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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) road navigation 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.


The list of layouts that will be open for the 2018 OSW won't be finalized until April 2018. However, it seems most layouts are open the same days and times from year to year. Below is shown the layout visits schedule for the 2017 meet. You can use this schedule to get an idea of what the 2018 schedule will be like. If you do, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you check your plans based on the below schedule against the 2018 visits schedule. You can have a 2018 schedule mailed to you about two weeks before the meet if you have pre-registered for the meet and send a LSSAE to OSW (the address is the business office address shown on the registration form).


Click on the layout to see a description of it.

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.

To learn more about 2-rail O scale visit the O Scale Kings website.