghouse--S products for National Association of S Gaugers (NASG) members. Currently available items include NASG coupler height gauge, Track & Wheel Gauge, NASG caps, cloth patches, lapel pins, t-shirts. Contact the NASG Clearinghouse, c/o William Mark, Jr., 438 Rossway Road, Pleasant Valley, NY 12569; 914-635-8553.
NASG Coupler Height Gauge for Kadee #802 coupler. They are $3.50 for one and $6.75 for a pair plus shipping. You put the gauge on the track, roll your car with Kadee #802 couplers up to it and see if your couplers are the proper height.

NASG News

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NASG S-MOD Standards Info

NASG Events

 

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Stan Stokrocki's NASG award winning S scale Hudson Central RR in Poughkeepsie, NY.


MAGAZINES

The S/Sn3 Modeling Guide is back!!! Subscribe now.

NASG Dispatch - see NASG website above or contact the editor Jeff Madden.

S Gaugian Magazine--by Heimburger House Publishing Co., serving "S" gauge for the past 35 years. Subscriptions are $32.00 a year in the U.S. and $39.00 outside the U.S.

Heimburger House Publishing Co. also offers a new book by Paul C. Nelson called "A.C. Gilbert's Famous American Flyer Trains." 200 pages, 8 1/2 X 11" hardbound; enameled text paper; black and white photos and 24 pages of color photos. $41.95 and $4.00 shipping. Illinois residents please add 7.75% sales tax.

Heimburger House Publishing Company
7236 West Madison Street
Forest Park, Illinois 60130
Telephone/Fax: (708) 366-1973
E-mail: info@heimburgerhouse.com
 
Classic Toy Trains Magazine

 

Sn3 MODELER
New Products Column
7236 W. Madison St.
Forest Park, IL 60130
S-narrow gauge only
 
MODEL RAILROADER
Attn: Jim Hediger
PO Box 1612
Waukesha, WI 53187
All gauges, primarily scale

 

RAILROAD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
Dispatchers Report
PO Box 700
Newton, NJ 07860
All gauges, primarily scale

 

NMRA BULLETIN
Attn: Terry Bacus
Hobbyshop Counter
P.O. Box 1
Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110
tbacus@winchestercomm.com
All gauges, primarily scale

 

RAILMODEL JOURNAL
New Products Column
2403 Champa ST.
Denver, CO 80205
All gauges, primarily scale

 

MODEL RAILROADING
Attn: Randy Lee
2600 South Parker Rd
Suite 1-211
Aurora, CO 80014
303-338-1700
All gauges, primarily scale
randylee@modelrailroadingmag.com

 

MAINLINE MODELER
New Products Column
5115 Monticello Dr.
Edmonds, WA 98026
All gauges, scale only

 

RAIL LINE NEWS
New Products For S Scale
7720-B El Camino Real #463
Rancho La Costa, CA 92009
All gauges, scale only

 

MODEL RAILROAD NEWS
News and Miscellany
P.O. Box 803
Merlin, OR 97352-0803
All gauges, scale only

 

MODEL RETAILER
New Products Column
PO Box 1612
Waukesha, WI 53187
All gauges, sent to hobby shops

 

HOBBY MERCHANDISER
Model Railroad Showcase
225 Gordons Corner Rd.
Manalapan, NJ 07726
All gauges, sent to hobby shops

 

TCA QUARTERLY
Bruce Manson
213 Fannie Ave
Lancaster, PA 17602
S, O & G gauges, hirail only

 

MODEL RAILWAY ENTHUSIAST
Link House
Dingwell Ave.
Croydon, CR92TA, England
All gauges, primarily scale (Europe)

 

CONTINENTAL MODELER
Peco Publications & publicity LTD.
Beer, Seaton, Devon
EX12 3NA, England
All gauges, primarily scale (Europe)

 

LE RAIL MINATURE
Voie D'Arrivee
Casier postal 2386
Sainte-Adele, QC J0R 1LO
All gauges, primarily scale (Canada)

 

NARROW GAUGE & SHORT LINE GAZETTE
In Brief... Column
PO box 26
Los Altos, CA 94023
All gauges, primarily narrow gauge

 

FINESCALE MODELER
Product News Coordinator
P.O. Box 1612
Waukesha, WI 53187-1612
Phone: 262-796-8776
Fax: 262-796-1383
All gauges, primarily scale
Many of the above references courtesy of S Helper Service!
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Jerry Poniatowski's depot projects in the very early construction stages using Plexiglas®...Jerry used 1/4 inch thick plastic because that's a foot and a half in S scale.  The real depot's walls are even thicker than that, and are made of Michigan limestone quarried a few miles from the town.  It was built in 1886.  There is also a 20 x 40 baggage building on one side and a 40 x 40 freight building on the other side. Jerry plans on carving the block pattern in the plastic with a Dremel, and painting each block individually.  In real life, the walls have about 50 different colors of blocks, so that part will be the fun part.  The roof will be made of Plastruct styrene and windows and doors too. The autos in the pic are 1:64 scale. The engine is an American Models F40PH Amtrak.

 
"S" LISTSERVES ON THE NET

S Scale Listserve -- An e-mail listserve for S fine scale enthusiasts.

S Trains Listserve -- An e-mail listserve for S gauge American Flyer® enthusiasts.

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"S" Gauge Clubs

Connecticut S Gaugers

Atlantic Coast S Gaugers

Badgerland S Gaugers

Baltimore Area American Flyer Club

Bristol S Gaugers

Central Ohio S Gaugers

Crescent City S Gaugers

Cuyahoga Valley S Gauge Association

Des Plaines Valley S Scalers

Lehigh Valley S Gaugers

Lone Star Flyer Club

Miami Valley (OHIO) S Gaugers

Neshaminy Valley AF club

North Penn S Gaugers

Pines and Prairies S Scale Workshop

Rochester (NY) Area S Gaugers

Rocky Mountain Hi-Railers of Boise, Idaho

Southeastern Michigan S Gaugers

South Jersey S Gaugers

Members pages: http://www.trainweb.org/sjsg/members/members.htm

View of the South Jersey S Gauger's Modular layout.

Susquehanna S Gaugers

 

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A modified American Models GP-9/18, now GP-7, by Doug Darlington of the Trinity Express S Scalers in Dallas,TX.


"S" LAYOUTS AND WEBSITES OF INTEREST BY S GAUGERS

 

Canadian S Scale Quarterly

Mark Anderson's S Gauge Model RR

Art Armstrong's Pacific Coast Critter in S-Scale

Charlie Bettinger's Charlestown & Pattiville S Scale Model Railroad

Chris Burger's "Collecting And Running S Gauge Trains"

Bob Christopherson's S scale standard gauge RR The Columbia Valley & Western "The Short Line"\

Bob Comstock's S Gauge AF Model Railroad layout

Don DeWitt's Layout

Chuck Eral's American Flyer Table Top Layout

John Foley's S Scale Model Railroad

Denis Fortier's "S" Scale Page--Canadian S Scale model railroading.

Bill Fuhrman's S Gauge Model Railroad

Robert Graves's Gilbert Gallery - AF Trains

Roy Hoffman's S Scale Penn Western Model Railroad

Henry Hook's American Flyer Layout

Jim Ingram's Link's Page--Links To Some G & S Scale Sites.

Roy Inman's Union Station Photos Although not S specific this site has some images that might help a person looking for documentation of a project. As you will see on his links page, Roy feature train sites of interest.

S Displays - A listing, by James Ingram, of the S-Gauge Operating Displays that are open to the public.

Janne's Sn3 Layout in Sweden 

Steve Kutash's S Scale Modular Layout

Bob LaRiviere's S Gauge Model Railroad

George Leidinger's American Flyer Layout

Mark Family Layout

Jeff Mills's American Flyer Layout

Harold Minkwitz's On30 layout that, now being redone as the Pacific Coast Air Line RR in Sn3.5 circa 1870s.

Minnesota Heartland Railroad - contains many good sources of products in other scales that can be used by S gaugers.

S Scale Modular Railroading by Chuck Smith.

Russ Mobley's Model Railroad

Larry Morton's S Scale Model Railroad

Stefan Nilsson's Sn2 Website

Craig O'Connell's S Gauge Model Railroad

Dave Plourde's S Gauge Hirail Model Railroad

Chip Romig's Colorado & Silver River Railroad

Henry Roos' Central Railroad of New Jersey

Pieter Roos' S Scale Pages

S Scale Model Railway Society of the United Kingdom.-- very fine homepage for the S Scale Model Railway Society of the U.K.

Michael Scivoletti's CBA Transfer Co., Bren-St. Marie Yard

Stan Stokrocki's S Scale Model Railroad Layout

Keith B. Thompson's Layout

Frank Titman's Spiral Hill RR

Paul Yorke's S Gauge Website--this is without question THE best resource for American Flyer® trains info.

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Here is an east bound NKP train at Glen (Carbon) tower. The IC cuts across the NKP here. The Litchfield and Madison (C&NW) paralells the NKP in the foreground.

This is Tom Potthast's S Scale modular layout in Austin, TX. The Cars are from American Models, S Helper Service, and Raisin River Models. The tower is from Building & Structure Co. and is kitbashed. The track is Tomalco flex with handlaid turnouts and diamonds.


OTHER MODEL RR RELATED PAGES OF INTEREST

The Model Railroad Club, Inc.

The Engine Shop - A website of locomotive paint schemes.

The Virtual Railroad Steam Roster

Cardstock Modeling FAQs

All Gauge Page - Fun With Model Railroading

About Model Railroading

Model Railroad Industry Association

Scale Rails and NMRA Bulletin

6760 Tussing Road, Suite 102
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

Editor: Terry Bacus, Jr.

Walthers Big Trains Catalog includes many S gauge products as well as products for all gauges. 

The Webville & Hypertext RR Co.

Model Train Magazine Article Index--This site searches all articles from the following magazines:

 

   RMC    Railroad Model Craftsman
   NGSL   Narrow Gauge & Short Line Gazette (1/1997 means Jan/Feb 1997)
   RMJ    Railmodel Journal
   MM     Mainline Modeler
   MRR    Model Railroading
   RRM    Railroad Modeler
   1001   1001 Model Railroading Ideas
   NSCA   N Scale
   HOMO   HO Modeler
   GWMR   Great World of Model Railroading

 Used Back Issues of Magazines & Old RR Books:
It's always a good place to pick up specific back issues. And if you buy $20 worth 
or more, there's no postage charged.
Write to Paul Gibson at: Railpub@aol.com
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DISPLAY CASES

Bill Greenan Display Cases (HO, O and G), Citrus Heights, CA

Custom Display Cases (HO and O)

J & F Display Cases (N, HO, O and G), Torrance, CA

DisplayCraft Display Case (variety)

Trackside Train Display Cases (Z, N, HO, S and O), Fairview, PA

BK Kases (N, HO, O), Catasauqua, PA

Greenway Products (N, HO, S and O), Ligonier, PA

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Charlie Bettinger's S Scale layout. Charlie is one of many model railroaders who have switched from HO to S in recent years. Charlie's S Scale layout was featured in Kalmbach's "Great Model Railroads of 1999"


Photo by Craig O'Connell


Real Life Couplers! -- Want to see a photo of what a real life coupler looks like ? ...and side by side a model knuckle coupler too!

Steam Locomotive Wheel Arrangements

0-4-0 = Switcher
0-6-0 = Six-wheel switcher
0-8-0 = Eight-wheel switcher
0-10-0 = Ten-wheel switcher
2-4-2 = Columbia
2-6-0 = Mogul
2-6-2 = Prairie
2-6-6-2 = Sierra
2-6-6-6 = Allegheny
2-8-0 = Consolidation
2-8-2 = Mikado
2-8-4 = Berkshire
2-8-8-4 = Yellowstone
2-10-0 = Decapod
2-10-2 = Sante Fe
2-20-20-2 = Virginian
2-10-4 = Texas
4-4-0 = American
4-4-2 = Atlantic
4-6-0 = Ten-wheeler
4-6-2 = Pacific
4-6-4 = Hudson (Baltic)
4-6-6-4 = Challenger
4-8-0 = Twelve Wheeler or Mastodon
4-8-2 = Mountain
4-8-4 = Northern, Niagara (NYC), Greenbrier
4-8-8-2 = Cab Forward
4-8-8-4 = Big Boy
4-10-2 = Overland, Southern Pacific
4-12-2 = Union Pacific

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