The annual O Scale West / S West show is focused on two-rail O-scale and S-scale modelers who are interested in more true-to-scale modeling (no AF or three-rail models shown). However, anyone is welcome to attend. The shows are held for several days in California. They include vendors, how-to clinics, contests, operating display layouts, individual seller tables, and local layout tours (self-drive).
Even though the NASG is not directly involved with O Scale West / S West shows, we still wanted to have a page dedicated to this annual meeting.
From an S-scale perspective, this show started in 1995 because west coast modelers wanted to have something similar to the Fall S Fest and Spring Spree. The "S-West" multi-day convention was created. Some were held in conjunction with the O Scale West event, and some were stand-alone. Starting in 2006, the O Scale West and the Bay Area S Scalers (who were the dominant force behind the S-West events), decided to combine their efforts, and it became the annual O Scale West / S West show. Please note that the external links include O-scale models photos; not everything is S-scale. Starting in 2019 their name changed to "O Scale - S Scale - Narrow Gauge West".
May 23 to 25, 2019. Special O- and S-scale SP Interlocking Tower structure kits available ($50, includes tax) as part of this event (manufactured by S-scale modeler Michael Eldridge). S-scale Friends Dinner is to be held at the El Torito restaurant at 477 East Calaveras, Milpitas, CA at 5:30pm (paid reservation is required; contact Michael Eldridge). A special diorama contest will be held at this event, requiring the creative combination of diecast vehicles, farm equipment, and model trains (O-scale modelers may use vehicles from 1:43 through 1:50 scale). Visit the web site for hotel information. Sunday and Monday, May 26 & 27, several more layouts are open, some several hours away from the venue.
"S West 11".
"S West 10".
"S West 9".
"S West 8".
"S West 7".
"S West 6". This was a joint convention with the NRMA's national convention.
Held in conjunction with the O-scale National Convention.
Arden Goehring's layout was open for the tour.
Starting this year, the Bay Area S Scalers and the O Scale West groups combined their efforts to create this annual show. A report about the show with several photos can be found on page 10 of the April 2007 issue of the NASG's Dispatch.
This was called "O Scale West Plus S".
Lee Johnson and Joe Visintine took the Bay Area S Scalers' modular layout up to the national NMRA convention in Seattle. After that, they set up a "S West" show the following weekend.
This was called "S-West IV". Private home layouts included that of Arden Goehring, and the layout of Vic Cherven Sr. and Vic Cherven Jr.'s (this layout was started by the father-son team in 1987). A personal report about the show can be found on page 24 of the December 2002 issue of the NASG's Dispatch.
This was called "S-West III". Spearheaded by Gil Hulin, to focus on visiting Jess Bennett's layout. Also, Ernie Horr and Ron Tilton were open for layout visits.
This was called "S-West II". Held in conjunction with the O Scale West show. Among the layouts open was Ed Loizeaux'.
It was called the S West then, and it was held in conjunction with the NMRA's Pacific Coast Region annual convention. There were 3 operating layouts at the show, and 4 S-scale layouts on tour. Read more about this in the August 1995 issue of S/Sn3 Modeling Guide.
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