WELCOME TO 2017 O SCALE WEST / S WEST 12!

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Recent Updates:

November 2015: The web pages for the 2016 meet were created.
January 2016: The downloadable regsitration form was added.
April 11, 2016: Updated the layout visits and estates info.
September 19, 2016: 2017 Meet info published

Please let Rod know if you discover issues with this web site - see Contact at the bottom of this page.

Quick Details for the 2017 Meet:

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WHEN:
The Next OSW (O SCALE WEST including S WEST) is May 25-27, 2017.
That's Memorial Day weekend, a great time to visit and enjoy the San Francisco area.
Click here for more info.

WHERE:
The Hyatt Regency Santa Clara (San Francisco area).
Rooms are $135 + tax 1-4 occupancy
OSW will be in the well lit carpeted ballroom. Tables, contest, company
store, and visiting layouts will all be in the ballroom. Clinics will be in
other rooms on the same floor.
Click here to register for rooms at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara.
Click here for more info about the hotel.

The hotel tells us that no mega event, such as the event during the 2016 meet, is currently scheduled for next door,
and the liklihood of such an event being scheduled for our dates is extremely low because of long planning horizons.

HOW MUCH:
Family registration for the entire meet is $35.
This includes you, your spouse/SO, and all children under 18, related or not.
30" x 72" tables are $45 each.
Note: prices increase by $5 per registration and $5 per table after April 25, 2017.
Un-registered attendees can walk up on Saturday and get in for $25.
Click here for more info.

HOW TO REGISTER (ATTEND):
Download the registration form
Fill it in on your screen, print, mail or bring to the meet.
Click here for more info.

QUICK LINKS

OSW/SW is the largest O scale meet west of the Mississippi, the nations most fun O and S scale meet, and the only S scale meet west of the Mississippi. While the meet specializes in 2-rail O and S scale, all model train enthusiasts are welcome to attend and explore those scales.. For those unfamiliar with O and S scales, O scale is 1/48 size and runs on 2-rail track. S scale is 1/64 size, running on scale-proportioned track with scale size wheels and couplers. Contrast with HO scale which is 1/87 size and N scale which is 1/160 size.

O scale and S scale offer a more realistic feel as the trains roll along. Realistic detail is more visible and more easily done in O and S scale. For some the models will be easier to see and enjoy because of their larger 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 that are 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 2-rail track. However, the rail size of S scale track and the typical S scale couplers are not oversize as with S gauge models.

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 meet format changes very little from year to year, so the 2012 photos are also representative of the 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 UPCOMING 2017 O SCALE WEST/S WEST MEET

The meet dates are May 25 - 27, 2017. The days for those dates are Thursday through Saturday. The exhibit/sales area is open Friday May 26 9AM - 5PM and Saturday May 27 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, often rare footage railroad-oriented movies of interest Thursday night. Some home layouts are also open for visiting Thursday night.

A couple of weeks before the meet 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.) Links for those downloads are here.

HOW MUCH

All attendees must register and pay the registration fee of $35; this fee is a familiy registration fee and includes the modeler, their spouse/SO, and all children under 18, related or not. This fees increases to $40 after April 25.
The Saturday-only walk up rate (no pre-registration) is $25 and includes all the OSW activities.
30" x 72" tables are $45 each, $50 after April 25. The table fee does not include the registration fee, e.g., to register and rent one table before April 21, 2017 will cost $80.

Hotel rooms at the host hotel are $135 plus tax per night, 1-4 occupancy. See below.

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

WHERE

OSW 2017 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.

HOTEL INFO

OSW has obtained a special room rate of $135 plus tax per night; the rate is fixed for any occupancy 1 up to 4 (TBD). This rate is available starting Wednesday May 24 through Sunday May 28. Rooms outside those dates will very likely cost more.

Reservations must be made by May 11. If the hotel has space it may honor the rate after that date.

To register for a hotel room on-line using the Hyatt's web site, TBD. Note that the hotel encourages use of this link to register for rooms; we were told that link gives the best possibility for favorable room rates if you are staying in the hotel before and/or after the $135 per nite dates.

Since the economy in Silicon Valley is very hot, hotel rooms can be astonishingly expensive, so do what you can to reduce your lodging cost if you will have an extended stay in the area.

You also can register for lodging at the Hyatt by telephone or on-line. By telephone, call 800.421.1442, be sure to ask for the O Scale West rate.

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.

If you have any or issues with registering at the Hyatt please let Rod know right away so we can get them fixed. The Hyatt is very responsive to problems but can't fix what it doesn't know about.

Call Rod see Contact if you have any questions.


TO CONTACT O SCALE WEST

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.