O Scale - S Scale - Narrow Gauge West

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.

2019

Location:
Santa Clara, CA
Event Web Site:
visit web site

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.

2018

Location:
Santa Clara, CA

2017

Location:
Santa Clara, CA

2016

Location:
Santa Clara, CA
Organizers:
Bay Area S Scalers

"S West 11".

2015

Location:
Santa Clara, CA
Organizers:
Bay Area S Scalers
Event Car:
SHS SP Box Car

"S West 10".

2014

Location:
Santa Clara, CA
Organizers:
Bay Area S Scalers

"S West 9".

Contest Model Photos

Video includes Bay Area S Scalers layout

2013

Location:
Santa Clara, CA
Organizers:
Bay Area S Scalers

"S West 8".

Contest Model Photos

2012

Location:
Santa Clara, CA
Organizers:
Bay Area S Scalers
Event Car:
PRS WP Box Car

"S West 7".

Contest Model Photos

2011

Location:
Santa Clara, CA
Organizers:
Bay Area S Scalers
Event Car:
SHS SP 40' Box Car

"S West 6". This was a joint convention with the NRMA's national convention.

Contest Model Photos

2010

Location:
Santa Clara, CA
Organizers:
Bay Area S Scalers
Event Car:
SHS SP 40' Box Car

Held in conjunction with the O-scale National Convention.

Contest Model Photos

2009

Location:
Santa Clara, CA
Organizers:
Bay Area S Scalers
Event Car:
Wiseman SP 40' Flat Car Kit

Contest Model Photos

2008

Location:
Santa Clara, CA
Organizers:
Bay Area S Scalers
Event Car:
SHS NWP Box Car

Arden Goehring's layout was open for the tour.

Contest Model Photos

2007

Location:
Santa Clara, CA
Organizers:
Bay Area S Scalers
Registrations:
200+
Event Car:
PRS PFE Refrigerator

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.

Contest Model Photos

2006

Location:
San Mateo, CA
Organizers:
Bay Area S Scalers
Event Car:
PRS PFE Refrigerator

This was called "O Scale West Plus S".

Contest Model Photos

2004

Location:
Portland, OR
Organizers:
Bay Area S Scalers

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.

2002

Location:
Stockton, CA
Organizers:
Bay Area S Scalers, Sacramento Valley American Flyer

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.

1998

Location:
Coeur d'Alene, ID
Organizers:
Inland Empire S Gauge Assn, Rocky Mountain Hi-Railers, Northwest S Scalers
Event Car:
AF GN Gondola

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.

1997

Location:
San Mateo, CA
Organizers:
Bay Area S Scalers
Registrations:
35
Event Car:
PRS 40' SP Express Box Car

This was called "S-West II". Held in conjunction with the O Scale West show. Among the layouts open was Ed Loizeaux'.

1995

Location:
Palo Alto, CA
Organizers:
Bay Area S Scalers
Event Car:
PRS WP Box Car

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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