My Library - Magazine Articles for Sn3 Scale

7th Annual Sn3 Symposium

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

A Layout Is Never Finished

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-05
Page:
62
Author:
Tom Troughton
Category:
Layout Detailing
Description:
The author describes various details he is now adding to his fairly complete layout, such as bottle-brush-style grass clusters, tie piles, rail pieces, pallets, tools, coal bin, tree stumps, and building foundations. He also describes how he built two spools of steel cable, one enclosed and one exposed. A sidebar covers his use of various chemicals to age and weather things on his layout. There are lots of ideas for enhancing your layout in this article.

A Visit to PBL

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1995-07
Page:
74
Author:
George Hall
Category:
Model Railroad Manufacturers
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 Wood Passenger Car

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-03
Page:
69
Author:
Bob Walker
Category:
Passenger Cars
Description:
Since the author is building a 10'x20' Sn3 logging layout, he needed some wooden passenger cars, so this article describes how he built one. Includes construction photos.

Along the Line

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-06
Page:
150
Author:
Pat Gerstle
Category:
Structures - Engine Servicing
Description:
A photo of a K-37 rolling onto a turntable.

Along the Line

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-06
Page:
146
Author:
Art Cominio
Category:
Scenery - Trackside
Description:
Rio Grande Southern's "Galloping Goose" motor car no. 4, as modeled by Joe Brooke.

An Auxiliary Water and Coal Car for OX

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-02
Page:
70
Author:
Tom Troughton
Category:
M.O.W. Equipment
Description:
To complete his M.O.W. train, the author built a coal and water car from a brass tender. The article covers modifying the car, installing couplers, adding a realistic pile of coal (with debris), and finally painting, applying decals, and weathering the model.

An Inexpensive Easy-To-Build Sn3 Shay

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1992-06/07
Page:
32
Author:
Andy Pierce
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
Using the MDC's HO standard-gauge two-truck kit #360 and the V&T Shops kit #S-19, the author describes how he built his Sn3 Shay model. Includes photos of the completed model and the kits' parts.

Building the Timberline No. 1 Mine Part I

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2013-02
Page:
74
Author:
Tom Troughton
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:
The author describes building the head house and mine building. Includes lots of construction photos of the model.

Building the Timberline No. 1 Mine Part II

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2013-03
Page:
64
Author:
Tom Troughton
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:
The author continues with his project by construction the conveyor and ore bins. Includes lots of construction photos.

Castings and Kits

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-10
Page:
62
Author:
Bob Walker
Category:
Casting
Description:
The author describes how he builds his own molds to cast a number of items. Includes are photos of his logging camp building and logging flat cars of which he needed a number for his Sn3 layout.

Chama Yard

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1992-10/11
Page:
28
Author:
Jack Savaslian
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:
The 3'x48' layout models the Chama Yard, which was the first layout the author built after switching from On3 to Sn3. Includes a track plan, and several photos.

Commentary

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1975-11
Page:
96
Author:
Jim Boyd
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Description:
Although the entry is not accredited an author, there is an opinion piece in the back of the magazine where the author believes that modeling in a minority scale, such as S, and more specifically Sn3, is a perfect scale for those who wish to not be tempted into "buying" their way into a nice layout, but rather be "forced" to have to build the things he or she wants for the layout.

Creating a Landslide

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-10
Page:
55
Author:
Tom Troughton
Category:
Scenery - Mountains
Description:
The author described how he dealt with the dark shadows formed by the mountain on the layout's backdrop.

Dave Woodrell's Sn3 Rio Grande Southern

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-07
Page:
48
Authors:
Paul Scoles & Bill Mohn
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:
The author describes Dave's Rio Grande Southern layout, which was started in 1991 in an 18' X 33' space in his new basement. The article includes the layout's track plan, and lots of close-up photos.

Denver & Rio Grande Western

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1992-10/11
Page:
27
Author:
Al Wahlberg
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:
The author describes his layout, which is centered around the town of Coffee Creek, a freelance town that grew to serve the area's Coffee Creek Lumber Company. Includes one photo and the point-to-point layout's track plan.

Detroit Yukon Mining Co.'s Porter No. 4 in Sn3

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-06
Page:
56
Author:
Rene Gourley
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
The author built a Backwoods Miniatures 7-ton 0-4-0 into an 0-4-0T Porter. Includes two model and two prototype photos.

E.B.T. in Sn3! Part II

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1997-10/11
Page:
23
Author:
Jack Bartman
Category:
Layout Design
Description:
In this installment, the author covers his design and planned operation for the new S/Sn3 EBT-based layout. Includes a two-page track plan, and several prototype photos.

Getting Better Performance from Your MDC Shay

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1994-03
Page:
92
Author:
Alexander Zelkin
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
The author converted a Model Die Casting HO-scale two-truck Shay kit to Sn3 using one of the V&T Shops conversion kits. The kit requires a bit of work to get it to operate well, so he describes what he did to improve the engine.

Here Comes The 7th Annual Sn3 Symposium

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1991-12/01
Page:
2
Author:
Mel Medhurst
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:
Preliminary information about the Sn3 Symposium in San Diego, CA in February 1992.

Joel Shank's Sn3 Rio Grande Southern

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2001-10
Page:
50
Author:
Dick Roberts
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:
The author talks about how Joel went about building a 34'x44' building (from scratch itself in 1987) after literally burning his HO-scale layout in 1984. The article includes many photos of this highly-detailed layout, as well as a track plan.

Kitbashing the Kerosene Refinery at Rio Dell

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-10
Page:
58
Author:
Paul Scoles
Category:
Structures - Industrial
Description:
The author started with mock-up parts and then eventually built this model of several small buildings that fit a vacant part of this layout. Several close-up photos are included.

Manufacturers Build an Sn3 Layout

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-08
Page:
100
Author:
Jon Clinton Stetz
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:
This article covers the layout that a group of manufacturers, who produce products for S and Sn3, built within a year, in time for the 1989 NMRA Convention in Houston, Texas. The layout is called the Durango, Rico & Northern RR. The L-shaped layout consists of a corner module that contains a wye, and four 5-foot modules, one on the short end of the "L" and three on the long end. Eighteen companies provided product and/or worked on the layout. The article includes photos of the layout and a track plan.

Model of the Month

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1985-02
Page:
67
Author:
Jim Booth, Jr.
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
Two photos of the work Jim did to super-detail the D&RGW 2-8-0 #268.

Narrow Budget Narrow Gauge

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1995-06
Page:
29
Author:
Bill Wade
Category:
Freight Cars - Flat Cars
Description:
Modified flat cars that were used for hauling logs, based on the scratchbuilt car documented in the February 1995 issue of this magazine.

Narrow Gauge Through the San Juan Mountains

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-05
Page:
76
Author:
Bob Kuchar
Category:
Layouts
Description:
28 x 38 free-lanced mountain railroad set in New Mexico and Colorado. Has a sidebar on painting backdrops that are slightly out of focus to keep attention on the 3D models.

Notable Models at Narrow Gauge Northwest

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

One Day (Really?)

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2013-01
Page:
60
Author:
Bob Walker
Category:
Scratchbuilding
Description:
The author covers the idea of building a small structure from scratch in one day. The building in question is an S-scale small storage shed.

Possibilities

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1992-06/07
Page:
55
Author:
Bill Wade
Category:
Model Railroad Philosophy
Description:
Sn3 needs an affordable steam locomotive to attract modelers that are turned-off by the high cost of brass models.

Revisiting the Denver & Rio Grande Southern Railroad

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1992-04/05
Page:
29
Author:
Dick Karnes
Category:
Layouts - S
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.

Riding the "Cookie Box" Extra

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1996-04
Page:
73
Author:
David Steer
Category:
Trains
Description:
The story and model are based on the adventures of two railfans to the RGS in 1950.

Rio Grande Northern Railway

Magazine:
S Gaugian 1981-07/08
Page:
30
Author:
Richard E. Owings
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:
The author describes his layout built in a space of 10' x 12' with a yard addition of 2' x 10'. The track plan allows for continuous running or point-to-point operation over 90 ft. of main line trackage. It is open during the 1st annual Narrow Gauge Convention in St. Louis. Includes two photos.

Rocky Mountain Narrow Gauge

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-10
Page:
64
Author:
Kenneth Ehlers
Category:
Layouts
Description:
Ken models the Colorado rockies in the 1930s in his 15'x19' layout.

Sage of the Square Footer

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-01
Page:
88
Author:
Bob Walker
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:
Bob tells the story of how his wife competed in the 2014 National Narrow Gauge Convention's Square-Footer contest and won second place. The model is of an old engine being pulled out of a shed, modeled in Sn3.

San Juan Southern

Magazine:
S Gaugian 1981-07/08
Page:
38
Author:
John C. Kalin
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:
The author briefly describes his point-to-point layout representing railroading in southwest Colorado during the late 1920s. The layout is built in an L-shaped space and measures 23' x 50' x 12'. It is open during the 1st annual Narrow Gauge Convention in St. Louis. Includes two photos.

Scratchbuilding a Boiler Flue Storage Rack

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2014-06
Page:
58
Author:
Tom Troughton
Category:
Structures - Engine Servicing
Description:
The author details how he built this unique storage rack, with tips on how to install it and weather the pipes. Includes prototype and model photos, and detail and scaled drawings.

Sn3 Box Cars From HO Kits

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2010 Fall
Page:
18
Author:
Robert R. Harmen
Category:
Freight Cars - Box Cars
Description:
The author describes converting older MDC box car and reefer kits into good facsimiles of Sn3 box cars. Includes several construction photos.

Sn3 Reviews

Magazine:
S Gaugian 1981-07/08
Page:
40
Author:
unknown
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
This review is of three Pacific Fast Mail 4-6-0 wheel arrangement steam locomotive motive power. Made in Korea by Ski, the three new models include the Rio Grande Southern Nos. 20, 22, and 25.

Sn3 Rio Grande Southern C-17 2-8-0

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1997-06
Page:
33
Author:
George Sebastian-Coleman
Category:
Product Review
Description:
The author reviews the Railmaster Exports of New Zealand's narrow gauge engine, which is a mostly white-metal kit. Additional resources are highly recommended as the kit's instructions are spartan. A ready-to-run model was also available.

Stoner, Colorado, May 31, 1947 in Sn3

Magazine:
Narrow Gauge And Short Line Gazette 2008-07/08
Page:
26
Author:
Bill Busacca
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:
Photos of Bill's scene which measures 3'x6'.

Straight & Narrow

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 34, Number 2, April 2010
Page:
21
Author:
David Heine
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:
A review of the 25th Sn3 Symposium, held February 24-27 in Houston, Texas.

Superdetailed Layout Built for Travel

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2007-04
Page:
57
Author:
Jon Addison
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:
Not having enough space at home for a permanent layout, the author build a sectional layout, so that he only has the section in the house that he is currently working with. The other sections are stored in the garage or the purpose-built trailer. He takes the mostly-scratchbuilt 6'x24' layout to local train shows. His 1929-1935 Silverton Central is not modeled after a specific prototype. The simple oval track plan (with only two turnouts) makes it easy to run the layout at a show.

The Berlyn Locomotive Works' Sn3 C&S Type II Stock Car Kit

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1995-08
Page:
41
Author:
Bill Wade
Category:
Product Review
Description:
A review of the construction of this kit.

The Crested Butte & Northern

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1995-03
Page:
116
Author:
Kenneth Ehlers
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:
The author describes his 10'x23' layout set in 1938.

The Layout as Art

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1995-08
Page:
25
Author:
Bud Smith
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:
A 2.5' x 19' switching layout represents a logging diorama, which won an award at the 1987 National Narrow Gauge Convention. At the time of the writing, this layout was being integrated into a larger garage layout.

The Loon Lake Railway & Navigation Company

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-11
Page:
44
Author:
Pete Smith
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:
The author's retirement layout is a freelance one set in 1938. It follows a folded-dog-bone design, but it is operated as a point-to-point during operating sessions. He covers the layout's construction, how he made his trees (it is a logging railroad), and how he made the harbor scene with water using Golden's "Soft Gel (gloss)". (related web page)

The Northbound Local

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-09
Page:
50
Author:
Paul Scoles
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:
The layout fills most of the 22' by 46' basement, and this narrow gauge line is set in 1895 in California. The article's photos take you on a tour of the layout.

The Pelican Bay Railway & Navigation Company

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-05
Page:
52
Author:
Paul Scoles
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:
This layout article was inspired by the author's friend purchasing a new digital camera "that had to be tested". Includes a description and lots of close-up photos of the author's 1895-era layout set in Northern California.

The Rio Grande Southern at Dolores: an Sn3 diorama

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1995-11
Page:
60
Authors:
Mark Kramer & Bruce Nall
Category:
Dioramas
Description:
After deciding on standards among the local Sn3 club, the author describes how the informal group built 24 feet of modules to model the RGS. In addition to photos, there is also a track plan for how the sections are set up.

The Straight & Narrow

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 33, Number 1, February 2009
Page:
20
Author:
David Heine
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:
A basics article on "scale" vs. "gauge", what is narrow-gauge, how and where the various narrow gauges were used, and the history of narrow-gauge prototype railroads.

The Straight & Narrow

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 33, Number 2, April 2009
Page:
18
Author:
David Heine
Category:
Model Railroad Shows
Description:
This article is a review of the 24th Sn3 Symposium held in Clearwater, Florida from February 25th to the 28th. Photos of some of the narrow and standard gauge layouts that were open during the show are included.

The Upcoming 23rd Annual Sn3 Symposium

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-02
Page:
89
Author:
Tom Troughton
Category:
Model Railroads and People
Description:
Photos of layouts open for the tour accompany the information about the Sn3 convention to be held in St. Louis, Missouri.

There Is Always Something New

Magazine:
S Scale Resource 2016-12/01
Page:
14
Author:
Glenn Guerra
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:
A layout visit with Norm "Chic" Hartert. After a full history on Chic, the article covers how he discovered Sn3 through a P-B-L ad. There are lots of photos of the layout. Part of which is being rebuilt.

Through the Portals and Into the Darkness

Magazine:
Scale Rails 2005-04
Page:
19
Author:
Tom Troughton
Category:
Scenery - Trackside
Description:
Modeling the interior of tunnels.

Timber Trestles on the C&TT Railroad

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2013-09
Page:
73
Author:
Tom Troughton
Category:
Structures - Bridges
Description:
The author revisits the various larger bridges on his layout, using better photographs, and showing the additional work he has done to improve their settings. Includes many overall and close-up photos of the bridges.

Trackside Photos

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1996-09
Page:
66
Author:
Bob Kuchar
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:
A full-page-plus photo of Bob's Sn3 layout featuring a high trestle bridge running two P-B-L C-16 class D&RGW engines.

Trackside Photos

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2001-06
Page:
71
Author:
Randy Meyer
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:
A single photo of the author's Canyon & Rocky Mountain RR featuring engine #452, Denver & Rio Grande Western class K-27 Mikado, crossing the Animas River bound for Silverton.

Trackside Photos

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-07
Page:
89
Author:
Jon Addison
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:
A photo of Jon Addison's Sn3 Silverton Central modular railroad, which took first place in the individual module category, best module group, and best of show at the 2002 National Model Railroad Association national model contest in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Trackside Photos

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-12
Page:
128
Author:
Kenneth Ehlers
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:
Ken's Sn3 Pandora & San Miguel RR is a good example of narrow gauge modeling. This photo shows Rio Grande Southern 4-6-0 #20 departing the Ophir depot with a passenger train.

West Side Lumber Co. Circa 1940

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1991-12/01
Page:
27
Author:
Vincent Pellitteri
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:
The 15'x21' layout is set in the late 1930s-early 1940s, and is loosely based on the WSLCo prototype. Includes a couple of photos of the layout, including a full-page one of the trestle bridge, and a track plan.

West Side Lumber Co. Circa 1960

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1991-12/01
Page:
31
Author:
Bruce Herzog
Category:
Layouts - S
Description:
The layout measures 20'x2' and is set in 1960, and is based on a fictitious version of the WSLCo. Includes a couple of photos and the track plan.

West Side Lumber Co. Coffin Tank Car No. 5

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1991-10/11
Page:
40
Author:
Bruce Herzog
Category:
Freight Cars - Tank Cars
Description:
The author describes how he built this V&T kit. Includes two photos of the completed model.

Window Glazing for a Tender's Dog House

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2014-01
Page:
54
Author:
Tom Troughton
Category:
Locomotives - Steam
Description:
The author shows how he installed glass (acetate) in his P-B-L K-37 tender's dog house (which is soldered in place). The special technique is how he installed the acetate without removing the dog house from the tender.