Photos below taken during the 2016 NASG National Convention in
Novi, Michigan - Sponsored by the Southeastern Michigan S Gaugers
Credits - Upper Left to Right - Greg Rich's Layout - Photo by Culver Anderson, Randy Bosscher's 1st Place Contest Entry - Photo by Rod Hardy, Jamie Bothwell "Auctioneer" - Photo by Mark Charles, Dickering at the Trading Tables, Joe Calamia and Kyle Russell - Photo by Tom Hawley, Bob and Shirley Stelmach (Plotting) Photo by Tom Hawley, Tomalco's Larry Morton showing John Racey "How To" on Bill Bartlam's Surrey valley RR. - Photo by Mark Charles
NMRA National Train Show,
Grand Rapids, MI - August 3rd - 5th, 2012
Brooks sent me the front cover image of the November NMRA Magazine pictured here. Gaylord wrote supporting documentation detailing our plan to upgrade the display layout. The following is an excerpt from that effort.
"Built as a club project, the SMSG layout has been displayed at shows and conventions for several years. Physically it’s a 14’ x 36’ oval consisting of eight straight sections (each 5’ 6” long) and eight corner sections (with each 90° corner made up of two sections). Although all the sections had scenery, it was fairly basic.
Our first task was setting a vision for what we wanted to accomplish. Essentially we wanted to portray a generic Midwest locale that had elements of four themes: farm, town, industry and country. We further set a goal that the finished layout would have the homogeneous appearance of a fine home layout, as if it had all been designed and built by one person. Finally, we stressed the idea that structures and scenery would be organized into a series of scenes that flowed from section to section, rather than the more typical modular approach where each section might be designed independently. We had 22 club members participate in the layout construction, and nearly that many running the layout over the course of the three day event.
Sig Fleischmann spreading the good word about "S" model railroading at the February, 2011 set-up.
Alan Evans, center, (Ohio) manning the NASG Switching layout at the 2010 Spring Spree!