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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.

2021

Location:

Milwaukee, WI

Organized By:

Badgerland S Gaugers

Web Site:

visit

Notes:

The 2020 Fall S Fest was cancelled/postponed until 2021. It will be held from November 5th through November 7th at the Four Points by Sheridan, 5311 S. Howell, Milwaukee WI 53207.


Event Car: Milw Rd Hopper (orange)

Event Car: Milw Rd Hopper (gray)

2019

Location:

St. Louis, MO

Organized By:

American Flyer S Gaugers of St. Louis

Web Site:

visit

Notes:

A report on this show is covered on page 34 of the January 2020 issue of the Dispatch.


Event Car: Lionel Budweiser Reefer

2018

Location:

Orland Park, IL

Organized By:

Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers

Web Site:

visit

Notes:

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


Event Car: American Models IC Insulated Box Car

Event Car: American Models IC Covered Gondola

2017

Location:

Janesville, WI

Organized By:

State-Line S Gaugers

Registrations:

under 300

Link:

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

Notes:

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.


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

2016

Location:

Oconomowoc, WI

Organized By:

Badgerland S Gaugers

Registrations:

408

Notes:

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.


Event Car: MTH Sprecher Brewing Reefer

Event Car: MTH Sprecher Brewing Reefer

2015

Location:

St. Louis, MO

Organized By:

American Flyer S Gaugers of St. Louis

Registrations:

328

Notes:

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.


Event Car: Lionel SHPX Tank Car

2014

Location:

Lombard, IL

Organized By:

Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers

Web Site:

visit

Registrations:

under 400

Notes:

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.


Event Car: American Models C&NW Covered Hoppers

2013

Location:

Janesville, WI

Organized By:

State-Line S Gaugers

Registrations:

322

Notes:

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


Event Car: Pikesville Models CGW Tank Car

Event Car: Pikesville Models CGW Tank Car

2012

Location:

Waukesha, WI

Organized By:

Badgerland S Gaugers

Registrations:

under 500

Link:

A tour of the activities

Link:

Prototype visits as part of the event

Notes:

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


Event Car: SOO Line Gondola

2011

Location:

St. Louis, MO

Organized By:

American Flyer S Gaugers of St. Louis

Registrations:

under 500

Notes:

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.


Event Car: Lionel CNW Safety & Generator Car

Event Car: CB&Q TOFC with Trailer

2010

Location:

Tinley Park, IL

Organized By:

Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers

Registrations:

497

Notes:

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


Event Car: Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Box Car

Event Car: Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Box Car

2009

Location:

Rockford, IL

Organized By:

State-Line S Gaugers

Notes:

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


Event Car: American Models Rock Island Box Car

Event Car: American Models Rock Island Box Cars

2008

Location:

Milwaukee, WI

Organized By:

Badgerland S Gaugers

Registrations:

573

Notes:

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


Event Car: S-Helper Service Weber Beer Reefer

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

2007

Location:

St. Louis, MO

Organized By:

American Flyer S Gaugers of St. Louis

Registrations:

over 600

Notes:

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


Event Car: Lionel UP Generator Car

Event Car: American Models Flat Car with Trailer

2006

Location:

Tinley Park, IL

Organized By:

Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers

Notes:

The vehicle may still be for sale by the club.


Event Car: Box Car (unidentified)

Event Car: Tonkin Mack CJ
(photo © Carl McAbee)

2005

Location:

Beloit, WI

Organized By:

State-Line S Gaugers

Registrations:

390

Notes:

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


Event Car: Port Lines Hobby Supplies UP Flat Car with Trailers

2004

Location:

Waukesha, WI

Organized By:

Badgerland S Gaugers

Registrations:

373

Notes:

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.


Event Car: S-Helper Service MILW Reefer

2003

Location:

St. Louis, MO

Organized By:

American Flyer S Gaugers of St. Louis

Registrations:

under 400

Notes:

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.


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

2002

Location:

Tinley Park, IL

Organized By:

Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers

Notes:

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.


Event Car: S-Helper Service Reefer

2001

Location:

Beloit, WI

Organized By:

State-Line S Gaugers

Notes:

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


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

2000

Location:

Waukesha, WI

Organized By:

Badgerland S Gaugers

Registrations:

521

Notes:

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


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

1999

Location:

Westport, MO

Organized By:

American Flyer S Gaugers of St. Louis

Registrations:

725

Notes:

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


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

1998

Location:

Matteson, IL

Organized By:

Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers


Event Car: American Hi-Rail E8

1997

Location:

South Beloit, IL

Organized By:

State-Line S Gaugers

Registrations:

520

Notes:

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


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

Event Car: Instrument Design Passenger Car (photo © Jeff Madden)

1996

Location:

Milwaukee, WI

Organized By:

Badgerland S Gaugers

Registrations:

over 400

Notes:

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


Event Car: Instrument Design Passenger Car (photo © Jeff Madden)

1995

Location:

Collinsville, IL

Organized By:

American Flyer S Gaugers of St. Louis

Registrations:

685

Notes:

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


Event Car: Lionel Monsanto Tank Car

Event Car: Instrument Design Passenger Car (photo © Jeff Madden)

1994

Location:

Matteson, IL

Organized By:

Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers

Registrations:

over 350

Notes:

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


Event Car: Crown Model Products URTX Reefer (photo © Dale Minard)

Event Car: Instrument Design Passenger Car (photo © Jeff Madden)

1993

Location:

South Beloit, IL

Organized By:

State-Line S Gaugers


Event Car: Instrument Design Passenger Car (photo © Jeff Madden)

1992

Location:

Elk Grove Village, IL

Organized By:

Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers

Registrations:

under 300

Notes:

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


Event Car: Instrument Design Passenger Car (photo © Jeff Madden)

1991

Location:

Milwaukee, WI

Organized By:

Badgerland S Gaugers


Event Car: Instrument Design Passenger Car (photo © Jeff Madden)

1990

Location:

South Beloit, IL

Organized By:

State-Line S Gaugers

Registrations:

over 130

Notes:

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


Event Car: K-Line Box Car (photo © Chuck Porter)

1989

Organized By:

Badgerland S Gaugers


Event Car: K-Line Stock Car (photo © Chuck Porter)

1988

Location:

Wauwatosa, WI

Organized By:

Badgerland S Gaugers


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

1987

Location:

Chicago, IL

Organized By:

Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers


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

1986

Location:

South Beloit, IL

Organized By:

State-Line S Gaugers

Registrations:

221

Notes:

The first one hosted by the State-Line S Gaugers. A review of the event, by Vera Geerts, appears in the December 1986 issue of the S Gauge Herald magazine.


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

1985

Organized By:

Badgerland S Gaugers


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

1984

Organized By:

Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers


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

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

1983

Organized By:

Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers


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

1982

Organized By:

Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers


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

1981

Organized By:

Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers


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

1980

Organized By:

Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers


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

1979

Location:

Chicago, IL

Organized By:

Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers


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

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

Notes:

A report on this show is covered on page 3 of the December 1979 issue of the Dispatch.

1978

Organized By:

Badgerland S Gaugers


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

1977

Organized By:

Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers


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

1976

Location:

Northlake, IL

Organized By:

Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers

Notes:

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


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