We near the end of 2016, so manufacturers are already busy preparing their new items for 2017. Of course, G Scale News will keep you updated on those new item announcements by publishing the news on the homepage. There will also be a comprehensive overview of new items on the special “New Items 2017” page. You can find it here: New Items 2017.
For many years I have been doing it like that, so there was quite a large archive of new item announcements. I had them on the site for a long time already, but the “New Items Archive” was in desperate need of an overhaul. So in the past few weeks, I have completely rebuilt the archive. The archive now consists of new item announcements from various manufacturers between 2006 and 2016. The older years are far from complete, as a lot of the original promotion materials aren’t available anymore.
For mobile users with a limited data plan, I have listed the file size of every PDF file in the archive. This way, you can decide if you want to view the file or not without wasting too much MB’s. Some of the resources are available in German only, so I have labelled those files as such using [DE] tags.
View the updated archive here: New Items Archive.
Note: several pages in the archive still have missing product descriptions, this is intentional. I need to update several product descriptions in the Product Databases as well. Once I’ve finished that, I can copy and paste the descriptions into the New Item Archive to avoid doing the same thing twice.
Enjoy your trip through G scale history!
We all know the big manufacturers, but most of the smaller manufacturers are much less known. Some of them offer amazing stuff, but not many people know about them, which is a shame!
In this series, I will put the spotlight on some of those lesser known manufacturers. Long time readers of GSN might recall this series from the past, but I thought it would be nice to have the series return!
So which companies will you see here? Could be any company! It could be a small company from Europe that I think Americans should know about, or vice versa. It could be a company specializing on a single product, that I think everyone should know about because it’s a great product.
GSN is visited by people from all over the world (Visitor Stats), so you may not always be interested in each company. A small manufacturer from Germany probably won’t have their website available in English, so the English speaking population might not think it’s useful. But for all the Germans visiting the site, it might be! So sometimes it may be useful to you, sometimes not.
For the first posts in the series, I’m looking for small companies myself. The idea is to have you guys recommending me small companies that I should check out in the future. I will enable comments on these posts, so you can post your suggestions there. You may also send me an email of course, or you may send your suggestions on the GSN Facebook page.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve made many small tweaks to the website. Here’s an overview:
The website theme I was using, worked pretty well on all devices. On desktop it works fine, and browsing the website on mobile or tablet is a pleasant experience as well. However, I did not like the huge white spaces all over the page (especially on desktop), and I sought to reduce this ‘wasted’ space on the screen. The header and menu elements are closer to eachother, and white space has been removed in other areas as well. The website feels a bit more ‘compact’ now on both desktop and mobile. There is still some work to be done.
CATEGORIES & TAGS
I’ve added support for ‘Categories’ and ‘Tags’, which are now both added to the sidebar for easy access. Categories are what the posts are about (e.g. Rolling Stock, Electronics), tags show which brands are mentioned in the post (e.g. LGB, USA Trains), which railway companies are mentioned (e.g. D&RGW, DB, RhB) etc. The tags are just a test, your feedback is welcome (as always).
A few years ago, I started publishing some of the English content in a separate German section as I noticed a lot of Germans visited my site. I translated several pages of the G Scale Info section, provided the ‘New Items Archive‘ in German, and some of the Product Databases were available in German as well.
Statistics showed the German pages were barely used, so I decided to remove those pages and focus all my efforts on the English site (which is, and always has been, my priority). People who may have the German pages bookmarked, are automatically redirected to the corresponding English page to avoid getting a 404 error.
The PIKO G and POLA G ‘Service’ sections with manuals and parts lists have been updated with 2015 models.
In the past few weeks, I have added some new content to the website. Here’s an overview of the new pages:
– Remote Uncouplers
– Track Power Clamps
– How To Turn R1 Curves Into Straight Track
– G Scale?
– Review: Massoth 8101200 Rolling Road
– Review: Massoth 8431001 Automatic Shuttle
Nothing very exciting, but I think these roundups and guides can be useful to people who are new G scale. In the next update, there will be more content about DCC/Digital, as I recently purchased a digital system. It’s all very new to me, so lots of stuff to learn…
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