O Scale West will have 30 Layouts open for visiting immediately before, during, and after the meet. Some of them are a several hour drive from the meet location (those are only open Sunday and Monday.)
A road map of the San Francisco Bay Area, and possibly, depending upon how far you want to travel to visit layouts, a road map of northern California as well, will be a great help in your planning. (Note: Friday evening commute traffic heading out of the Santa Clara area can be heavy, so please allow for that possibility in your planning.)
We strongly recommend that you use a street-oriented GPS (global positioning system) to get you to the layouts of your choice. To use one, you enter into the GPS the address of the location where you want to go, and the GPS system will give you voice commands (e.g., "take 101 north for 10 miles", then "take next exit", then "take next left turn", etc.) and guide you directly to your destination, regardless of where you are starting from. These things really work and are not that complicated to use. If you enter the correct address, you will not get lost, even if you make a wrong turn. Many rental cars have built-in GPS systems; if you plan to rent a car and plan to use your own portable GPS system, make sure the cigarette lighter in your rental works, as you may need to supplement the GPS's batteries with power from the car, and be sure to bring the appropriate power cords with you.
There are some HO scale layouts open for visiting. These layouts are world class model railroads that are widely known. Some are in the same vicinity of other open layouts, so you should consider visiting them when visiting those other layouts.
Click on the layout to see a description of it. An "*" at the end of the line indicates there are restrictions on viewing the layout.
Note, as of today May 8, we think this is the final schedule. However several new layouts have offered to be open this year, some at the last minute, so this list could change. We have sent the list to the layout owners for approval and think the list is accurate. However, if we change anything on the list, the change will be clearly noted.
THURSDAY May 25, 2017
FRIDAY May 26, 2017
SATURDAY May 27, 2017
SUNDAY May 28, 2017
MONDAY May 29, 2017
Thank You! to the layout owners who are willing to open their layouts for visiting during O Scale West.
Gary Schrader puts the schedule together and develops the maps. Rod Miller is doing his best to replace Bob Dupont in recruiting layouts.
TO CONTACT O SCALE WEST