O SCALE WEST
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
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.
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
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.
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
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: email@example.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
potential door prize contributors with the idea of in-
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
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
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
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