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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".

2022

Location:

Santa Clara, CA

Web Site:

visit

Notes:

Scheduled for May 27 through 29, 2022.

2021

Location:

Santa Clara, CA

Notes:

Canceled due to corona virus lockdown.

2020

Location:

Santa Clara, CA

Notes:

Canceled due to corona virus lockdown.

2019

Location:

Santa Clara, CA

Notes:

Special O- and S-scale SP Interlocking Tower structure kits available during and after the event (manufactured by S-scale modeler Michael Eldridge's Sandy Point Models company).

Photos taken at the event can be found in the June 2019 issue of the S Scale Resource magazine, starting on page 74.


Event Model: SP Interlocking Tower

2018

Location:

Santa Clara, CA

2017

Location:

Santa Clara, CA

2016

Location:

Santa Clara, CA

Organized By:

Bay Area S Scalers

Notes:

"S West 11".

2015

Location:

Santa Clara, CA

Organized By:

Bay Area S Scalers

Notes:

"S West 10".

2014

Location:

Santa Clara, CA

Organized By:

Bay Area S Scalers

Link:

Contest Model Photos

Link:

Video includes Bay Area S Scalers layout

Notes:

"S West 9".

2013

Location:

Santa Clara, CA

Organized By:

Bay Area S Scalers

Link:

Contest Model Photos

Notes:

"S West 8".

2012

Location:

Santa Clara, CA

Organized By:

Bay Area S Scalers

Link:

Contest Model Photos

Notes:

"S West 7".


Event Car: SHS SP Box Car

2011

Location:

Santa Clara, CA

Organized By:

Bay Area S Scalers

Link:

Contest Model Photos

Notes:

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

2010

Location:

Santa Clara, CA

Organized By:

Bay Area S Scalers

Link:

Contest Model Photos

Notes:

Held in conjunction with the O-scale National Convention.

2009

Location:

Santa Clara, CA

Organized By:

Bay Area S Scalers

Link:

Contest Model Photos

Notes:

The two cars were produced by Wiseman Model Services and sold through Howard'S Trains.

2008

Location:

Santa Clara, CA

Organized By:

Bay Area S Scalers

Link:

Contest Model Photos

Notes:

Arden Goehring's layout was open for the tour.

2007

Location:

Santa Clara, CA

Organized By:

Bay Area S Scalers

Registrations:

200+

Link:

Contest Model Photos

Notes:

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.

2006

Location:

San Mateo, CA

Organized By:

Bay Area S Scalers

Link:

Contest Model Photos

Notes:

This was called "O Scale West Plus S".

2004

Location:

Portland, OR

Organized By:

Bay Area S Scalers

Notes:

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

Organized By:

Bay Area S Scalers, Sacramento Valley American Flyer

Notes:

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

Organized By:

Inland Empire S Gauge Assn, Rocky Mountain Hi-Railers, Northwest S Scalers

Notes:

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

Organized By:

Bay Area S Scalers

Registrations:

35

Notes:

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

Organized By:

Bay Area S Scalers

Notes:

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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