My Library - Magazine Articles By Jeff Madden

1994 NASG Columbia River Convention Summary

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1994 #5 October
Page:
6
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes his Amtrak trip to the 1994 NASG Convention, and reviews the activities there. The article continues over many pages and includes lots of photos of people and models.

1994-5 Flyer Fest

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1995 #1 February
Page:
17
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
Photos of the temporary layout set up as part of the event.

2010 Duluth Convention Report

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2010 #5 October
Page:
9
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
Comments and photos of the 2010 NASG Convention.

50th Anniversary NASG Timeline

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2010 #6 December
Page:
20
Category:
Model Railroad History
Scale:
S
Description:
A detailed timeline of significant events over the 50 years of the NASG.

A New Twist On...

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1993 #6 December
Page:
18
Category:
Layout Design
Scale:
S
Description:
Try a different way of setting up a Christmas train in the livingroom.

An S-Plan

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1994 #2 April
Page:
20
Category:
Layout Design
Scale:
S
Description:
The author shares a design of an S-scale layout that could fit in a 12'x13' spare bedroom. The article provides switching suggestions, construction methods, and covers control and scenery topics.

An S-Plan

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1995 #2 April
Page:
10
Category:
Layout Design
Scale:
S
Description:
This article presents the modular concept for the Pennsylvania Railroad's Horseshoe Curve in S-scale. Includes a proposed track plan.

Bernie Thomas Memorial Award Update

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2010 #3 June
Page:
28
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Scale:
S
Description:
Following an explanation of the purpose of the award is a listing of those whom have won it up through 2009.

Branch Lines

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2014 #1 February
Page:
20
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes the 2013 Fall S Fest organized by the State-Line S Gaugers in Janesville, Wisconsin. There are also photos of the South Jersey S Gaugers November 2013 train show.

Come-and-go Layout Design

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1991-03
Page:
118
Category:
Layout Design
Description:
The idea is rather than modeling the entire layout, only show a portion of the layout and have staging or loops hidden from view. It is more of a theatrical experience to have trains appear and disappear. Although less scenery is necessary, still a fair amount of space is needed to implement these designs. Various track plan ideas are presented.

Depot Quiz

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1996 #3 June
Page:
9
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Description:
The reader is to identify the prototype depots shown in the 6 photos.

Fall 'S' Fest Report

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2012 #6 December
Page:
19
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
The 37th annual Fall S Fest was held in the Milwaukee area and hosted by the Badgerland S Gaugers, with about 400-500 people attending. The show report includes photos taken at the event.

Fall S Fest 2004

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2004 #6 December
Page:
14
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
A report of the 29th annual Fall S Fest hosted by the Badgerland S Gaugers in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, area.

Fall S Fest Report

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2009 #6 December
Page:
14
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
A brief review of the show and some photos.

Fall S Fest Report - 2010

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2010 #6 December
Page:
19
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
Photos and a review of the 2010 Fall S Fest in Tinley Park.

First Michigan Spree a Success

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2010 #3 June
Page:
14
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
Report about the show.

Gardners, PA (Reading) 2-hole Outhouse

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1994 #6 December
Page:
15
Category:
Structures - Track-side Details
Description:
Photos and drawings of a two-stall outhouse.

It'll Be a Circus

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2003-05/06
Page:
7
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
The author introduces the 2003 NASG Convention to be held in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. A real-world circus train will be passing through town at the time of the Convention.

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1995 #3 June
Page:
5
Category:
Layout Design
Scale:
S
Description:
The author introduces the article on the BC&G and why it is an excellent shortline to model in S-scale.

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1996 #3 June
Page:
5
Category:
Modules
Scale:
S
Description:
Consider designing in operations into the continously-circling trains on a club's modular layout at a train show.

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1996 #5 October
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
Commentary about the S-scale-only regional and national events.

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1996 #6 December
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Scale:
S
Description:
The author proposed the idea of promoting S-scale as the "last builder's scale".

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2005 #3 June
Page:
5
Category:
Layout Design
Scale:
S
Description:
The editor explains why this issues is focused on track planning for S-scale layouts.

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2006 #5 October
Page:
5
Category:
Structures - Depots/Stations/Yards
Description:
The editor contemplates which plastic structures the major manufacturers could produce that would be of benefit to S-scale modelers, preferably ready-to-run.

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2006 #6 December
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Scale:
S
Description:
The visual appeal of S-scale models becomes apparent when seen in person.

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2009 #1 February
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
How to justify the expense of going to conventions.

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2009 #2 April
Page:
5
Category:
Passenger Cars
Scale:
S
Description:
Jeff reviews the, then, current state of S-scale passenger cars.

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2009 #6 December
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Scale:
S
Description:
"If you sell S, you need to promote S!", is the editor's opinion, reflecting on how vendors and manufacturers might want to interact with their customer base at train shows.

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2010 #1 February
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Scale:
S
Description:
The editor opines about the future of resin kits in S-scale and what might be produced next.

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2010 #2 April
Page:
5
Category:
Layout Design
Scale:
S
Description:
The editor opines on what it might take to switch from a steam-era layout to a 1970s/80s-era layout in S-scale.

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2010 #3 June
Page:
5
Category:
Scenery
Scale:
S
Description:
Making the case for focusing on mini-scenes when building a layout.

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2010 #5 October
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Scale:
S
Description:
Keeping "model" in model railroading. The hobby still requires model building.

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2010 #6 December
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
The editor draws the distinction between two types of S-scale model railroad displays set up at train shows.

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2011 #1 February
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Scale:
S
Description:
The editor discusses the various polls that are done within discussion groups to determine what modelers would like to see produced in S-scale.

Jeff's Junctions

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2009 #5 October
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
The editor is observing how NASG Convention attendance might be related to the general state of the economy, as well as the number of NASG members that live in the area where the Convention is held that year.

Last Run: Jesse Bennett

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2010 #6 December
Page:
8
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Scale:
S
Description:
Jesse, who had a large S-scale layout (20' x 44') modeling the Great Northern Pacific, passed away at 96. Includes a couple of photos of his layout.

Meet An S Gauger

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1996 #3 June
Page:
22
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Scale:
S
Description:
Introduction to NASG president Alan Evans.

Milwaukee Trainfest 2012

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2012 #6 December
Page:
17
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
Photos taken at the show, as well as at local layouts that were open for tours.

Modeling Consumers Fuel

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-03
Page:
75
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Scale:
HO
Description:
Consumers Fuel Co. is based in Martinburg, W. Va. The author build a selectively compressed model of the collection of structures. A prototype layout plan is provided. Scale drawings and possible trackplans are included.

NASG 2006 Convention Report

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2006 #5 October
Page:
8
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
A full report of the 2006 NASG Convention held in Pontiac, Michigan.

NASG Annual Convention

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1996 #5 October
Page:
10
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
Photos, contest winners, and a summary of the 1996 NASG Convention in Dearborn, Michigan.

NASG Annual Convention -Horseshoe Curve 1995-

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1995 #5 October
Page:
9
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes the events at the Convention. Includes many photos taken at the event.

NASG Convention Cars

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2010 #3 June
Page:
30
Category:
Freight Cars
Scale:
S
Description:
A listing of the annual NASG Convention cars from 1985 through 2010.

OS from S Tower

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2011 #2 April
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Scale:
S
Description:
The editor changed the title of his editorial from "Jeff's Junction" to "OS from S Tower" with this issue ("OS" stands for "On Station" indicating when a train passes a station). This editorial covers Jeff's explanation of what the NASG's BOT is responsible for.

OS from S Tower

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2011 #3 June
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Magazines
Scale:
S
Description:
The editor reviews the 16-page insert in the May 2011 Railroad Model Craftsman magazine featuring S-scale products and articles.

OS from S Tower

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2011 #5 October
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Magazines
Scale:
S
Description:
The editor is proposing the idea of creating a "Great Model Railroads" magazine that only features S-scale layouts. One such magazine would be for standard- and narrow-gauge "scale" layouts, and a second such magazine could be for A.F. and hi-rail layouts.

OS from S Tower

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2012 #6 December
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Scale:
S
Description:
The author answers the question, "Why do I like the oddball scale S?" (having switched from many years in HO-scale).

OS from S Tower

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2013 #3 June
Page:
5
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Scale:
S
Description:
What kind of modeling can one do during a period of economic recession? The author provides a list of ideas that cost little or no money.

OS from S Tower

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2014 #1 February
Page:
11
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Scale:
S
Description:
The author captures his thoughts on how far you are willing to compromise on your layout to model the real world, and what is the definition of "good enough".

OS From S Tower

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2014 #2 April
Page:
6
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Scale:
S
Description:
The author suggests the idea of building a modular layout entirely made out of Lionel products available today, to show the audience what can be accomplished in S-scale today.

Prototype View - Hancock Yard

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2009 #2 April
Page:
10
Category:
Structures - Track-side Details
Description:
This photo essay includes a basic drawing of the Hancock, West Virginia/Hancock, MD yard of the Baltimore & Ohio. The prototype photos are of yard track, the former passenger station at Hancock, MD, four-track signal bridge, a handcar shed, the Hancock Tower, and the old freight house.

PRR Highway Underpass at Cresson, PA

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1996 #5 October
Page:
38
Category:
Structures - Tunnels
Description:
A photo and design diagrams of this vehicular underpass.

Railfanning The Altoona Area

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1995 #2 April
Page:
12
Category:
Railroading
Description:
Photos and a description of the Altoona, PA area.

Recent S Meets

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2006 #6 December
Page:
13
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
A quick review of the Fall S Fest and the Indianapolis S Show.

S Gaugers at Trainfest

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2014 #1 February
Page:
21
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes and shares photos of the Trainfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin held in November 2013.

S Track Planning Part 1

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2005 #3 June
Page:
8
Category:
Layout Design
Scale:
S
Description:
Various rough sketches are provided to give ideas on general track designs one could use in a bedroom, garage, or basement.

S Track Planning Part VI

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2009 #1 February
Page:
19
Category:
Layout Design
Description:
The author presents an S-scale version of an O-scale track plan originally published by Model Railroader magazine in the 1940s.

S Track Planning Part VII

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2009 #2 April
Page:
21
Category:
Layout Design
Scale:
S
Description:
Jeff took an O-scale layout built by Frank Smith of New Jersey in the 1930s, updated the design, and scaled it to fit a 15' by 33' S-scale layout. It is an around-the-walls design intended for a basement. It looks like a point-to-point design, but a single hidden track connects the two ends to allow for continuous running.

S Track Planning Part VIII

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2010 #3 June
Page:
12
Category:
Layout Design
Scale:
S
Description:
The author revisits a design published in 2007 that is currently being implemented with some minor modifications. It is a twice-around loop with yard facilities spread out across two peninsulas.

S-Pikes at the Convention

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2010 #5 October
Page:
17
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
Many photos taken during the 2010 NASG Convention.

S-pikes at the Spree

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2010 #3 June
Page:
16
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
Photos taken at this year's Spree.

Single Era-Area Modeling - A Planning Decision

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1993 #6 December
Page:
24
Category:
Layout Design
Scale:
S
Description:
The author proposes ideas that can help you move from the collecting stage to the actual narrowing-down of items that you will really use on your "dream" layout.

St. Louis Convention Report

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2009 #5 October
Page:
8
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes all aspects of the convention held from August 4 to 8, 2009 in St. Louis. There were just under 200 in attendance, but there was lots of interesting things to do. Includes photos of those in attendance, layouts on the tour, and clinics held.

Straight & Narrow

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2010 #6 December
Page:
22
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Scale:
S
Description:
Is Sn3 able to compete with the other scales' narrow-gauges? The author describes what happened with Bachmann introducing their On30 product line.

The Dispatch Visits Ertl

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1994 #6 December
Page:
16
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Scale:
S
Description:
An interview with Ertl's Product Manager James Willey about their 1:64 product line.

The Dispatch Visits Lionel

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1994 #3 June
Page:
23
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Scale:
S
Description:
The author visits with Lionel and interviews the company's Steve Saxton and Carl Crosier about the future of S-scale products at Lionel.

The Eastport & Highland

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1996 #6 December
Page:
19
Category:
Layout Design
Scale:
S
Description:
The hypothetical design and construction of a 12'x13' layout. Includes a track plan.

The Ertl Company

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1994 #6 December
Page:
18
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
Description:
A condensed version of the Ertl hand-out capturing the company's history. Also includes a page of photos of the latest 1:64 Ertl items in 1994.

The South Penn RR

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-03
Page:
68
Category:
Layouts
Scale:
HO
Description:
This 22' by 24' layout models the South Penn railroad (which was proposed but never completed in the real world). Included are the track plan, layout photos, and modeled area map and elevation.

This Time It's 'S' Part V

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2012 #6 December
Page:
12
Category:
Layout Construction
Scale:
S
Description:
The author continues his updates on his Elk & Gauley layout, with completing a loop of track to run trains, and installing various bridges.

This Time It's S Chapter II

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2004 #6 December
Page:
18
Category:
Layout Construction
Scale:
S
Description:
Jeff continues his layout construction article, this time covering building sectional benchwork, and evaluating the earlier track plan. Includes construction photos, and track plan drawing.

This Time It's S Chapter IV

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2010 #2 April
Page:
10
Category:
Layout Construction
Scale:
S
Description:
Jeff continues his central West Virginia layout construction project, covering foam hills, bridges, and tunnels. Includes several under-construction photos.

Track Planning in S Part VIII

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2011 #1 February
Page:
22
Category:
Track
Scale:
S
Description:
Using two standard modules with some temporary track to be able to model an L-shaped switching layout.

Triangle-Shaped Coal Dealer

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1996 #1 February
Page:
11
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:
Small prototype photos and a track plan for the layout of a coal dealer positioned in a triangle.

What is A Flyer Fest?

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 1994 #6 December
Page:
6
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
A Flyer Fest is not a conventional train show, but rather a gathering of people at a host's home, where hundreds of feet of A.F. and A.F.-compatible track is placed on the floor with trains operating. The article includes many photos from the 1993 event. The article describes the history of the event. The track plan of the 1993 event is included (two pages), which was held at Mike Schafer's house.

X2011

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch 2010 #6 December
Page:
10
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Scale:
S
Description:
Jeff conducts an interview with Ed Loizeaux about the 2011 convention. Convention photos are found on page 15.