What is the “Terrapin Narrow Gauge Society”?
The T.N.G.S. is a loose knit group of railroad
modelers that has been meeting together in Southern California since 2000.
It is not a club with dues or formal meetings, but a round robin group that meets at
members homes once a month or so (usually on short notice). Those that want
to come can bring their latest project, relax, exchange ideas, and enjoy a few hours
with others of likeminded interest.
With an emphasis on modeling narrow gauge,
scales in the group run the gamut from HOn3 through to Gn15, and into
1.20.3. Most members however are 1/4 scale modelers, and that is the main
scale of the group. Models range from freelance to prototypically correct, and everything
in between. They cover steam, diesel, electric, traction, and even some futuristic/fantasy
models. We are a group that enjoys the art of model building, over the joy of model
railroad operating; there are however several in the group that are working on layouts,
and several that have started fiddling with a modular layout.
Where did the Name come from?
As we grew as a group, we decided we needed a
name. Since most of us grew up enjoying the music of the sixties and several of
us have been fans of "The Grateful Dead", "Hot Tuna" and other
like groups for years, it just seemed natural to call ourselves the “Terrapin
Rubber Gauge Society”.
Over time it was determined that some members
didn’t care for the name “Terrapin Rubber Gauge Society” due of the initials
Terrapin-“RGS”, and they did not want to be associated with any one particular
prototype (such as the Rio Grande Southern). It was decided at that point,
that the name should be changed to the current “Terrapin Narrow Gauge Society.”
Carder Allen, Kevin Barnett, Gordon Birrell, Dick
Christ, Bill Davis,
Charlie Dameron, Chuck Doan, Ted Edgell, Jim Ellis,
Gil Flores, Tom Frank,
Don Gage, Larry Grant, Travis Handschug, Doug
Kevin Hjermstad, Bob Hough, Craig Huddleston, Darryl
Curt Johnson, Jake Johnson, Ted Johnson, Marty Jones,
Brian Knott, Jerry Lawrence, Phil Lebow, Lloyd
Lehrer, Jeff McKee,
Mike Miller, Pete Nazarian, Ken Neighbarger, Russell
Don Railton, Doug Ramos, Mario Rapinett, Russ Reinberg,
Marc Reusser, Rob Robinson, Ray Sadler,
Bob Sandel, Randy Scott, George Taylor,
Dennis Tebo, Tommy Thomas, Yoshi Ueda, Hubert Wetekamp,
Jim Wilke, Juan Carlos Zuloaga