Fall S Fest

The annual Fall S Fest is a gathering of American Flyer, hi-rail, scale, and narrow-gauge modelers. It is held for several days, and offers how-to clinics, contests, vendors, local tours, etc. The event is hosted by one of these clubs: the Badgerland S Gaugers, the Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers, the State-Line S Gaugers, the American Flyer S Gaugers of St. Louis.

The Fall S Fest was created by Peter Jugle and his brother Andrew (both NASG members), along with a couple of other guys. Peter passed away in 1992.

Even though the NASG is not directly involved with Fall S Fests, we still wanted to have a page dedicated to this annual meeting. If you want to stay up on the latest related to this show, bookmark this page.

2019

Location:
St. Louis, MO
Organizers:
American Flyer S Gaugers of St. Louis
Event Web Site:
visit web site
Event Car:

Lionel Budweiser Reefer

2018

Location:
Orland Park, IL
Organizers:
Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers
Event Web Site:
visit web site
Event Car:

American Models IC Insulated Box Car

American Models IC Covered Gondola

Rich Gajnak has a report of the show on the OGR forum.

2017

Location:
Janesville, WI
Organizers:
State-Line S Gaugers
Event Web Site:
visit web site
Registrations:
under 300
Event Car:

American Models CB&Q Insulated Box Car (single or 3-car set)
Best-of-show:

Bob Frascella's D&H Locomotive

Jeff Madden wrote a brief report of the show in the January 2018 issue of the NASG's Dispatch, which includes a number of photos taken at the event.

"Rusty Traque" shares photos and a description of the show.

2016

Location:
Oconomowoc, WI
Organizers:
Badgerland S Gaugers
Event Web Site:
visit web site
Registrations:
408
Event Car:

MTH Sprecher Brewing Reefer

MTH Sprecher Brewing Reefer
Best-of-show:

John Mann's scratchbuilt CB&Q turntable bridge

A review by Glenn Guerra can be found in the December 2016 issue of The S Scale Resource. Jeff Madden did a report of the show in the March 2017 issue of the NASG's Dispatch. The MTH cars finally arrived in February 2019.

2015

Location:
St. Louis, MO
Organizers:
American Flyer S Gaugers of St. Louis
Registrations:
328
Event Car:

Lionel SHPX Tank Car

There are photos by Bob Nicholson in the December 2015 issue of the S Scale Resource magazine. The March 2016 issue of the NASG's Dispatch has a report by Jeff Madden with many photos.

2014

Location:
Lombard, IL
Organizers:
Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers
Event Web Site:
visit web site
Registrations:
under 400
Event Car:

American Models C&NW Covered Hoppers

Tom Barker was the banquet guest speaker. The car may still be for sale by the club. The January 2015 issue of the NASG's Dispatch has a report by Jeff Madden with several photos.

2013

Location:
Janesville, WI
Organizers:
State-Line S Gaugers
Registrations:
322
Event Car:

Pikesville Models CGW Tank Car

Pikesville Models CGW Tank Car

The February 2014 issue of the NASG's Dispatch has a report by Jeff Madden with several photos.

2012

Location:
Waukesha, WI
Organizers:
Badgerland S Gaugers
Registrations:
under 500
Event Car:

SOO Line Gondola

The December 2012 issue of the NASG's Dispatch has several photos and a report on the event.

2011

Location:
St. Louis, MO
Organizers:
American Flyer S Gaugers of St. Louis
Registrations:
under 500
Event Car:

Lionel CNW Safety & Generator Car

CB&Q TOFC with Trailer

A brief summary and some photos appeared in the January 2012 issue of the S Gaugian magazine. Included a bus tour to historic St. Charles, Missouri. The December 2011 issue of the NASG's Dispatch has several photos on page 25, and a detailed report starting on page 27.

2010

Location:
Tinley Park, IL
Organizers:
Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers
Registrations:
497
Event Car:

Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Box Car

Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Box Car

The December 2010 issue of the NASG's Dispatch has a report with several photos.

2009

Location:
Rockford, IL
Organizers:
State-Line S Gaugers
Event Car:

American Models Rock Island Box Car

American Models Rock Island Box Cars

The December 2009 issue of the NASG's Dispatch has a report with several photos.

2008

Location:
Milwaukee, WI
Organizers:
Badgerland S Gaugers
Registrations:
573
Event Car:

S-Helper Service Weber Beer Reefer
Best-of-show:

John Griffin's Schnabel Car
(photo © Bob Werre)

The December 2008 issue of the NASG's Dispatch has a report with several photos.

2007

Location:
St. Louis, MO
Organizers:
American Flyer S Gaugers of St. Louis
Registrations:
over 600
Event Car:

Lionel UP Generator Car

American Models Flat Car with Trailer

The December 2007 issue of the NASG's Dispatch has a report with many photos.

2006

Location:
Tinley Park, IL
Organizers:
Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers
Event Car:

Box Car (unidentified)

Tonkin Mack CJ
(photo © Carl McAbee)

The vehicle may still be for sale by the club.

2005

Location:
Beloit, WI
Organizers:
State-Line S Gaugers
Registrations:
390
Event Car:

Port Lines Hobby Supplies UP Flat Car with Trailers

The December 2005 issue of the NASG's Dispatch has a brief report about the show on page 12.

2004

Location:
Waukesha, WI
Organizers:
Badgerland S Gaugers
Registrations:
373
Event Car:

S-Helper Service MILW Reefer

The December 2004 issue of the NASG's Dispatch has a report about the show. The March 2005 issue of the S Gaugian has two overall photos of the vendor area.

2003

Location:
St. Louis, MO
Organizers:
American Flyer S Gaugers of St. Louis
Registrations:
under 400
Event Car:

S-Helper Service TOFC, C&NW Trailers (photo © Gary H. Brandenburger)

There are some photos of the event in the March 2014 issue of the S Gaugian magazine. A personal report of the event can be found on page 28 of the October 2003 issue of the NASG's Dispatch. A few photos are shown in the December 2003 issue of the NASG's Dispatch.

2002

Location:
Tinley Park, IL
Organizers:
Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers
Event Car:

S-Helper Service Reefer

A few photos are shown in the December 2002 issue of the NASG's Dispatch. A personal report about the show can be found on page 25 of that issue.

2001

Location:
Beloit, WI
Organizers:
State-Line S Gaugers
Event Car:

S-Helper Service CGW PS-1 40' Box Car

A page of photos taken at the event can be seen in the July 2002 issue of the S Gaugian magazine.

2000

Location:
Waukesha, WI
Organizers:
Badgerland S Gaugers
Registrations:
521
Event Car:

Crown Models Reefer (7 road numbers) (photo © Mac McGrath)

25th anniversary of both the club and the show itself. Held at the Waukesha County Exposition Center, rather than the hotel.

1999

Location:
Westport, MO
Organizers:
American Flyer S Gaugers of St. Louis
Registrations:
725
Event Car:

Lionel Monsanto Three-bay Hopper (photo © Mark Gaddy)

A report can be found in the December 1999 issue of the NASG Dispatch.

1998

Location:
Matteson, IL
Organizers:
Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers
Event Car:

American Hi-Rail E8

1997

Location:
South Beloit, IL
Organizers:
State-Line S Gaugers
Registrations:
520
Event Car:

Downs Flat Car with various tractor loads (photo © Dave Pippitt)

Instrument Design Passenger Car (photo © Jeff Madden)

A report can be found in the February 1998 issue of the NASG Dispatch.

1996

Location:
Milwaukee, WI
Organizers:
Badgerland S Gaugers
Registrations:
over 400
Event Car:

Instrument Design Passenger Car (photo © Jeff Madden)

The show was reviewed in the June 1997 issue of the S/Sn3 Modeling Guide magazine, which includes a couple of photos.

1995

Location:
Collinsville, IL
Organizers:
American Flyer S Gaugers of St. Louis
Registrations:
685
Event Car:

Lionel Monsanto Tank Car

Instrument Design Passenger Car (photo © Jeff Madden)

Also mentioned that the Pacific Car Shops MStL 40' Box Car was a show car.

1994

Location:
Matteson, IL
Organizers:
Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers
Registrations:
over 350
Event Car:

Crown Model Products URTX Reefer (photo © Dale Minard)

Instrument Design Passenger Car (photo © Jeff Madden)

A report with a few photos appeared in the December 1994 issue of the S/Sn3 Buyers' Guide magazine.

1993

Location:
South Beloit, IL
Organizers:
State-Line S Gaugers
Event Car:

Instrument Design Passenger Car (photo © Jeff Madden)

1992

Location:
Elk Grove Village, IL
Organizers:
Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers
Registrations:
under 300
Event Car:

Instrument Design Passenger Car (photo © Jeff Madden)

Pete Mihelich wrote a report in the February 1993 issue of the NASG Dispatch.

1991

Location:
Milwaukee, WI
Organizers:
Badgerland S Gaugers
Event Car:

Instrument Design Passenger Car (photo © Jeff Madden)

1990

Location:
South Beloit, IL
Organizers:
State-Line S Gaugers
Registrations:
over 130
Event Car:

K-Line Box Car (photo © Chuck Porter)
Best-of-show:

Structure by John Mann

Pete Mihelich wrote a report in the December 1990 issue of the NASG Dispatch.

1989

Organizers:
Badgerland S Gaugers
Event Car:

K-Line Stock Car (photo © Chuck Porter)

1988

Organizers:
Badgerland S Gaugers
Event Car:

custom-painted AF Reefer (body only) (photo © Mark Gaddy)

1987

Location:
Chicago, IL
Organizers:
Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers
Event Car:

K-Line Three-dome Tank Car (photo © Chuck Porter)

1986

Location:
South Beloit, IL
Organizers:
State-Line S Gaugers
Registrations:
221
Event Car:

custom-painted AF Gondola with Load (body only) (photo © Chuck Porter)
Best-of-show:

Tank Farm by Dick Kloes

The first one hosted by the State-Line S Gaugers.

1985

Organizers:
Badgerland S Gaugers
Event Car:

custom-painted AF Gondola with Load (body only) (photo © Chuck Porter)

1984

Organizers:
Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers
Event Car:

custom-painted AF Flat Car (body only) (photo © Ted Hamler)

custom-painted AF Flat Car (body only) (photo © Ted Hamler)

1983

Organizers:
Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers
Event Car:

custom-painted AF Flat Car (body only) (photo © Mark Gaddy)

1982

Organizers:
Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers
Event Car:

custom-painted AF Tender (body only) (photo © Chuck Porter)

1981

Organizers:
Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers
Event Car:

custom-painted AF Box Car (body only) (photo © Mark Gaddy)

1980

Organizers:
Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers
Event Car:

custom-painted AF Box Car (body only) (photo © Mark Gaddy)

1979

Organizers:
Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers
Event Car:

custom-painted AF Hopper (body only) (photo © Chuck Porter)

custom-painted AF Tank Car (body had to be donated first) (photo © Chuck Porter)

1978

Organizers:
Badgerland S Gaugers
Event Car:

custom-painted AF Caboose (body only) (photo © Glenn Sarlitto)

1977

Organizers:
Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers
Event Car:

custom-painted AF Box Car (body only) (photo © Chuck Porter)

1976

Location:
Northlake, IL
Organizers:
Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers
Event Car:

custom-painted AF Hopper (body only) (photo © Glenn Sarlitto)

The first show, due to the success the CASG had after hosting the 1975 NASG Convention.

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