A trip to the National Narrow Gauge Convention in St. Louis in 1990 left Pat Gerstle convinced narrow gauge was the way to go. Although he built what he calls “a decent” HO layout as a teenager, he didn’t consider himself a serious modeler until about 20 years ago. But why S scale?
“What changed me was that the running qualities of the HOn3 items were just not very impressive,” Pat said of his visit to the 1990 convention. “The trains and layouts were beautiful but they just didn’t operate smoothly or reliably.
“I know they’ve improved a lot since then, but that’s what I saw at the time. Then I experienced the world of Sn3 operations, and couldn’t believe how well it ran and how great the sound systems were.”