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For many O Scale West (OSW) attendees, the home and club layout visits are the highlight of the show. OSW has more home and club layouts open for visiting than any other O scale show in the country. The number of layouts open fluctuates from year to year depending upon the owner's personal schedules, so from year to year layouts appear or disappear from the schedule. Over the years the number of layout open in any given year is around 30. Most layouts are very well done; a few are S and HO layouts. Some are open once during the show, others more than once.

The HO scale layouts that are open for visiting 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.

Since OSW has added narrow gauge in all scales, narrow gauge layouts in scales other than O, S, and HO may be added to those that have previously been open for visiting.

Thank You! to the layout owners who are willing to open their layouts for visiting during O Scale West!

Getting To The Layouts

OSW will provide for pick in the registration area a sheet that identifies each layout, its open schedule, and its complete address. It is up to you to use a road navigation GPS to guide you to the layouts you want to see.

A paper road map of the San Francisco Bay Area, and possibly, depending upon how far you want to travel to visit layouts, a paper road map of northern California as well, may 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 global positioning system (GPS) 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, and regardless of darkness and weather. 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.

The advantages of using a road navigation GPS are that most of them will route you around traffic situations, and you can proceed directly from one layout to the next without having to puzzle through maps that each show directions to the layout only from the hotel.

Some layouts are several hours drive from Santa Clara. These layouts are normally open Sunday and Monday after the show.

The list of layouts that will be open for the 2018 OSW and is now final as of May 13, 2018. Last minute changes may occur, and if they do the schedule below will be updated with the changes in bold print.

As you will see, for privacy reasons, no addresses are given for the layouts. Addresses will be available at a self-serve location at the show. You can have a 2018 schedule including addresses mailed to you about two weeks before the show if you have pre-registered for the show and send a LSSAE to OSW (see Contact Us for the address of the business office; the address is also on the registration form).

Click on the layout to see a description of it. An * indicates that there are access restrictions - see the layout description for more information.

UPDATED: Sunday May 13, 2018 - Schedule Finalized
UPDATED: Monday May 14, 2018 - Typos in open times for Hess (on Thursday), Markovich, Silicon Valley Lines, Harper (on Friday) were corrected.

THURSDAY May 24, 2018

FRIDAY May 25, 2018

SATURDAY May 26, 2018

SUNDAY May 27, 2018

MONDAY May 28, 2018

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

Want to learn more about S scale? Visit the S SIG website.