IMPORTANT! NO MORE HARD COPY LAYOUT MAPS AND NEWSLETTERS!
If you have attended previous O Scale West meets, you received could pick it up the layout visits map packet which contains the layout visits schedule and maps to the layouts.
You also received newsletters in the Spring that wrapped up the previous meet, and in the fall a newsletter that described the upcoming meet. Both newsletters included a registration form for the upcoming meet.
The map packet will no longer be provided!
Newsletters will no longer be mailed, they can be downloaded from this web site. A registration form will be mailed in the months before the upcoming meet!
In place of the hard copy (paper) layout map packets OSW will provide at the meet a single sheet of paper that lists all the open layouts, the days and hours they are open, and their address.
NO HARDCOPY (PAPER) MAPS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT O SCALE WEST!
In liew of a paper map, you must use a road navigation GPS which you have to provide. To get to the layouts, you will have to enter the address of the layout that is on the sheet of paper provided by OSW into your road navigation GPS so the GPS can direct to that address.
As before, to help you plan your layout visits in advance of arriving at OSW, this web site be updated before the meet to show which layouts are open on which days, but without the address information.
Call Rod see Contact if you have any questions.
WHAT IS O SCALE WEST?
OSW is a gathering of those who are interested in scale model railroading using two scales, one is O which is 1/48 size, and and the other is S which is 1/64 size.
Compared to O gauge toy trains such as Lionel, 2-rail O scale trains are accurately proportioned, are finely detailed including wheels and couplers closer, and in some cases, exact miniature reproductions of the real thing. All that fine detail means they can be fragile and must be handled carefully, e.g., they are adult toys, not children's toys (although many adults enjoy Lionel trains). 2-rail O scale models run on accurate 2-rail track like the real thing, not the 3-rail track used by Lionel.
The comparison of S scale toy trains to S gauge (American Flyer) trains is about the same as the comparison of 2-rail O scale trains to Lionel described above, except that both S scale and S gauge trains run on more accurate 2-rail track, but the rail size of S scale track is not oversize as is the rail on S gauge track.
At OSW you will find about 200 hotel-size tables containing O and S scale equipment (locomotives, cars, buildings, track) that is being sold by individuals and manufacturers, and in some cases, exhibited for the enjoyment of the attendees.
In addition to the manufacturer's displays and items for sale mentioned directly above, OSW also offers a slate of clinics, many very craft-oriented, some of which are repeated to give folks a chance to attend all clinics of interest.
OSW also includes free drive yourself tours of home and club layouts. The number of layouts varies from year to year, with 30 being a good estimate. Some layouts are S scale, and some are world-class HO scale layouts that are well known from articles about them in the model railroading press.
PHOTOS OF THE MEET DISPLAY AND SALES AREA
To view photos of the 2012 meet sales and display area CLICK HERE. These photos are typical of the OSW meets.
The photos are about 100K in size, so the page should load without too much delay if you have a fast connection to the Internet. If your connection is slow, you might want to go get a cup of coffee while the page is downloading.
Want to learn more about 2-rail O scale? Visit the O Scale Kings website.