My Library - Magazine Articles By Bill Fraley

A Legendary Modeler in S and His Layout

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2012 #4 August
Page:
2
Category:
Layouts - S
Scale:
S
Description:
Frank Titman is a prolific modeler, builder, author, editor, and kit manufacturer (Lehigh Valley Models). This is a photo essay of his Spiral Hill layout, which was featured in the Great Model Railroads 2000 annual magazine. This article includes a track plan of the 19'x20' layout.

Atlas O Scale Control/Signal Tower Conversion to S Scale

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2009 #6 December
Page:
21
Category:
Structures
Scale:
S
Description:
Despite the kit definitely being intended for O-scale, the author still managed to make it into a reasonable model for S.

Converting AF Flat Cars to Scale

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2004-03/04
Page:
36
Category:
Freight Cars - Flat Cars
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he found and converted several A.F. flat cars into scale models. Includes photos of some of the under-construction and completed models.

Frank Titman on "S" Scale and the NASG

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2000 #6 December
Page:
14
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Scale:
S
Description:
After a brief introduction of how the author met Frank, the remainder of the article is an interview-style format. Frank describes how he got started in model railroading, in S-scale, background info on the S Gauge Herald, and the history behind Lehigh Valley Models. Includes photos of Frank's layout and his models.

Frank Titman Sells His 35 Year Lehigh Valley Models

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2003 #3 June
Page:
10
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Scale:
S
Description:
Frank Titman has sold his company, Lehigh Valley Models, to Phil Kehr of K&P Brick & Building Company out of York, PA. Includes photos of some of the company's models.

From the Long and Morose to the Swatara and Western

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1997 #3 June
Page:
21
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Scale:
S
Description:
The author reminisces about John H. Long who had recently passed away. John modeled in S-scale for 37 years, and was a founding member of the Central Pennsylvania S Gaugers.

How I Did It

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2013 #6 December
Page:
11
Category:
Structures - Towns/Cities
Scale:
S
Description:
On the previous issue's cover, Bill Fraley's church drew attention, so he briefly describes how he built that model by enlarging it from a cut-out book.

Jefferson Central Railroad

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2002-03/04
Page:
30
Category:
Layouts - S
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes his layout started in 1974, which is under DC block-control. Includes several photos and a track plan, including a detailed track plan of the switching areas next to the stairs into the basement.

Last Run Russ Downs

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2010 #1 February
Page:
8
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Scale:
S
Description:
An ode to Russ Downs and what he did for the hobby.

Last Run: Stan Furmanak

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2010 #6 December
Page:
27
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Scale:
S
Description:
Bill describes Stan's involvement in the hobby.

Meet an S Gauger

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1996 #5 October
Page:
25
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Scale:
S
Description:
Introducing John Foley.

Meet an S Gauger

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2002 #1 February
Page:
12
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Scale:
S
Description:
Introduction of Fred and Dolores Rouse who bought S Scale Locomotive & Supply.

Meet an S Gauger

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2002 #5 October
Page:
25
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Scale:
S
Description:
Introducing Hiram Graves. Includes a model photo of the 2nd place Craftsman category he won at the 2002 NASG Convention.

Meet an S Gauger

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2004 #2 April
Page:
19
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Scale:
S
Description:
Introducing Wally Collins (81 at the time). Includes several photos of Wally and his layout.

Meet an S Gauger

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2004 #6 December
Page:
10
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Scale:
S
Description:
Bill briefly introduces Bob Werre, with a couple of photos of Bob's studio where he was busy photographing SHS products.

Meet an S Gauger

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2005 #1 February
Page:
14
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Scale:
S
Description:
Bill introduces Stan Furmanak, who is the new NASG membership secretary. Includes photos of Stan and some of the models he has built.

Meet an S Gauger

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2005 #3 June
Page:
14
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Scale:
S
Description:
Bill introduces Tom Robichaud who is a member of the Bristol S Gauge Club.

Meet an S Gauger

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2005 #6 December
Page:
10
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Scale:
S
Description:
Joe and Lori Fuss, owners of Ragg's To Riches, are introduced. They personally model in Sn3, although their company sells products for most scales. Includes the history of the company.

Meet an S Gauger

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2006 #3 June
Page:
14
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Scale:
S
Description:
Introduces Bert Mahr and his "Conrail & Eastern Railroad". Includes a couple of photos.

Meet an S Gauger

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2006 #6 December
Page:
8
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Scale:
S
Description:
The author introduces Roy Hoffman, how he got started in the hobby, and his current Penn Western "scale" layout.

Meet an S Gauger

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2007 #6 December
Page:
14
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Scale:
S
Description:
Introduces Emory Shughart, and his whole family. Includes a few photos of Emory's A.F. layout.

Meet an S Gauger

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2008 #3 June
Page:
10
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Scale:
S
Description:
Introduces John Degnan. Includes a photo of him and Jim King (Smoky Mountain Modelworks).

Meet an S Gauger

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2008 #5 October
Page:
10
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Scale:
S
Description:
Introduces Jim King, owner of Smoky Mountain Modelworks.

Meet an S Gauger

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2011 #1 February
Page:
20
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Scale:
S
Description:
Bill introduces Cliff Brown who models the Lehigh Valley.

My Unplanned Reading GP35 Project

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2012 #1 February
Page:
19
Category:
Locomotives - GP35
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes the engine that he bought from the Stan Furmanak estate, which was an American Model unit that needed to be repainted.

Perma-Bilt Clinic Follow Up

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2003 #1 February
Page:
22
Category:
Freight Cars
Scale:
S
Description:
This is a follow-up article describing other modelers who have completed their Perma-Built freight car kits recently. Includes several photos of models

Perma-Bilt Kits

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2002 #1 February
Page:
14
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
The author held two clinics at the 2001 NASG Convention about building this older kits. Wally Collins started this effort upon finding 80 kits in his basements. The article includes some tips the author gave at the clinics about building these 1950s-vintage kits. Includes several model photos in the author's collection.

Scratch Build A Shortline Sandhouse

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2001 #1 February
Page:
10
Category:
Structures - Engine Servicing
Scale:
S
Description:
The author presents a materials list, a scaled drawing, and step-by-step guidance to how to scratchbuild a sandhouse. Includes two small photos of the completed model.

Secret Project Month April 2011

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2011 #3 June
Page:
13
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Scale:
S
Description:
Bill explains the "Secret Project Month" concept started in their local club in the 1960s. He describes what he had to do to hold the meeting at his house, and the results of this year's Secret Project contest. Includes photos taken at the meeting, as well as photos of this year's models.

The Central Jersey "Get-together"

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2009 #6 December
Page:
12
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
This annual event made the author reflect on the first one he attended and some of the highlights over the years. Includes photos of significant events at some of the shows.

The Nord 10-Wheeler

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2015 #3 May
Page:
26
Category:
Locomotives - 4-6-0
Scale:
S
Description:
The history of the model that Frank Titman and Bob Christ built, and then sold to the author. Part of the super-structure was a planned Nord 4-6-0 that didn't make it to market, but a few models survived. Includes several photos of the model.

The Secret Project

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1996 #3 June
Page:
15
Category:
Model Railroad Clubs
Scale:
S
Description:
The Lehigh Valley S Gaugers meet in April to reveal each member's "secret project". Several months earlier the members of the club indicate what they intend to reveal in April, and the entries are sealed in an envelope. Members with no, or incomplete, projects have to pay a penalty fee. At the April meeting the projects are judged and prices are awarded to the top three entries. The project keeps the members building. Photos of the efforts are shown in the article.

Third Annual Yahoo S Scale List Seminar

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2007 #5 October
Page:
24
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
A report on the clinic/meeting that was held for members of the Yahoo! Groups S-scale discussion list.

Trees - Cheaper

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1990 #2 April
Page:
19
Category:
Scenery - Trees, Shrubs, Bushes
Scale:
S
Description:
Using the stranded-wire technique, the author describes how he built new trees to improve upon the ones he had previously built. Includes several photos.

Trees Cheap

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1989 #4 August
Page:
10
Category:
Scenery - Trees, Shrubs, Bushes
Scale:
S
Description:
Using left-over Christmas decorations to serve as the basis for S-scale trees. Includes construction photos.