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                                                                                                                         Vol. 23 #2                          THE WESTERN O SCALER                                                                    June 2013
876 Boyce Avenue
                                                                                                                                                  THE WESTERN O SCALER                                      creasing the door prize pool at future OSW meets. I’m
Palo Alto, CA 94301-3003
                                                                                                                        This is the newsletter of O Scale West (OSW). It is published twice a year by the
                                                                                                                        OSW committee as a way of keeping O Scalers informed about the meets. The           pleased to report that the door prize program is back in
                                                                                                                        June issue is sent to those who attended February’s O Scale West; the October       full swing, with the only problem being that, true to tra-
                                                                                                                        issue is sent to those who attended either the February meet or the previous
                                                                                                                        meet, to manufacturers who may wish to display their products at O Scale            dition, many folks who win a door prize don’t claim it.
                                                                                                                        West, and to hobby publications. Web site: www.oscalewest.com                       We announce prize winner frequently, so listen to see if
                                                                                                                                                                                                            your registration number is called.
                                                     Please Forward                                                                     Chairman’s Comments
                                                                                                                        [This newsletter goes to all who attended the 2013 O                                Thank you! to all who supported us by staying in the
                                                                                                                        Scale West (hereafter OSW).]                                                        hotel. For OSW attendees who live nearby and stay at
                                                                                                                                                                                                            home, you all owe a big Thank You! to the attendees
                                                                                                                        You all did it again. OSW 2013 was another great meet!
                                                                                                                                                                                                            who stay in the hotel, allowing us to keep our meet fees
                                                                                                                        Attendance, was a little lower than the 2012 meet, pos-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            as low as they are. However, since we barely made our
                                                                                                                        sibly because the 2012 meet set a record for attendance.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            2013 room night commitment for the hotel, we’ve re-
                                                                                                                        Thank You! to all of you who made the 2013 meet possi-                              duced the 2014 room night goal. This increased our cost
                                                                                                                        ble: you who attended, those of you who rented tables,                              for the facility, forcing us to raise prices by $5. If you
                                                                                                                        those of you who brought portable layouts, those of you                             normally stay in the hotel, please continue to do so - we
                                                                                                                        who opened your layout for visiting, those of you who                               need you!
                                                                                                                        entered the contests, and the 2013 meet organizing com-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            I see on eBay lots of auctions where the seller’s location
                                                                                                                        mittee.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            is west of the Rockies. They may not know about OSW.
                                                                                                                        The committee comprises the following volunteers:
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Let’s get those sellers to OSW! When you see an auction
                                                                                                                        Chairman:                Rod Miller
                                                                                                                                                                                                            where the seller’s location is west of the Rockies, send
                                                                                                                        Assistant Chairman:      Bob Plageman
                                                                                                                                                                                                            them a note via the Ask a Question link letting them
                                                                                                                        Audio-Visual Support: Chris Lee
                                                                                                                                                                                                            know about OSW, where they don’t have to ship items
                                                                                                                        Ballroom Layout:         Niel Chichizola, Bob Plage-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            they sell, and they are paid the full amount (no Paypal
                                                                                                                                                    man, and Curley Bellaver
                                                                                                                                                                                                            fees) on the spot.
                                                                                                                        Clinics:                 John Houlihan
                                                                                                                        Company Store:           Errol Spangler, Tim Diebert,                               We have to buy the badge holders. Please either return
                                                                                                                                                    Bob Bunch, and Bob Lindley                              your badge holder to the location provided in registra-
                  2013 Door Prize News                                  Estates/Collections Reminder                    Contest Entry Photos: Jim Ferreria                                                  tion when you leave, or bring it with you next year.
                 by Richard Hofmeister                     If you will be selling any collections or estates at OSW     Door Prizes:             Richard Hofmeister                                         Thank you.
 Those who donated prizes were:                            2014, we will be glad to put a notice in the Fall newslet-   Event Manager:           Bob Plageman
 Aztec Manufacturing                                                                                                                                                                                        Hooray! The 2014 and 2015 meets are scheduled for the
                                                           ter.                                                         Home Layout Visits:      Bob Dupont
 Clover House                                                                                                           Home Layout Maps:        Gary Schrader                                              first full weekend in February, meaning football games
                                                           Our publishing cycle requires that we hear from you by                                                                                           and other train meets won’t compete for your attention
 Evergreen Scale Models                                                                                                 Hotel Liaison:           Neil Chichizola and Bob
                                                           October 1st in order to do that.                                                                                                                 that weekend.
 Kadee                                                                                                                                              Plageman
 Micro Engineering                                                                                                      Media Design             Russ Clover
 Pentrex                                                                                                                Meet Car:                Errol Spangler                                             The 2014 O Scale West will be held at the Hyatt Regen-
 Red Cliffs Miniatures                                                                                                  Model and                Bo Liljeberg and James Bond,                               cy Santa Clara. Selling days are Friday and Saturday,
 RY Models                                                                                                                Photo Contests:        Glenn Erickson                                             Feb. 7 - 8. At this writing, we are considering closing
 San Juan Car Company                                                                                                   Movies:                  Gary Schrader                                              the ballroom Friday afternoon for layout visits, and
                                                                          Portable/Modular Layouts
 Weaver                                                                                                                 Newsletters:             Rod Miller                                                 re-opening in the evening for several hours; your
                                                           At the 2013 meet, we had four portable/modular lay-                                                                                              comments/suggestions on this are welcome!
 Woodland Scenics                                                                                                       Newsletter assemblers Committee
                                                           outs in operation on site. Neil Chichizola coordinated                                                                                           Individual/family registration is $30, $35 if post-
 Thank you! And if we missed anyone above, please let                                                                   On-Site Layouts:         Neil Chichizola
                                                           their being at the meet.                                                                                                                         marked after December 31, 2013.
 us know so we can acknowledge your donation.                                                                           Pre-registration:        Rod Miller
 Donating a door prize is a good way to get word of        In addition to enjoying the trains, one can learn by ask-                                                                                        Table rental is $40 per table, $45 per table if post-
                                                                                                                        Publicity:               Rod Miller
 mouth publicity for your product, so please consider      ing “how did you?” Operators usually will provide a                                                                                              marked after December 31, 2013.
                                                                                                                        Registration:            Dick Stark, Bob Bunch, and
 donating a door prize for the 2014 OSW. If you plan to    test run for that Locomotive You Can’t Live Without.                                                                                             Complete info will be provided in the Fall newsletter.
                                                                                                                                                    Tim Diebert
 donate a door prize for 2014, please contact me before    The layouts are:
                                                                                                                        S Scale Manager:         Lee Johnson                                                Last but not least, Thank You! to Tim Diebert and PARC
 the meet so I can plan awarding the prizes.               The nicely done On30 Yosemite Short Line layout.             Security:                Bob Plageman                                               for the donation of printing services for this newsletter
                                                           The Citrus Empire O Scalers’ portable 40 by 60 foot lay-                                                                                         and the enclosed registration form.
                2013 Meet Statistics                                                                                    The 2013 meet was our Twenty Third consecutive
                                                           out.
 The 2012 number is in parentheses.                                                                                     OSW!                                                                                Thanks for listening.
                                                           An S scale standard gauge modular layout featuring a                                                                                                Rod Miller 650-218-5752, fax 650-329-0423
 • 524 O and S attendees (570)                                                                                          Richard Hofmeister took on the door prize activity
                                                           double track main line and switching.                                                                                                               e-mail: inof@oscalewest.com
 • 204 O and S tables rented (211)                                                                                      which had been dormant for a few years. During the
                                                           The Golden Gate Lionel Club’s nicely done layout was                                                                                                web site: www.oscalewest.com
 • 31 home and club layouts open for visiting (35)                                                                      2012 meet he focused upon making himself known to
                                                           well received.
                                                                                                                        potential door prize contributors with the idea of in-

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       2013 Meet Contest Vote Prize Winners                  Prototype Color Photo:                                                               Movies                                                     Retirement
Sometimes transitions require more than one cycle to         1st: Chris Stark, Narrow Gauge & Pigs Shibanxi, China       Gary Schrader had taken over the movies, Thank You!                               by Rod Miller
catch everything. This year the contest folks didn’t         2nd: Edward Marsh, 3751 Outside Needles, CA                 Gary.                                                       As previously announced, I plan to retire as Chairman
draw a model and a photo contest ballot which would          3rd: Nelson Steinmetz, Rainy cold day Mt. Washington        Here is Gary’s description of what was shown at the         of OSW after the 25th OSW in 2015. The O Scale West
have been awarded the voting prizes. Our apologies.               Cog RR                                                 2013 meet:                                                  chair will be available for an individual (or group) to
                                                             3rd (tie): Pat La Torres, Working Dunsmuir                  1. 20 minutes of previously unpublished Santa Fe steam      take over. This column is to provide information and
                                                             Prototype Black and White Photo:                            and diesel footage. There was some very rare stuff like     encouragement to those who are thinking about the job.
      Favorite Model and Photo Contest Winners               1st: Pat La Torres, Valve Slide                             a cab ride in an E1 and the Valley Flyer and a 3450 class
                      by Bo Liljeberg                                                                                                                                                At the 2013 meet I gave a clinic on the “back office” of
                                                             Model Color Photo:                                          Hudson doing some street running in the East Bay.
If there is anything we can do to help you get contest en-                                                                                                                           OSW - the activities that go into putting on an OSW
                                                             1st: Dave Adams, C-19 209 & Crew                            2. 60 minutes of previously unpublished Southern Pa-
tries to OSW, please let us know. The 2013 meet contest                                                                                                                              meet. Several folks attended. In January a preliminary
                                                             2nd: Larry Kostka, North Shore Train                        cific steam action mostly in the SF Bay area. Extensive
included O and S scale entries.                                                                                                                                                      discussion on the possibility of combining OSW with
                                                             3rd: Nelson Steinmetz, Santa Fe & Western                   coverage of San Jose’s Lenzen St. roundhouse and some
                                                                                                                                                                                     another train meet occurred; we haven’t talked again to
                                                                  Maintenance Facility                                   rare scenes at the Santa Cruz depot were included.
Steam Locomotives:                                                                                                                                                                   date.
                                                             Model Black & White Photo:                                  3. 60 minutes of model video on Gary Schrader’s layout
1st Place: Bob Jarvis, UP 4-8-2, 7019                        No entries.                                                 showing some rare brass engines most people have            Perhaps some of you are thinking you’d like to take
2nd Place: Neil Chichizola, SP 4-10-2                                                                                    never seen run on any layout. These engines were mod-       over OSW, but you are concerned about the computer
Diesel Locomotives:                                          The Vargas brothers brought a display of the NYC            ified and finished for their owners by Gary. They in-       skills needed (which pretty basic, so no need to think
1st: Ron Mitchell, EMD GP30 839, 829, 812                    Grand Central terminal. It was very nice and we want        cluded a Key SP GS-1, a Kohs C&O H-8, and a Kohs            you need to be a computer scientist). Perhaps you are
2nd: Pat La Torres, Wooden box cab, Tower                    to say Thank You!                                           N&W Y6a. All were sound equipped and were pulling           thinking that if you don’t live in the San Francisco Bay
       Lumber Co 3                                                                                                       good sized trains.                                          Area, the amount of work to move the meet would be
3rd: Marty Campbell, GN EMD F7A & F7B                        All prize winners received a ribbon. Congratulations to      Some of this footage will be repeated at the 2014 meet.    great and there aren’t enough local layouts to have a
Electric Locomotives:                                        all of you! To all who entered, Thank You!                                                                              good layout visits schedule.
1st: Marty Campbell, GN Z1                                   Thanks to Jim Ferreria, photos of the model contest en-                                                                 I have a couple of thoughts for you:
Passenger Cars:                                                                                                                           Lost and Found Dept.
                                                             tries from 2013 through 2003 can be viewed at:                                                                          1. Work with family to operate the meet. A younger
1st: Bill Basden, Texas & Pacific Dining Car                 www.lafterhall.com/oswmodelphotos.html                      Found at the 2013 meet: 2 SD camera cards, a packet of
                                                                                                                                                                                     person who can be counted on to stick with it for several
2nd: Neil Chichizola, SP 60’ Baggage Car                                                                                 photos, a reefer car, and a diesel loco. The owners can
                                                                                                                                                                                     years might find the challenge and potential income to
3rd: Bob Plageman, SP Pullman Standard Dining Car                                 Meet Car News                          establish ownership by providing an accurate descrip-
                                                                                                                                                                                     be something of interest. That person might possess all
Freight Cars:                                                We are sold out of O scale meet cars. The S scale meet      tion of what they lost.
                                                                                                                                                                                     the computer skills that are needed. Look at the Chica-
1st: Bob Jakl, AT&SF Gondola                                 cars were the S-Helper SD boxcar lettered as an SP B50-                                                                 go March Meet - Mike Hill is transitioning the meet op-
2nd: Chris Stark, SP 3’ Gauge A-frame Gondola                12A and the PRS DD boxcar lettered for WP. You can                                    Clinics                           eration to his daughter Melissa who is now successfully
2nd (tie): John Bridges, Masonite Box Car                    order them from OSW for $50 each plus shipping.             Clinics chairman John Houlihan arranged for the fol-        running the meet the same way Mike ran it.
3rd: Robert Steers, Colorado Central 3’ Gauge Box Car
                                                             Because of a communication problem within MTH, the          lowing excellent clinics.                                   2. Don’t move the meet from the Bay Area. The Hyatt
Cabooses:
                                                             planned 2013 O scale meet car to be the very nice MTH       Dave Brown: Soldering and Brass Models                      Regency staff is very knowledgeable regarding OSW.
1st: Bob Jarvis, WP Outside Braced Caboose
                                                             model of the SP G50-22 GS gondola, including 2-rail         Jack Burgess: Tools for Model Building                      We meet with them a a couple of times to discuss the
2nd: Glenn Erickson, V&T Caboose 24
                                                             wheelsets, was not produced; we will have these cars        Jim Canter: Track Laying                                    contract and any changes we are making, and then
3rd: Paul Zaborsky/Chris Allen, UP/WP Caboose 431
                                                             for the 2014 OSW. The cars will be lettered in the pre-     Takashi Daito: Completely New Method for Equaliz-           again just before the meet. I’ve discussed a possible
3rd (tie): David Gast, On30 Caboose, built 1959
                                                             1955 scheme, never done before by MTH. 14 numbers             ing Locos and Cars                                        change of management with them and they are enthu-
Maintenance of Way:
                                                             will be available; if you want a quantity, contact OSW      Tom Dempsey: Clover House Dry Transfers                     siastic about being willing to work with the new man-
1st: Robert Stears, Colorado Outfit Car
                                                             ASAP as our order is being finalized.                       Jim Harper: Handlaid Track                                  agement. Not moving the meet means that no major
Traction:
                                                             The S scale car is being worked on. It is uncertain if it   Jim Harper: Proto:48 Discussion                             changes have occurred, and you keep the base of local
1st: Steve Bull, Sacramento Northern 701 “Old Maude”
                                                             will be a different car from the SP box car and WP dou-     Dick Karnes: Structure Kitbashing                           layouts that are open for visiting.
2nd: James N. Bond, Sacramento Northern Motor 602
                                                             ble door box car that were offered at the 2013 meet.        Ed Loizeaux: S SIG Meeting, New Products
3rd: Larry Kostka, Waterloo Cedar Falls & Northern                                                                                                                                   Ideally the person or persons who takes over will start
                                                                                                                         Rod Miller: OSW Management: What’s Involved in
       102                                                                                                                                                                           working with the committee and me early in order to
                                                                                                                           Putting It On
Structures:                                                                                                                                                                          ensure a smooth and seamless transition.
                                                                                                                         O Scale Kings: Open Meeting
1st: Mike Linxwiler, Log Cabin at Disneyland                                                                                                                                         Think about any concerns you have and talk to me or a
                                                                                                                         Wayne Perrier: Novel Method of Gapping Rails, Detail-
2nd: Nelson Steinmetz, Sn3 Diorama Lizard Head                                 Home Layout Visits                                                                                    committee member any time. Whomever takes over
                                                                                                                           ing A Stub Switch and Diamond Crossing
       Station & Section House                               35 (32 in 2012) home and club layouts were open for vis-                                                                will receive plenty of support as they start learning “the
3rd: Wayne Padd, Santa Rosa Depot                            iting. Thank You! to all the owners/operators of those                                                                  ropes.”.
Favorite Train:                                              layouts who shared them with you. Thank You! to Bob                                 Moving?
1st: John Scofield, Narrow Gauge Ore Train                   Dupont, who set up the visits, to Gary Schrader, who        Please let us know when you move! Newsletters are no
Display: (not voted on)                                      prepared the maps, and to PARC for printing them.           longer sent with Address Correction Requested because the                        Already Registered?
Glenn Erickson, Lucius Beebe private car Gold Coast                                                                      USPS now charges for each correction returned. For-
                                                             Several layouts were several hours drive from Santa                                                                     If the first line of your mailing address on this newslet-
                                                             Clara. Those layouts were open before and/or after          warding addresses expire, so infrequent publications        ter contains 2014-XXXX, then you are already registered
                                                             OSW.                                                        such as this newsletter may be mailed after that expira-    for the 2014 meet and your registration number is
                                                                                                                         tion.                                                       XXXX.

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