Planning for S-West

The Brain Trust
The Die-Cast Entry

We met at Dave’s home. There was a lot of show and tell – Bill brought some “historical” cast F3 shells (one bronze one aluminum), Michael showed pictures from the Los Altos Train Days (this show was on the same day), Ed showed the Monster Models brick yard tower and a Harriman passenger car roof casting, Robert had his new audio line speaker product (Rumbling Rails). Robert is trying to connect with the die-cast community – which has more 1/64 modelers than we do in the model railroad community. He showed several models he had bashed together – really well done.

Discussion (the brain trust) centered on how we might improve our participation in S-West. Things happen fast – long lead times – and we are trying to get the right processes in motion.

First run across modules from multiple builders

img_20170318_135004650_33136634460_oThis is the first time we have hooked together tables built by different people. Modules from three people were built separately and brought together. Other than repairing wiring that was pulled loose in transit, there were no operational problems. The specifications worked!

We took a short video. You can see hints that this isn’t your grandmother’s oval:

S West Dinner

S Scale Friends Dinner at S-West

Friday, May 26, 2017        5:30 P.M.

El Torito Restaurant

477 East Calaveras, Milpitas, CA  95035


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Come enjoy a dinner of great Mexican food, including steak or chicken tacos,
cheese enchiladas, Caesar salad, beans, rice, sweet corn cake, tortilla
chips and salsa. The restaurant provides a room for our group, so we can do
what S Scalers do best – talk about everything under sun. Dinner will be
buffet style. Soft drinks will be provided, other drinks can be purchased
from the bar.

July at Arden’s

We ran some 40 car trains; the North guys showed their module loop. Robert woke everyone up with his booming sound system that has some nice possibilities.
We had two guests. Bruce, an HO modeler from Shasta area. And we had Mitch from Loomis who I think is going to be our newest member. He took home a few S scale boxes. There were four first time visitors to my layout – Bruce, Evan, Mitch and Robert.
Nine of us had dinner afterwards at the Waterloo Restaurant just down the road. Ribs and pasta, beer and pie a la mode. What is better than that?

The new Sweeney Helix

The club met at Jim Sweeney’s home to inspect the new helix. This was installed to reduce the grade to get from the lower to the upper level in the next room. Looks like the inspectors are on the brink of approving the helix.

We also discussed our new modular layout. There was one table completed to the point of some track installed. Too bad somebody forgot to bring the legs so we had to look at it on the floor. We ironed out some more specifications, which are being refined as we begin to build the modules.

Other topics for the day: O/S West in May (increasing our involvement) and a possible new car to be produced by the BASS group for S Scale.

Weed, CA Meeting and Layout Tour

We just returned from a great couple of days and nights in the beautiful Mount Shasta area. Our thanks go to our three hosts, John Rolston, Dave Scott, and Bill Young. Their enthusiasm, thorough preparations, and cordial hospitality ensured a truly memorable weekend. We toured several layouts in the area, N scale, HO scale, and S Scale.

You can see pictures of the layouts here: Weed Layout Tour.