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Rochester Area S Gaugers Newwsletter

September 1999

Rick Israelson’s engine terminal module (under construction) on display as part of the layout at the Genesee Country Museum show in June, 1999.

September Monthly Meeting

George Cole hosted the September monthly meeting on Sunday, September 19th. Six members were in attendance. There was some business discussion, although no real decisions were made. Mike Holland proposed that club members henceforth provide receipts in order to be reimbursed for purchases made for the club. Mike also reported that $1000 has been donated for the club to use to purchase a trailer, and two other people would be willing to donate money for the purchase if we were incorporated and had a tax number. Mike is currently looking for a trailer that would fit our needs and our budget. Dues ($10) are due; please pay Mike Holland.

Sending a small contingent with a display, or perhaps a few modules, to the Canandaigua show was mentioned as a possibility. The show has been rescheduled to November 21 from its previous conflict with the Batavia show on November 14.

After the general discussion, we moved to George’s basement to see his 10’ x 13’ L-shaped American Flyer layout. George primarily uses AF track on rubber roadbed, although the outside loop currently has Gargraves track. George is planning to replace this with AF track and expand the layout with another 5’ x 10’ section. We were all impressed by the good job that George has done decorating his layout as a toy train set-up, with Plasticville buildings, current Racing Champions and Johnny Lightning vehicles, and a large number of operating Flyer accessories. George powers his operating mail car using transformer power with the throttle set at 60 mph smooth operation!

Upcoming Meetings

October 17th 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. at Harry Butler’s place, 190 Snug Harbor Court, off Denise Road in Rochester. For directions, call 716-663-0895. [I’ve begun building a Flyer layout in my basement, and I hope to have something running by then.]

November Date & time TBA, at Roger Delthony’s house.

December or January Date & time TBA, at Chuck Smith’s house.

February Date & time TBA, at Ted Larson’s house.

March Date & time TBA, at Steve Coughlin’s house.

April & May These months are still open, so please let me know at if you’d like to serve as host for either one.

The WW&F Ry's newest acquisition, originally 30" gauge and regauged to 24" by a previous owner.

Upcoming Shows

(If you have not yet contacted Chuck Smith & Mike Holland about attending these shows, please do so)

October 31, 1999 Blaisdale show. Set-up at 7:00 a.m.

November 14, 1999 Batavia train show. Set-up at 7:00 a.m.

November 21, 1999 Canadaigua show at Finger Lakes Race Track (if we send anyone).

December 11 & 12, 1999 GATS show at the Dome in Rochester. Set-up Saturday morning at 7:00; show goes 11-5 both days.


Edaville RR railcar #2, on loan from the Portland Narrow Gauge Museum. Mike Shea was told that this is a replica of SR & RL Railway #2.

Mike Shea Becomes Rem Dealer

A new kit manufacturer has entered the world of S, and our very own Mike Shea has become a dealer! Mike has made arrangements with Rem's Railroad Models to share his dealership status with the rest of the club. Anyone in RASG can now submit an order using Mike’s dealership name, which is RASG Trains. The order has to be for at least $25.00 (after discount) and must be pre-paid (credit card, check or money order). The order will be shipped to Mike Shea’s house, and he’ll make arrangements to get it to the person who placed the order.
The following craftsman-style kits are currently available:

  • 40' Standard gauge, double sheathed boxcar; list price: $37.49; your price: $22.49
    40' Standard gauge, single sheathed boxcar; list price: $37.49; your price: $22.49
    40' Standard gauge flatcar; list price: $29.95; your price: $17.97
    40' Excursion gondola (tourist RR stuff); list price: $34.95; your price: $20.97
    30' Sn3 double sheathed boxcar; list price: $29.95; your price: $17.97
    30' Sn3 single sheathed boxcar; list price: $29.95; your price: $17.97
    30' Sn3 flatcar; list price: $19.95; your price: $11.97
    Flatcar-to-gon conversion kit; list price: $2.95; your price: $ 1.77

  • Shipping and handling charge (1 to 6 kits) is $6.00 (no discount)

    All kits are of wood construction and, while typical of early 20th century cars, no attempt was made to match any particular prototype cars exactly. Each kit comes with Grandt Line detail parts (including 4064 brake set, queenposts, turnbuckles, NBW castings, stirrup steps and, if a boxcar, freight car ladders), and a pair of Kadee couplers (either #5 or #802 - your choice). You will have to supply trucks and grab irons.
    Mike has some photos of pre-production models if anyone is interested. Rem expects to start shipping in mid-October. If interested, submit orders to:

    Rem's Railroad Models
    536 E. Perry Rd., Suite #6
    Grand Blanc, MI 48439
    Phone: (970) 382-2345; Fax: (810) 785-1088; email:
    Remember, all orders must mention the RASG Trains name to get this discount! They also have to be for at least $25.00 (after discount) and you need to specify which Kadee couplers you want. If you do submit an order, please let Mike know too. That way he’ll know who to call when it arrives.

    Product News

    Gleaned off the net: From: Michael Greene <>

    Just a friendly note for those who might be interested and are not TCA members -- For the TCA 2000 National Convention, S-Helper Service is producing the S gauge cars -- a 2 car set of PS-2 covered hoppers painted in the Ann Arbor RR orange scheme.
    Here's what it says in the promotional flyer: "Ann Arbor RR Covered Hopper 2 Car Set. These PS-2 two bay covered hoppers manufactured by Pullman Standard were used for ferry service (note the special "Ferry in Fog" placards). The run from Detroit to Wisconsin via the (Frankfort) railroad ferry across Lake Michigan saved time and many miles around the great lake. These near scale models have hive diecast sprung and equalized trucks with Hi-Rail wheels and knuckle couplers, AB brake system details and scale body detailing. Scale wheels are also provided and mounting for Kadee(TM) couplers. The TCA convention information is on the outside of the hopper bin behind the end structure. The prototypical orange paint will liven up two rail layouts and collections."
    Price is $73.00 per 2 car set. A color photo is provided in Sept 99 issue of National Headquarter News. The photo shows road numbers 781 and 789.
    TCA members may order as many of these convention cars as desired. Orders must be received/postmarked by December 31. 1999.

    Looks-Like...Paper Models has a web site ( They offer paper models and have an on-line catalog. The free download, Otto’s Garage, is HO scale but easily scalable; their catalog lists one S-scale kit based on a Michigan prototype, the Six Lakes Depot, which is available for $10.00.

    Funaro & Camerlengo (RD #3 Box 2800, Honesdale, PA 18431) has introduced a resin kit for a New York Central 40’ gondola, kit # S-210. It is available direct, without trucks and couplers, for $32.99. A photo is up on the BTS website, at


    A Perma-Bilt Seaboard Air Line boxcar in moderate shape (rubbing has removed some paint, but it may be a perfect candidate for a thorough weathering job) is available at Niagara Central Hobbies in St. Catharines for CDN$15. They have some AF equipment, and their prices on locomotives seem reasonable. I would not be surprised to find the Alder Models semaphores and derails there if they are made, since the store stocks Alder Models HO kits.

    Banta Modelworks has a new S-scale handcar in both standard and narrow gauge, # T-2222. You can visit Banta’s website at

    In the October 1999 RMC, Hal Carstens mentions that a company called N-Way Products has signals available in S. Their address is 1650 Mayfield Lane, Madison, Wisconsin 53704.

    Web Sightings

    The Greater Rochester Railfan page has moved to

    The Rocky Mountain Hi-Railers have a website: The site has a brief description of the club and photos of their portable display layout.

    A Closing Word

    Reminder: Dues ($10) are due. Please pay Mike Holland, 309 Gates-Greece T-L Rd, Rochester, NY 14606-3448.


    If you have any comments or items for inclusion in the newsletter, please let me know at or by calling 716-663-0895.

    –Harry Butler

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