My Library - Magazine Articles By Dick Karnes

3/16" Scale 53' Girder Bridge from Central Valley's HO Kit

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1991-10/11
Page:
22
Category:
Product Review
Scale:
S
Description:
Although this kit is designed for HO-scale, it can easily be used in S-scale, which is what the author does as he reviews the construction and modifications of this kit (available in single- and double-track versions). The kit can also be used for narrow-gauge S-scale layouts.

7th Annual Sn3 Symposium

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1992-06/07
Page:
40
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
Sn3
Description:
A review of all the activities as the show. Photos are shown starting on page 61.

A Different Approach to Solving the "Pogo Stick Couplers" Problem

Magazine:
S Scale Resource 2017-02/03
Page:
58
Category:
Couplers
Scale:
S
Description:
The author shares his experiences to solve the problem, as a follow-up to Michael Fox' December/January article.

A Few Things You Can't Live Without

Magazine:
Model Railroad News 2010-03
Page:
85
Category:
Structures - Track-side Details
Scale:
S
Description:
Various details that are needed to make a more complete layout, such as instrument houses (B.T.S.) and staircases (Kaw Valley Designs).

A New Manufacturer Hits a Home Run

Magazine:
Model Railroad News 2009-01
Page:
76
Category:
Structures - Towns/Cities
Scale:
S
Description:
The author reviews the first kit, Greg's Grocery, by Grand River Models.

A Trio of S Scale Baggage Cart Kits

Magazine:
Model Railroad News 2009-12
Page:
38
Category:
Scenery - Trackside
Scale:
S
Description:
The author reviews three different manufacturer's S-scale baggage cart kits.

A Visit With Dave Smith

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 11, Number 5, December 1988
Page:
12
Category:
Layouts - S
Scale:
S
Description:
After a brief introduction on how Dave got into S-scale, there are several pages of photos of his NYC/UP layout, including a full-page photo of his scratchbuilt trestle bridge.

A Visit with Ron Tilton

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 14, Number 2, April 1991
Page:
6
Category:
Layouts - S
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes Ron and his layout, and shares many photos of the work Ron has done. Ron specializes in scratchbuilding rolling stock.

Add the NYO&W Creamery to Your Layout And a Milk Run to Your Schedule

Magazine:
Model Railroad News 2010-01
Page:
84
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Scale:
S
Description:
The author reviews the Laser Art Structures Branchline Trains structure of the creamery kit. Photos are of the completed kit.

Adding Public Transit with Help from PHM

Magazine:
Model Railroad News 2009-11
Page:
31
Category:
Locomotives - Electric
Scale:
S
Description:
The author reviews the Birney Streetcar kit made by Pennsylvania Heritage Models, and includes photos of the kit parts and the final model.

Building a Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Berkshire

Magazine:
S Scale Resource 2015-10/11
Page:
39
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Scale:
S
Description:
The project has a long history, and was built from a wide variety of donor projects and some creative modeling. The author provides the history of the Class A-2a P&LE Berkshires, how he built it and the tender, how he painted it, and the parts list.

Building Kits with Dick Karnes

Magazine:
S Scale Resource 2015-10/11
Page:
23
Category:
Structures - Towns/Cities
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he built the Reviresco Gas Station kits (a 1930s-era and a 1950s-era one). These are very inexpensive kits. Finally, the author also describes the AM Models structures, which, too, are very inexpensive kits of shed and a small passenger station.

Couplers for Operational Reliability

Magazine:
Model Railroad News 2010-06
Page:
86
Category:
Couplers
Scale:
S
Description:
The author shares his thoughts on having a trouble-free operating session on your layout, focusing on couplers, uncoupling magnets, and his operating scheme.

Editorial

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 08, Number 4, Fall 1985
Page:
2
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Scale:
S
Description:
Dick starts off as the editor of this Dispatch with this issue.

Editorial

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 11, Number 1, March 1988
Page:
22
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Scale:
S
Description:
The author lists things he would like see manufacturers produce in S-scale.

Editorial

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 11, Number 3, August 1988
Page:
4
Category:
Model Railroad Magazines
Scale:
S
Description:
A photo tour to Spokane, WA, and this is the first Dispatch issue with a theme: tracklaying.

Editorial

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 11, Number 5, December 1988
Page:
20
Category:
American Flyer
Scale:
S
Description:
Dick describes his transition from A.F. to scale. His request is for more A.F.-related materials to be published in the Dispatch.

Electro-Motive FTs

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1992-10/11
Page:
2
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Scale:
S
Description:
After a brief history of the FT locomotives, the author continues by covering the River Raisin's brass FT models. Includes model and prototype photos, and a table for which railroads to use the parts that come with the model.

Engine Terminal Wiring

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 10, Number 4, Fall 1987
Page:
12
Category:
Electronics
Scale:
S
Description:
Breaking a storage yard into small blocks allows the controlled movement of just one engine in the yard, without the others moving as well.

Engineering Department

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2008 Fall
Page:
12
Category:
Track
Description:
This column continues the discussion of how to wire a turnout.

Engineering Department

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2010 Fall
Page:
11
Category:
Freight Cars
Scale:
S
Description:
In trying to assure that your equipment stays on the track, this article covers trackwork, dirt, and center of gravity. Includes an explanation and diagram for the three-point suspension system recommended for cars.

Engineering Department

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2010 Spring
Page:
9
Category:
Track
Scale:
S
Description:
Information about how to super-detail your turnout using parts appropriate for S-scale. Includes many close-up photos.

Engineering Department

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2010 Winter
Page:
11
Category:
Track
Scale:
S
Description:
The author covers rock-vs-nut ballast types, when to apply ballast, and how to apply rock ballast.

Engineering Department

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2011 Spring
Page:
10
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Scale:
S
Description:
Using bridge components from O- or HO-scale works just fine on S-scale, because most are scale-indifferent. A few kits are mentioned in the article. Several model photos of bridges on the author's layout are included.

Engineering Department

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2012 Fall
Page:
9
Category:
Layout Construction
Scale:
S
Description:
Slowly replacing solenoid switch machines with either Blue Points or Tortoise ones. Additional layout progress.

Engineering Department

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2012 Spring
Page:
9
Category:
Layout Construction
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he made a section of his layout such that it could be tilted up so that he could get to the wires and electronics under the layout.

Engineering Department

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2012 Summer
Page:
12
Category:
Operations
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes the things he has to do to get ready for his monthly operating sessions.

Engineering Department

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2012 Winter
Page:
9
Category:
Track
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he installed the Blue Point and Tortoise switch machines. Includes many tips that make the process go much smoother.

Freelance Triple Hopper from an On3 Kit

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1991-04/05
Page:
26
Category:
Freight Cars - Hoppers
Scale:
S
Description:
The author built an S-scale standard-gauge 70-ton 3-bay hopper from an EBT hopper kit marketed by CB&T Car Shops. Includes photos and construction diagrams, as well as a parts list.

From the Observation Lounge

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2012 Spring
Page:
25
Category:
Tools
Scale:
S
Description:
The author recommends using the digital camera to study and find error and problems on your layout. He also recaps what happened in S modeling in 2011.

Grade Crossing

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2009 Fall
Page:
10
Category:
Track
Scale:
S
Description:
Dick shows how he used two different commercial and one scratchbuilt methods to building grade crossings.

Heavy Electric Fan

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-10
Page:
36
Category:
Locomotives - Electric
Scale:
S
Description:
After introducing his roots in areas where heavy electric locomotives were common in his childhood, the author describes his 1955-era layout, which features those types of locomotives. Includes a model and a prototype photo of a New Haven EP-5.

Installing Kadee Couplers On The American Models' Alco PA

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1995-06
Page:
26
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Scale:
S
Description:
The AM PA has padding for the couplers on the trucks, but in this article Dick covers how to install them on the body. Includes close-up photos.

John Ramm's Three-Dimensional Layout

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 14, Number 1, February 1991
Page:
13
Category:
Layouts - S
Scale:
S
Description:
This American Flyer-based layout measures 15'x25' and is 5 feet tall, covering several levels. The article includes several photos of the layout as the Greater Seattle S Gaugers club met at John's house.

Kansas City '89 Convention Overview

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 12, Number 4, August 1989
Page:
12
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
The author reviews the 1989 NASG Convention.

Kansas City '89 Manufacturer News

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 12, Number 4, August 1989
Page:
16
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
A listing of what was new at the Convention.

Kitbashing an NYC Class DEf 2-D-2 Locomotive

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-04
Page:
72
Category:
Locomotives - Electric
Scale:
S
Description:
The model, which took Best in Show at the 2000 National Association of S Gaugers Convention, is based on the NYC's first diesel locomotive purchase. The author built it using two spliced-together Precision Scale On3 Forney locomotive frames and brass shapes.

Kitbashing Scale Cars from Toy Bodies

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 09, Number 1, Winter 1986
Page:
8
Category:
Freight Cars - Flat Cars
Scale:
S
Description:
How to convert an A.C. Gilbert American Flyer flat car into a "scale" model. Includes drawings showing how to modify the body, and includes a parts list.

Kitbashing Scale Cars from Toy Bodies Part 2

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 09, Number 2, Spring 1986
Page:
11
Category:
Freight Cars - Gondolas
Scale:
S
Description:
Taking A.C. Gilbert American Flyer gondola bodies and converting them into credible "scale" models. Includes model photos and cut diagrams. Also covered is the 42-foot hydracushion box car.

Kitbashing Scale Cars from Toy Bodies Part 3

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 09, Number 4, Fall 1986
Page:
12
Category:
Freight Cars
Scale:
S
Description:
The series continues with converting A.F. cars to scale models, by converting a quad hopper, and a wine tank car. Includes diagrams and model photos.

Kitbashing Scale Cars from Toy Bodies Part 4

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 10, Number 1, Winter 1987
Page:
12
Category:
Freight Cars
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how to create a Virginian-style rotary coal car and a transfer caboose. Includes model photos and diagrams.

Kitbashing: See It Before You Do It

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 10, Number 4, Fall 1987
Page:
18
Category:
Locomotives - Electric
Scale:
S
Description:
Using paper copies of locomotive diagrams, the author describes how he "paper-dolled" the engine together by cutting out pieces from the diagrams. Includes the "kitbashed" diagram, and a photo of the finished locomotive.

Let's Build a CNJ Boxcab Diesel

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2012 Fall
Page:
11
Category:
Locomotives - Diesel
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he built this engine from a Pennsylvania Heritage Models' chassis kit and a Great American Locomotion super-structure kit. Includes one prototype photo, and several model construction photos, as well as a parts list.

Meet an 'S' Gauger

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 14, Number 2, April 1991
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Scale:
S
Description:
The author introduces Kent Singer, a Dispatch columnist, to the audience.

Multiple-unit Commuter Combine

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1989-12/01
Page:
30
Category:
Locomotives - Traction
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he "kit-bashed" this model of a motorized car. Includes photos, drawings, and a parts list.

NASG Launches "Special Interest Groups"

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 30, Number 6, December 2006
Page:
22
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Scale:
S
Description:
The NASG BOT wants to launch SIGs that represent the three groups of modelers within the S-scale community, similar to the NMRA SIGs.

New Brunswick '88 Convention Overview

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 11, Number 4, October 1988
Page:
8
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
The author reports on his visit to the 1988 NASG Convention. Includes several photos, including most of the contest winners' models.

Notable Models at Narrow Gauge Northwest

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1991-12/01
Page:
42
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
Sn3
Description:
A photo essay of the interesting S-scale models found at the show in Seattle in August 1991.

One building Complex You've Gotta Have!

Magazine:
Model Railroad News 2010-10
Page:
64
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Scale:
S
Description:
This is a kit review of the Grand River Models' Prince Edward Express structure consisting of a brick building containing offices and loading bays, together with a wood annex ("shed") that abuts its rear. The article includes photos of the kits parts and details, and various views of the completed structure.

Operations on the NYW&B

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-07
Page:
42
Category:
Layouts - S
Scale:
S
Description:
Dick's layout will be open as part of the 32nd National Narrow Gauge. In this article he covers the design and implementation of his layout which has lots of electric engines, overhead wiring, and beautiful scenery, all done in the minority scale of S.

Oregon S Gaugers Meet

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 12, Number 4, August 1989
Page:
8
Category:
Model Railroad Clubs
Scale:
S
Description:
The first meeting of Oregon state-wide S-scale modelers, to gauge interest in a state-wide meeting, and to consider organizing a joint NASG/NMRA convention. People brought models, and John Verser (of Pacific Rail Shops) brought the latest box car model. Includes several photos.

Other Resources Part 1

Magazine:
Model Railroad News 2009-05
Page:
76
Category:
Track
Scale:
S
Description:
The author discusses using HO- and O-scale parts for S-scale track, and using techniques covered in other-scales magazine articles that are applicable to S-scale.

Other Resources Part 3

Magazine:
Model Railroad News 2009-07
Page:
80
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Scale:
S
Description:
Using larger HO-scale buildings in S-scale layouts.

Other Resources Part 4

Magazine:
Model Railroad News 2009-08
Page:
82
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Scale:
S
Description:
More examples of O- and HO-scale structures that can be used on S-scale layouts.

Reflections

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 10, Number 3, Summer 1987
Page:
20
Category:
Locomotives - Electric
Description:
Having left the East coast in 1964 to move to the West coast, the author's visit to the east has him noticing everything that once was is no more.

Revisiting the Denver & Rio Grande Southern Railroad

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1992-04/05
Page:
29
Category:
Layouts - S
Scale:
Sn3
Description:
Photographed by Bob Werre, this revisit to the layout showed the tremendous amount of progress Roger Russell had made to his layout, with lots of trees and lots of details added. The article includes a track plan of the 12'x27' layout.

S Scale SIG Newsletter

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2012 Spring
Page:
22
Category:
Model Railroads and Computers
Scale:
S
Description:
The newsletter is posted to highlight the recent changes made to the S Scale SIG web site. (related web page)

S Scale SIG Newsletter

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2012 Summer
Page:
21
Category:
Model Railroads and Computers
Scale:
S
Description:
The newsletter reports that the S Scale SIG web site is functional, and Ed Loizeaux discusses what's next for the group.

S Scale SIG Newsletter

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2012 Winter
Page:
21
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Scale:
S
Description:
This newsletter introduces the S Scale SIG.

S-curves

Magazine:
Model Railroad News 2010-10
Page:
80
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes his view of the 2010 NASG Convention, including the Duluth, Minnesota area, the prototype tours, and the vendor hall highlights. Also covered in this column is NWSL's continued support for S-scale with the new owner.

S-curves

Magazine:
Model Railroad News 2010-12
Page:
97
Category:
Scenery - Streets
Scale:
S
Description:
The author lists various companies that make S-scale details for enhancing street and right-of-way scenes.

S-Scale Couplers

Magazine:
Model Railroad News 2009-03
Page:
92
Category:
Couplers
Scale:
S
Description:
The author reviews all of the couplers available to S-scale, including AF-compatible ones.

Smoky's Flat Car Kit a Deadringer of Prototype

Magazine:
Model Railroad News 2008-11
Page:
40
Category:
Freight Cars - Flat Cars
Scale:
S
Description:
The author reviews the Southern Railway 41-foot flat car kit by Smoky Mountain Model Works.

Sometimes You Can Actually Get What You Want...

Magazine:
Model Railroad News 2010-08
Page:
83
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes his experiences in drumming up support for projects to convince manufacturers to produce the product.

Southern Pacifics S-12 Class 0-6-0

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2010 Winter
Page:
16
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
Prototype information, and scaled drawings and photos of this locomotive and its tender.

Standard Gaugers: Meet the Narrow Gaugers

Magazine:
Model Railroad News 2010-01
Page:
96
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes the various figures available in S-scale.

The 2009 NASG Convention

Magazine:
Model Railroad News 2009-11
Page:
80
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
The author reviews the 2009 National Association of S Gaugers (NASG) Convention, held in St. Louis, MO.

The Coiv's in the Corn...

Magazine:
Model Railroad News 2010-09
Page:
96
Category:
Scenery - Trees, Shrubs, Bushes
Scale:
S
Description:
Details, methods, and ideas the author used to overcome his fear of doing scenery and building more complete scenes.

The Last Five Inches

Magazine:
Model Railroad News 2010-11
Page:
77
Category:
Structures - Towns/Cities
Scale:
S
Description:
The author packed and transported clinic materials for Dave Jasper's presentation at the 2010 NASG Convention, where he put all those parts together to build convincing scenery in just 30-scale feet of layout space (5 inches). He then describes how he used similar methods for his own layout.

The Oregon S Scalers' Portable Layout

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 16, Number 6, December 1993
Page:
6
Category:
Modules
Scale:
S
Description:
The club's modules do not necessarily conform to the NASG's S-MOD standard, but the layout has been set-up a number of times in 1992. Includes several close-up photos.

The Reviewer's Workbench

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 13, Number 1, January 1990
Page:
31
Category:
Product Review
Scale:
S
Description:
Reviewed is the Omnicon PRR M1 4-8-2. A number of issues were found with the four review samples, which Omnicon owner, Charlie Sandersfeld offered to correct, but he had become seriously ill at the time.

The Sacramento Improbabillium Mine

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1992-02/03
Page:
58
Category:
Model Railroad Retailers
Scale:
S
Description:
A slide by Bob Werre leads the author to go visit and interview Wayne Lyndon, owner of the Whistle Stop Hobbies in Sacramento, California. The S-scale mine is based on the Ophir Tram House.

The Tinplate Road

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 12, Number 3, June 1989
Page:
16
Category:
Layouts - S
Scale:
S
Description:
A visit and tour of Ernie Horr's layout. Includes several photos, some of which are full-page.

Trackwork Detailing Part 2

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1992-02/03
Page:
38
Category:
Track
Scale:
S
Description:
This installment covers rail lengths, rail and turnout details, turnout dimensions for various frog angles, and lots of close-up prototype photos.

Wanna Be An Author

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1989-12/01
Page:
39
Category:
Model Railroad Magazines
Description:
What does it take to become an author for this magazine?

Wiring a Double-Ended Yard

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1992-04/05
Page:
22
Category:
Track
Scale:
S
Description:
How to wire double-ended yards for ease of prototypical operation, by using the extra contact points on the switch machines.

Wisps

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1990-10/11
Page:
44
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
A more in-depth look at what happened at the 1990 NASG joint Convention.

Wisps

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1991-06/07
Page:
40
Category:
Model Railroad Organizations
Scale:
S
Description:
Developing a modular standard for Sn3.

Wisps

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1992-04/05
Page:
51
Category:
Product Review
Scale:
S
Description:
Who does the magazine's product reviews, and what criteria does the editor use?

Yard Wiring

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 10, Number 2, Spring 1987
Page:
11
Category:
Electronics
Scale:
S
Description:
This article covers how to wire your layout's single-ended or double-ended yard, including an automatic stopping section. Several diagrams are included to clarify the text.