My Library - Magazine Articles By Category: Model Railroad Manufacturers

"T" is for Tiny

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-03
Page:
82
Author:
Tom Knapp
Scale:
T
Description:
This article introduces "T-scale", which is 1:450 (half the size of Z-scale). It is very popular in Japan, and growing in Europe, however, there are no distributors in the U.S. yet. Products sold by Eishindo are featured in the article.

A Tour of Scale Models Unlimited

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-09
Page:
58
Author:
Jack Burgess
Description:
The author visits the studios of this professional model building company.

A Tour with Weaver and OGR

Magazine:
O Gauge Railroading 2016-01
Page:
69
Author:
Ed Boyle
Scale:
O
Description:
For more than ten years, the attendees of the annual York train show could take a bus ride to the Weaver Quality Craft Models factory for a tour of their facilities, which lasted until Weaver closed its doors. After an introduction by George Seil, the author discusses the limited-run, special cars that could only be purchased on those tours. The cars were made at their U.S. factory. Photos of the cars are included in the article.

A Visit to Micro-Trains Line

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2002-07/08
Page:
52
Author:
Kirk Reddie
Scale:
N
Description:
A pictorial tour of the Micro-Trains Line facilities.

A Visit to PBL

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1995-07
Page:
74
Author:
George Hall
Scale:
Sn3
Description:
The text describes the author's visit to PBL, while the photos cover the company's Sn3 layout set up in the showroom.

A.C. Gilbert's Paradise - Today Part 1

Magazine:
S Gaugian 1980-09/10
Page:
22
Author:
Carl R. Konkel
Scale:
S
Description:
The author visits the A.C. Gilbert factory complex, which (at the time of this article) was sub-divided and leased to individual stores and companies. Includes photos he took at the visit. The pages of this article have another article inserted in yellow, titled "Demise of the A.C. Gilbert Company", which is an excerpt from the Professor Hartley's book "Marketing Mistakes" which devotes a chapter to the Gilbert story. This provides great insight into the company's history of the 1960s.

ABC's of S...

Magazine:
S Gaugian 1984-11/12
Page:
17
Author:
Don Heimburger
Scale:
S
Description:
The author draws the conclusion that S-scale is growing, and specifically mentions the contributions of American Model and Overland Models to the increase of available equipment.

ABC's of S...

Magazine:
S Gaugian 1991-03/04
Page:
25
Author:
Don Heimburger
Scale:
S
Description:
The author responds to last month's request for a hypothetical company being formed that produces S-scale items for the AF/hi-rail community.

American Flyer Line Upgraded; New Steam Locomotive Coming

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2003-03/04
Page:
26
Author:
Don Heimburger
Scale:
S
Description:
This is an interview with Todd Wagner of Lionel about the future of American Flyer.

An Update on S Scale

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1981-06
Page:
82
Author:
Don Heimburger
Description:
The author describes S scale, and where to find steam and diesel locomotives, freight and passenger cars, track, structures, and detailing parts. The last section is about the NASG and the upcoming 1981 NASG convention. Includes a few S-scale layout photos.

And the Winners Are...

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-08
Page:
58
Author:
Paul Schmidt
Description:
The 2001 Readers' Choice Awards includes S-scale's American Models' Budd streamlined passenger car set, and S-Helper Service's A and B set of EMD Phase II F3s.

Brass Models with Code 110 Wheels

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 10, Number 1, Winter 1987
Page:
5
Scale:
S
Description:
A listing dated January 15, 1987 of all the known S-scale brass models that came with code 110 wheels.

Champion Decal Co. Celebrates Their 50th Anniversary

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-12
Page:
140
Author:
Jim Hediger
Description:
The history and a tour of the facilities of Champion Decal. Includes a side bar on how the decals are made.

Changing Standards

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 08, Number 1, Winter 1985
Page:
2
Author:
Sam Powell
Scale:
S
Description:
After mentioning several other major changes in the model railroading industry, the author opines about the need for the S-scale community to adopt the new NASG S-scale standard.

Charles D. Sandersfeld 1934 - 1990

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 13, Number 2, April 1990
Page:
14
Scale:
S
Description:
The (uncredited) author shares his memories of Charlie, provides some insight into the man, and the article includes several photos.

Clearing Up (We Hope!) That Coupon Confusion

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 06, Number 1, Winter 1983
Page:
11
Author:
Walt Danylak
Scale:
S
Description:
Issues related to NASG membership renewals and discount coupons that will be offered by the NASG.

Coffee With Don Thompson

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2004-01/02
Page:
19
Author:
Don Thompson
Scale:
S
Description:
Don Thompson is the co-owner of S-Helper Service. He describes his home layout, but progress on it stopped when he started the company in 1989.

Collecting Antique Electric Toy Trains

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-03
Page:
96
Authors:
Tom McComas & Jim Tuohy
Description:
This article centers around Lionel, American Flyer, and the tinplate collecting hobby.

Crapola from the Cupola

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 01 March 2002
Page:
34
Author:
John C. Smith
Description:
The owner of Pecos River Brass describes the ins and outs of the importing business.

Crapola from the Cupola

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 02 May 2002
Page:
38
Author:
John C. Smith
Description:
The owner of Pecos River Brass talks about what it takes to become a brass importer.

Dear S-Gauger

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 04, Number 6, November 1981
Page:
6
Author:
Ed Loizeaux
Scale:
S
Description:
A letter-to-the-editor explains the situation about getting ALCO Models to produce an S-scale brass NYC Niagara.

Editorial

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

Evolution of the scale AF Challenger

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2011-09/10
Page:
6
Author:
Bill Clark
Scale:
S
Description:
The author interviews Remy Convey, product manager at Lionel.

From Stoves to ICEs: 130 years of Marklin

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1992-05
Page:
90
Author:
Dennis Burnside
Description:
This article covers the history of the German Marklin company, and includes information about visiting the company in Goeppingen near Stuttgart, Germany.

Gilbert's 50 Year Heritage

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1996-09
Page:
108
Author:
Keith Wills
Scale:
S
Description:
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of American Flyer, the author reviews the company's and S-scale history. In the article he claims there are perhaps 20,000 S-scale modelers and 325 manufactures making product for S-scale.

Gilbert's Response to Lionel's 50th Anniversary Line Part 1

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2013-07/08
Page:
12
Author:
George E. Hoffner
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes what A.C. Gilbert did to compete with Lionel's 50th anniversary product line.

Jeff's Junction

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 33, Number 6, December 2009
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
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 Volume 34, Number 2, February 2010
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
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 Volume 35, Number 1, February 2011
Page:
5
Author:
Jeff Madden
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.

Kimpei Sofue's Life

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2017-03/04
Page:
30
Author:
Tad Daito
Scale:
O
Description:
The story of the life of Mr. Sofue who built brass engines for KTM, Max Gray, both O- and HO-scale.

Lionel '93

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 16, Number 2, April 1993
Page:
15
Author:
Pete Mihelich
Scale:
S
Description:
The author got to visit the Lionel factory and view the new S-scale products, photos of some of which are included in the article.

Lionel Shows Commitment to S Gauge

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 10, Number 1, Winter 1987
Page:
6
Author:
Dan Navarre
Scale:
S
Description:
Representatives of Lionel attended the 1986 NASG Convention, which led to a factory tour at Lionel, all indicating that Lionel is serious about continuing American Flyer products.

Lionel Trains Hosts a Media Event At Their New Visitors Center

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 15, Number 2, April 1992
Page:
21
Author:
Moe Berk
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes what happened at the January 21, 1992 event. Includes photos of the dignitaries at the event.

Lionel Trains, Inc. Opens New Visitors Center in Mt. Clemens, Michigan

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 15, Number 2, April 1992
Page:
19
Author:
Moe Berk
Scale:
S
Description:
A description what can be found in the visitors center and what to expect when you participate in the tours given. Photos of the layout are included (4 tracks of O and one of A.F.).

Looking Ahead

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2010 Fall
Page:
4
Author:
Robert L. Nalbone
Scale:
S
Description:
Looking into 2011, the editor encourages all to invest in S-scale.

NASG Manufacturer's Advisory Group Meeting Summary

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 16, Number 5, October 1993
Page:
16
Author:
Will Holt
Scale:
S
Description:
This is a report of a small meeting with several representatives from different companies, and NASG representatives.

New Products: Wanted!

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 16, Number 3, June 1993
Page:
7
Author:
Mike Palmiter
Scale:
S
Description:
A list of the author's wishes that he would like manufacturers to produce in S-scale.

Photo Tour of American Models

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 14, Number 1, February 1991
Page:
6
Author:
Don Thompson
Scale:
S
Description:
A photo essay showing the American Models factory.

Possibilities

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1990-10/11
Page:
49
Author:
Bill Wade
Scale:
S
Description:
Helping manufacturers with prototype data, so that a particular model could possibly be produced.

Possibilities

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1991-04/05
Page:
48
Author:
Bill Wade
Description:
The idea of bringing wanna-be manufacturers with money together with manufacturers short on cashflow.

Possibilities

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1991-12/01
Page:
53
Author:
Bill Wade
Scale:
S
Description:
Small plastic manufacturing companies could be turned into producing model railroad products, if we provide them with the necessary data; the company doesn't have to be a pure model railroading-only company.

Possibilities

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1992-02/03
Page:
55
Author:
Bill Wade
Scale:
S
Description:
What S needs is a distributor, to help cut down on the amount of time cottage industry manufacturers have to spend on "administrivia".

Possibilities

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1992-04/05
Page:
55
Author:
Bill Wade
Scale:
S
Description:
What benefit would an S-scale distributor have to the community?

President's Message

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 11, Number 4, October 1988
Page:
26
Author:
Ed Loizeaux
Scale:
S
Description:
Continued discussion related to criticism toward S-scale manufacturers.

President's Message

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 12, Number 1, February 1989
Page:
4
Author:
Ed Loizeaux
Scale:
S
Description:
Responding to the claims that there are too many NYC and PRR engines being made, and not enough for other railroads.

President's Message

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 13, Number 2, April 1990
Page:
4
Author:
Michael Ferraro
Scale:
S
Description:
The passing of Charlie Sandersfeld, owner of Omnicon Scale Models.

President's Message

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 13, Number 6, December 1990
Page:
4
Author:
Michael Ferraro
Scale:
S
Description:
Help promote S-scale with existing manufacturers.

Publisher's Message

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1990-10/11
Page:
22
Author:
Ed Loizeaux
Scale:
Sn3
Description:
Disappointment in the lack of Sn3 available at the 1990 NASG Convention.

Publisher's Message

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1991-06/07
Page:
37
Author:
Ed Loizeaux
Scale:
S
Description:
Marketing S-scale products to non-S modelers.

Publisher's Message

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1995-08
Page:
4
Author:
Bill Wade
Scale:
S
Description:
The June 1995 Model Railroader had a 8-page section in the middle of the magazine all about what is available in S-scale at that moment. The author is encouraging all to take advantage of this and help continue to promote and grow S-scale.

Publisher's Message

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1995-10
Page:
4
Author:
Bill Wade
Scale:
S
Description:
The publisher writes about what they did over the summer to improve the S/Sn3 Modeling Guide, started BTS Distributing, and new BTS structures.

Publisher's Message

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1998-02/03
Page:
4
Author:
Bill Wade
Scale:
S
Description:
A review of the author's companies' accomplishments for 1997, and concern for the Asia products due to their financial woes.

Rare AF Missouri Pacific Passenger Set Returns

Magazine:
S Gaugian 1991-03/04
Page:
16
Author:
Don Heimburger
Scale:
S
Description:
The author conducts an interview with Jeff Jones, American Flyer Production Manager at Lionel about their new offerings for 1991. Included are pages of advertisement showing photos of the new AF products.

Remembering Se Young Lee Founder of Samhongsa Models

Magazine:
S Scale Resource 2015-02/03
Page:
7
Author:
Jettie Padgett
Description:
The author, owner of SouthWind Models, describes meeting Mr. Lee in 1974.

Richard "Dick" Truesdale And His Westside Model Company

Magazine:
Narrow Gauge And Short Line Gazette 2008-11/12
Page:
85
Author:
Jim Vail
Description:
Jim visits with Dick to learn about his brass importing business and the extent of the hard labor he went through to dig a basement out under his house to build his layout there.

S Gaugian Interviews MTH's Mike Wolf

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2003-03/04
Page:
32
Author:
Don Heimburger
Scale:
S
Description:
This is an interview with Mike Wolf, owner of MTH, about AF accessories and MTH's future involvement in S-scale (note that MTH bought the S-Helper Service tooling in 2010, and is now indeed producing S-scale equipment as well as accessories).

Sn3 Modeler

Magazine:
S Gaugian 1980-09/10
Page:
27
Author:
Don Heimburger
Scale:
S
Description:
This page introduces the magazine-within-a-magazine, the Sn3 Modeler.

Sometimes You Can Actually Get What You Want...

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

Special Run Cars

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-09/10
Page:
60
Author:
Robert Hesselgrave
Scale:
N
Description:
This article is a quick guide to how to create your own custom cars by interacting with model manufacturers. The author talks about his club's experiences so far.

Starters

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1990-10/11
Page:
42
Author:
Kent Singer
Scale:
S
Description:
What about S-scale products from the 1950s? How to find them, and that they are still valid kits to build.

Steam is Still King!

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-08
Page:
56
Author:
David Popp
Description:
Readers' Choice Awards for 2002. Broadway Limited's HO-scale sound-equipped New York Central 4-6-4 Hudson took the top prize. For S-scale S-Helper Service's F7 and Lehigh Valley 55-ton two-bay composite hopper took first place in each category.

Support Your Local Manufacturer!

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 09, Number 1, Winter 1986
Page:
2
Author:
Tony Perles
Scale:
S
Description:
This editorial comments on how Charlie Sandersfeld of Omnicon Scale Models can't go out on a limb by himself having brass engines built without the support of S-scale modelers in the US.

The American Flyer Enthusiast

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 09, Number 4, Fall 1986
Page:
4
Author:
Tom Nimelli
Scale:
S
Description:
A discussion of the A.F., Lionel, and American Models wheelsets for the tinplate operator.

The Dreaded Deposit

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1995-06
Page:
12
Author:
Bill Wade
Description:
What it actually takes, financially, to produce a brass piece of equipment.

The NASG Visits Intermountain Railway Company

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 14, Number 6, December 1991
Page:
8
Author:
Bob Jackson
Scale:
S
Description:
The Longmont, Colorado company produces their own O-scale freight car kits, and is home to S-scale's Pacific Rail Shops and HO-scale's Innovative Models, as well as being a contractor for other manufacturers. Includes many photos of the facilities.

Train Set Gazette

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-01
Page:
66
Description:
This special insert into the magazine lists various starter sets and information about how to get your first layout started. Various starter sets in N, HO, and O-27 are listed.

Union Pacific: The Grinch that Stole Christmas

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2005-11/12
Page:
13
Author:
Don Heimburger
Scale:
S
Description:
The author shares comments he received from Don Thompson (S-Helper Service) of the possible legal ramifications by the accusations the Union Pacific RR has launched against model railroad manufacturers.

Visit Tomalco Track

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 38, Number 2, April 2014
Page:
7
Author:
Larry Morton
Scale:
S
Description:
Owner of Tomalco Track describes his transition into S-scale and into becoming an S-scale manufacturer. Owning the company, he has been able to complete his own 28'x28' S-scale layout in his basement.