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September / October
1999

Running Extra - American Models 4-6-2 Converted To A Southern Pacific P-10: Part II (Bob immediately saw some great kitbashing possibilities when American Models introduced their Pacific 4-6-2. The second installment of his conversion covers the pilot, running gear and tender, as well as the finished product) Consist - Has Anyone Seen My Childhood Trains? (Richard's childhood American Flyer trains were sold around 1960, and he's been looking for them ever since. He has also discovered AF in some unlikely places); The Baldwin Switcher (Carl discusses the Baldwin 0-4-4-0, which represented the end of an era for both Baldwin and the A.C. Gilbert Company, in this installment of our series on the prototypes that inspired A.C. Gilbert); Make A Warning Signal (You don't see bridge and tunnel warning signals on layouts very often, but they're easy to make, and are an excellent realistic detail that adds visual interest to an S scale layout); Rio Grande Alco Works The Dual Gauge (Bernie's San Juan & Southwestern has a dual gauge rail yard, so he painted an Overland Models Alco S-2 to look like the D&RG's #114); Early Wooden Hopper Car (The late Bob Wall had this unusual wooden hopper in his collection, and it was also featured in the 1910 edition of the Car Builder's Cyclopedia) Plans, Drawings - Baldwin-Lima Switcher; Warning Device Departments - S Briefs; S Messages; Product Reviews; ABCs Of S; Scale Scene; American Flyer Collector's Column; Roundhouse; Club Car; Book Shelf; Video Screen; S Clubs; Ad Directory; S Ads, S Events, Dealer Directory
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November / December
2003

Running Extra - The Canadian Railways K-3b Pacific #5584 (Andrew started with an American Models Pacific to create this spectacular 4-6-2 locomotive with many scratchbuilt parts) Consist - Oconomowoc NASG Draws Happy S Campers (The Badgerland S Gaugers, sponsors of this year's convention, billed it as the "greatest S show on earth." We have a complete rundown and photos of this annual event); The Disney World Monorail In S (A family vacation inspired the author to seek his own monorail. After a lot of searching, he managed to track down a Disney World monorail set that is compatible with S scale); Building A Unique Cityscape (Jack Bartman of New York used a variety of techniques on his S scale layout to recreate an urban landscape); An S Gauge 'Polar Express' Train (A favorite children's Christmas story inspired Phillip to transform some prewar AF passenger cars into his family's Christmas train set); Colorful Choices In New SHS Rolling Stock (Check out this review of some of the colorful new pieces that were introduced by S. Helper Service at the Oconomowoc NASG convention); The Polar Express Comes To City Hall (Dick thought of a good way to introduce S gauge to the general public: setting up a Christmas layout in his suburb's village hall); Christmas Set Becomes Permanent Layout (Early Christmas memories inspired this AF fan to create a permanent S layout and collection); S Scale NYC Southern (Although it is still a work in progress, this S gauger shows how you can conbine old and new trains in one layout); Back To Basics: Electric Motors (Ever wonder what's going on inside that vintage transformer you use? This article presents electricity in language we can all understand) Plans, Drawings - 1929 Chevy LS Series 1 1/2 Ton Truck Departments - S Briefs; S Messages; Product Reviews; Scale Scene; The Roundhouse; American Flyer Collector's Column; Coffee With...; Book Shelf; Club Car; S Clubs; Ad Directory; S Ads, S Events, Dealer Directory
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May / June
2004

Running Extra - From The Workshop: Freelanced Structures (The Pines and Prairies S Scale Workshop in Minnesota checks in again to share their experiences with building freelanced structures and powering their layout, and color photos illustrate their projects) Consist - Getting Motor-Vated (This discussion of several basic types of motors for S locomotives will be helpful to newcomers to model railroading and to those who just want to refresh their technical knowledge); Dad's Dream (Rich was rather reluctant at first to take the family American Flyer collection out of the attic because of a lack of space, but he discovered that putting the layout up each year is an enterprise that brings the entire family together); Evolution Of An AF Layout (Dick's trains were packed away for 25 years, but when he finally unpacked them, a flood of memories came back, and he was into collecting American Flyer once again) Departments - S Briefs; ABC's Of S; S Messages; Product Reviews; Scale Scene; Coffee With...; American Flyer Collector's Column; The Roundhouse; Video Screen; Book Shelf; Club Car; S Clubs; Ad Directory; S Ads, S Events, Dealer Directory
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May / June
2006

Running Extra - How I Built My Gilbert Union Station (The original Gilbert version of the #799 Union Station can be hard to find, so Bob decided to build it himself. Here's a step-by-step recap of how he created his own classic) Consist - The Oak Bridge Line (Come visit the Oak Bridge Line, an S hi-rail layout in Lewiston, Idaho with these color photos sent by owner Bruce Renshaw); W.F. Work Building (Gerry reviews this new laser-cut plywood kit that builds into a good-looking all-purpose commercial building. He reports that all it takes is time and patience); Operating American Flyer And Other S Gauge Trains With TMCC - Part 1 (For anyone who has been daunted by the idea of adding TMCC to their layout, Tom provides a complete guide that will convince you it isn't as complicated as you have been led to believe); Auto Transport Car (The auto transport car has become a highly collectible item from the 1961 Gilbert line. Here is a brief history of this unique piece of rolling stock, with background on the vehicle loads as well); Dump Car #919 (The #919 Dump Car was first offered in the Gilbert catalog of 1950 and became one of the favorite action cars in the American Flyer line. There is even a prototype for it) Plans, Drawings - TMCC Layout / Wiring Diagrams; A Small Hotel Departments - S Briefs; Coffee With...; Product Reviews; Scale Scene; AF Collectors Column, Book Shelf; Club Car, S Clubs; Ad Directory; S Ads, S Events, Dealer Directory
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May / June
2010

Running Extra - American Flyer 4-8-8-4s Make The Grade (The Oxford Two-Rail Train Club, aka the Lazy Man's Railroad, shakes out the new Lionel 4-8-8-4s on Woody Hanger's layout and shares the photos with us here) Consist - 2010 NASG Convention Highlights (Highlight of the NASG Convention in Duluth this summer); Plasticville, USA: Symbol Of Post-War Bliss And Contentment (Antique expert Bob Brooke shares an in-depth look at these iconic 1:64 scale collectibles) Departments - S Briefs; Product Reviews; Scale Scene; Building Layouts; AF Collector Column; S Scenes; The Roundhouse; Club Car; S Clubs; Book Shelf; Dealer Directory; S Ads, S Events, Ad Directory
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September / October
2010

Running Extra - Memories Of The A.C. Gilberts (Julie Gilbert Trail shares vivid memories of growing up as a Gilbert in Hamden, Connecticut) Consist - Application Of Decals (A short lesson on how to get them on right); Scratchbuild A Freight House (David tells us how he built a typical freight facility like those found in many small cities); The American Flyer Whistling Billboard (Carl relates the complete history of this iconic AF item); American Flyer Rarities At The York TCA Show (Not only is York fun, but you will find AF items there that you may never see anywhere else); S Gauger's Letters To Lionel - Part II (The second installment of our reader's requests for Lionel) Departments - S Briefs; Product Reviews; Scale Scene; Building Layouts; The Roundhouse; AF Collector's Column; Club Car; S Clubs; Book Shelf; Video Screen; Dealer Directory; S Ads, S Events, Ad Directory
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May / June
2011

Running Extra - Build A Prototype Pulpwood Car (Pete did extensive research before he started contructing this scratchbuilt piece of rolling stock) Consist - How I Built The Record-Setting #999 (John was intrigued by the NYC locomotive that set the record for speed in 1893, so he decided to scratchbuild one); The Lewisburg & Buffalo Valley (Here are detailed S scale track plans based on a narrow gauge logging road found in central Pennsylvania); S Track Survey - Part IV (In the fourth installment of Tom's S track survey, he discusses S-Helper Service Showcase Line track and turnouts) Plans, Drawings - The Lewisburg & Buffalo Valley Railroad track plans Departments - S Briefs; S Messages; Product Reviews; Scale Scene; Building S Layouts; S Clubs; Club Car; Roundhouse; AF Collector's Column; Dealer Directory; S Ads, S Events, Ad Directory
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September / October
2011

Running Extra - The Chicago, Priceless & Denver Railroad (Take a tour of Rod's colorful S gauge layout that operates trains from several well-known railroads and runs both steam and diesel power) Consist - Evolution Of The S Scale Challenger (Bill discusses how AF's Challengers are being developed with Remy Convery, product manager at Lionel); Denver & Rio Grande Western #6003 (Karl started with an American Models PA-1 and transformed it into a beauty based on the D&RGW prototype); Build A Bascule Bridge (This intricate bridge is not only an eye-catching model, it acts as a gate to the author's layout room) Plans, Drawings - Chicago, Priceless & Denver Departments - S Briefs; Product Reviews; Book Shelf, Video Screen; Scale Scene; AF Collector's Column; Roundhouse; Club Car; S Clubs; Dealer Directory; S Ads, S Events, Ad Directory
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March / April
2012

Running Extra - The AF Challenger: Two Views (The release of this electronically sophisticated locomotive last fall caused a stir in the S gauge community. Tom and Bill take an in-depth look at different facets of the engine and what it means for the hobby) Consist - Celebrating 50 Years Of Fellowship With Readers (Don recalls the early days of S as well as prospects for the future); Readers Reveal Kinship To S In Our 50th Anniversary Survey (Dozens of S Gaugian readers were happy to share their thoughts on the Golden Anniversary of the magazine); After Five Decades, New Products Still High On List Of S Priorities (Contributing Editor Dick Arsenault ruminates on where S has been and speculates on where it is going during this 50th Anniversary year); Cars Of Distinction And Near Extinction (This photo essay highlights a dozen S scale freight cars that roll on this Indiana pike, some from the earliest days of S); Magazine Production 101 (Publication of the S Gaugian has come a long way over the past 50 years, from a mimeographical newsletter to a glossy four-color international magazine that never sees a typewriter) Plans, Drawings - American Flyer Transformer Dead Man's Control Departments - S Briefs; Product Reviews; AF Collector's Column; Roundhouse; Club Car; S Clubs; Dealer Directory; Video Screen; S Ads, S Events, Ad Directory
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September / October
2012

Running Extra - The Milford Valley Railroad (There are elements of both scale and hi-rail, old and new on Fred Schlegel's S Milford Valley. His friend James Ettwein describes the layout and how Fred came back to S gauge after years in HO) Consist - The Reader's Survey Shows Kinship With S - Part IV (Part IV of our 50th anniversary readership survey); Report On The 2012 Spring S Spree (The Miami Valley S Gaugers hosted this year's event in Dayton, Ohio); Interview With M.T.H.'s Andy Edleman (The S Gaugian chats with the vice president of marketing of the giant model train manufacturer about their entry into S); New Haven's EP-5 Yellow Paint Scheme (Carl tells you the story behind this unique electric locomotive; the yellow and black unit lasted only a very short time); Gilbert's Sunglasses (Ted has unearthed a little-known chapter in the history of the toys offered by The A.C.Gilbert Co. - sunglasses) Plans, Drawings - Milford Valley Railroad Track Plan Departments - S Briefs; Product Reviews; American Flyer Collector's Column; The Roundhouse; Club Car; S Clubs; Dealer Directory; S Ads, S Events, Ad Directory
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November / December
2012

Running Extra - The Great Plains Northern Terminal Railroad (Bob takes us on a tour of his 19 x 23' scale layout, which depicts an amalgamation of Midwestern and Western roads as it would have existed in the northern plains in the 1950s. Bob uses code 126 track and miller tiestrip with sidings of code 100 flextrack. Power is DCC) Consist - The AF Atlantics (In this first installment of his new series, Stumpy discusses the many possibliities presented by the lowly AF Atlantic); Make A Display Case (Need space to display your AF collection? This is a great project for a chilly fall weekend and not hard to build); The Magical S Gauge Buildings Of Chuck Ansell (Chuck's colorful S gauge buildings are kitbashed and scratchbuilt, and the results look great); The A.C. Gilbert Company's 'Wing Thing' (Craig chanced upon an old book that reminded him of one of Gilbert's ventures into the field of "space race" toys) Plans, Drawings - The Great Plains Northern Terminal Railroad Departments - S Briefs; Product Reviews; Book Shelf; The Roundhouse; AF Collector's Column; Club Car; S Clubs; Dealer Directory; S Ads, S Events, Ad Directory
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March / April
2013

Runing Extra - The New York Central - East Ohio Division (Don Gates' 38' x 25' around-the-wall layout has six hidden staging tracks, three swing-away bridges and two tunnels, among numerous other features such as a huge rail yard) Consist - Choosing An Era To Model (Any layout, no matter how small, can represent a time period and a geographical location, says Stumpy); My Gilbert Moment (John's memory of an encounter with The A.C. Gilbert Company leads to a colorful ancedote he shares with readers); Those Colorful T&P Geeps (The intriguing color scheme of those GP-7s and their prominent place in the AF catalog, make the Texas & Pacific diesels a desirable addition to your collection); Reviewing The New AF 2-8-8-2 Steam Locomotive (Bill takes a thorough look at this new offering from American Flyer. He cites the detail on the unit as a major improvement) Plans, Drawings - The New York Central East Ohio Division Departments - S Briefs; Product Reviews; Video Screen; Book Shelf; The Roundhouse; AF Collector's Column; Club Car; S Clubs; Dealer Directory; S Ads, S Events, Ad Directory
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May / June
2013

Running Extra - A Day In The Shop With Fred: Converting The American Flyer 2-8-8-2 (Ed was charged with converting the new AF Y-3 into a scale-wheeled locomotive capable of good operation on NMRA-compliant trackage. With the help of Fred Rouse, the job was done) Consist - How To Combine S-Trax And Fastrack (Since the roadbed is the same height and profile, Rich shows us how these two brands of track can be used together with some simple adjustments); AF Reefer Conversion From 1970 (Although it was more than 40 years ago, Sam can still recall making this AF reefer into a contest-worthy S scale model); The Texas Special: The Long-Awaited New Set From American Flyer (Bill reviews the new set from American Flyer and finds that is was worth the wait) Plans, Drawings - Parker's General Store Departments - S Briefs; S Messages; Product Review; The Roundhouse; AF Collector's Column; Club Car; S Car; Dealer Directory; S Ads, S Events, Ad Directory
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July / August
2013

Running Extra - The Wisconsin Central Southern & Santa Fe Railroad (This Wisconsin S gauger has maximized his layout's appeal with many revenue producing structures and freight-hauling trains) Consist - Gilbert's Response To Lionel's 50th Anniversary Line: Part 1 (The 1950s were a prosperous time for the model railroad industry, when both Lionel and American Flyer produced some of their most popular products. Here's what Gilbert offered); Welcome To Table Rock, AZ (This imaginary Arizona mining town has lots to recommend it as a prototype to model in S scale); The General Electric U33C (The U33C is the first newly-tooled S gauge diesel electric to be produced for American Flyer by Lionel. Carl recounts the origins and production history of this important new entry in the AF line) Plans. Drawings - The Wisconsin Central Southern & Santa Fe Railroad; Table Rock, AZ Town Plat Departments - S Briefs; S Messages; Product Reviews; The Roundhouse; AF Collector's Column; Book Shelf; Club Car; S Clubs; Dealer Directory; S Ads, S Events, Ad Directory
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September / October
2013

Running Extra - Visit The BE&C Lines (A young train collector and his wife renovated two rooms in their old farmhouse to build a big multi-gauge layout and train collection) Consist - S Fest West (An open house featuring a huge AF operating layout was one of the highlights of the 2013 S Fest West in Arcadia, California last May); Gilbert's Response To Lionel's 50th Anniversary Line - Part II (The 1950s were a prosperous time for the model railroad industry, when both Lionel and American Flyer produced some of their most popular products. Here's the second installment of George's historical recall of this time); History Of The SD-70ACe (For the first time in almost 60 years, there is an American Flyer diesel available to modelers at the same time the prototype is still actually in production. Carl brings us the history of this powerful locomotive); Union Station Revisited (Plasticville is so easy to use and modify: here's a favorite that was revised to better fit into the author's layout) Plans, Drawings - The BE&C Lines Departments - S Briefs; Product Reviews; The Roundhouse; AF Collector's Column; Club Car, S Clubs; Dealer Directory; S Ads, S Events, Ad Directory
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March / April
2014

Running Extra - Meet AF Collector Scott Young (Scott's American Flyer layout includes four independent loops powered by three AF transformers, running 39 steam and 54 diesel locomotives) Consist - Four American Flyer Whys (George addresses some mysterious AF variations, including the Kaufmann's passenger set, the New Haven mail car and the MKT "Katy" box); Building The Charlotte Southern Station In S (Stu was commissioned by the late S gauger Graham Denton to build this beautiful Southern train station that was once found in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina. It was torn down in 1962); Doodlebugs In S (Dick has been running this brass gas/electric doodlebut on his layout for more than 20 years, and tells us some interesting facts about it); 'Improve Profits' Was The 'Watch' Word At Gilbert (During some lean years in the 1960s at A.C. Gilbert, the company tried some interesting new merchandise. Ted discusses one of these unusual products - children's watches) Plans, Drawings - Scott Young's Layout Departments - S Briefs; Product Reviews; The Roundhouse; AF Collector Column; Club Car; S Clubs; Dealer Directory; S Ads, S Events, Ad Directory
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September / October
2014

Running Extra - The Mysterious And Rare AF Sets #4622T And #4624 (These huge sets from the early days of AF S gauge contained a whopping 91 items. Ted researched the sets with Lonny Beno, one of the few collectors to actually own them) Consist - Building Coffman Bicycles (Vince decided to experiment with a BTS kit, honing his weathering techniques. The result is this handsome turn-of-the-century style building which he made into an old fashioned bike shop); The Prototypes Of Flyonel: The GE ES44AC (Carl discusses the rivalry of EMD and GE in the diesel locomotive industry, and how the ES44AC came out as one of its most successful models); Converting AF Hopper Bolsters/Wheels To Scale (Matt shows modelers how to convert the new Lionel AF cylindrical hoppers to scxale using a scratchbuilt bolster and American Models roller bearing trucks and NorthWest Short Line wheelsets); MTH And Lionel Talk 'S' (S Gaugian's exclusive interview with two top S gauge manufacturers covers a wide range of topics, including scale versus hi-rail, production in China and the timely delivery of S products) Departments - S Briefs; Product Reviews; The Roundhouse; AF Collector's Column; Club Car; S Clubs; Dealer Directory; S Ads, S Events, Ad Directory
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