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January 8, 2015: Contest forms can now be downloaded

Quick Details for the 2015 Meet:

The Next OSW (O SCALE WEST) is Feb 5-7, 2015.
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The Hyatt Regency Santa Clara (San Francisco area).
Rooms are $116 + tax 1-4 occupancy
OSW is in the well lit 25000 sf carpeted ballroom.
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Family Registration for the entire meet is $30.
30" x 72" tables are $40.
Note: prices increase after December 31.
Walk up on Saturday and get in for $20.
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Download the registration form
Fill it in on your screen, print, mail or bring to the meet.
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If you have attended previous O Scale West meets, you could pick it up the layout visits map packet which contains the layout visits schedule and maps to all the layouts that would be open during OSW.

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.


This year there will be two ways to navigate to the layouts:

  1. Hard copy maps. Instead of the usual All_Maps_For_All_Layouts in one packet, OSW will provide custom map packets. This will be accomplished as follows:
  2. Use your own GPS system in conjunction with the list of layout addresses that is in your registration packet with your badge. This is the method that OSW recommends because it eliminates the navigation difficulties of darkness, weather, and getting back to the hotel. Be sure you bring a road navigation GPS or that if you rent a car that it has a GPS. You also need to be sure you will have a way to charge the GPS batteries (commonly the cigarette lighter is used but non-smoking cars may have the lighter disabled.)

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.

NOTE: if you use the map packet from a previous year, be sure to compare the days and hours that layouts are shown to be open in that packet to the days and hours on the schedule in your registration envelope. Days and hours change from year to year!

Click here to view the layout visits schedule.


Call Rod see Contact if you have any questions.


Don passed away August 8, 2014. Since the early days of OSW Don created and ran the movies program, one of the popular events at OSW. Don would show and narrate rare footage of western railroads, sometimes offering a preview of upcoming releases from Catenary Productions. Don retired from the program a few years ago; we were pleased to see him at most of the subsequent OSW meets. He was a wonderful individual and will be missed.

Mike O'Connell provided an obituary and a portrait of Don. Thank you Mike!


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.


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.


The meet dates are February 5 - 7, 2015. The days for those dates are Thursday through Saturday. The exhibit/sales area is open Friday February 7 9AM - 5PM and February 8 9AM - 5PM. Thursday is when visiting layouts move in and set up, and when most of the exhibitors move in and set up. Individuals can also register or if pre-registered, pick up their registration packet, so they can get in the doors promptly at 9AM Friday. OSW also offers unusual railroad-oriented movies of interest Thursday night.

If there is time (the days leading up to the meet can be very hectic) OSW will post the daily schedule for the meet, including clinics, and the layout visits schedule (the on-line version does not include address information which is contained in the free hard copy map packets available at the meet.) View the layout visits schedule HERE.


Current costs are $30 for individual registrations, $35 after December 31. $20 Saturday-only walk up rate. 30" x 72" tables are $40 each, $45 after December 31. Hotel rooms at the host hotel are $116 plus tax per night, 1-4 occupancy.

Costs may change if our cost to put on the meet changes, so register early to lock in your cost.


OSW 2015 will be held at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara in Santa Clara, CA (San Francisco Bay Area). The Hyatt is located at 5101 Great American Parkway in Santa Clara. OSW has obtained a special room rate of $116 plus tax per night; the rate is fixed for any occupancy 1 up to 4. You can register for lodging at the Hyatt by telephone or on-line. By telephone, call 888.421.1442, be sure to ask for the O Scale West rate.

To register for a hotel room on-line, go to The Hyatt Web Site Page for OSW. Note: the $116 rate is available for the dates Feb. 4 through Feb. 9; the rate for rooms outside that date range may cost more than $116 per night. Reservations must be made by January 15, 2015.

Renting a room at the Hyatt Regency is NOT required in order to attend OSW.

Note: OSW contracts with the hotel for the facilities it uses. The contract amount is a sliding scale based upon the number of hotel rooms OSW attendees rent. The more rooms rented the lower the cost of the facilities to OSW and as a direct result, the lower the cost of admission and tables to the OSW attendees and vendors. If you stay in a hotel during your time at OSW, it helps keep the meet costs low if you stay at the Hyat Regency Santa Clara.


You must register (fill out a form and pay the registration fee) in order to get you a badge that gets you in the door. You don't have to pre-register to attend OSW. You can walk up during the meet and register. The advantage to pre-registration is that badges for you and your party will be pre-printed, and if you specify the O or S scale on your registration, you will be categorized appropriately enabling us to track registrants by scale if needed. If you rent tables you must pre-register. Pre-registration closes as of mail received on February 1, 2015; table renters must pre-register by January 15, 2015, although we can accommodate renters after that date with inconvenience for both the late renter and OSW.

Methods of Registering

Note that registration fees and table rental fees may increase after December 31, 2013. You will save yourself some money by pre-registering before then.


Please CLICK HERE for a general description of OSW and the OSW meet activities, and for information on geting to the meet if you travel by air or by Amtrak.

Please CLICK HERE for a detailed description of the 2015 OSW meet (note, not yet updated for 2015, you will see info for the 2014 meet).


The following downloads will be made available when they are ready:
  • Registration Form
  • Contest Entry Forms
  • Clinics Schedule and Daily Meet Schedule

    Links to download the daily schedule, and layout visits schedule overview will be provided when each download becomes available. Note that a hard copy of the daily schedule is in your registration packet, and that hard copies of the layout maps which are available for pickup at the meet contain the address information that is not contained in the schedule overview. Also note that the information you download may have changed at the time of the meet; if changes have occurred and there is time before the meet, those changes will be announced here. It is good idea to verify your plans against the hard copies available at the meet in case there wasn't time to announce changes here.


    If we know about them in advance, we will place the information about these sales in this section. The information below is provided by the sellers. All O Scale West does is publish it below in order to make that information available to the OSW community. OSW does not edit the information the sellers provide and is not responsible for claims or offers the seller might make in the information they provided to OSW.

    While no hard information has been provided by the sellers who are registered for OSW, rumor has it that some collections and estates will be sold at OSW.


    This section is updated if previously published meet detail or schedule information has changed.


    Interested in learning more about 2-rail O scale? Please visit the O Scale Kings web pages.

    These web pages were designed and implemented by Rod Miller.