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The San Diego S-Gaugers is a
tax exempt 501(C)(3) association of model railroaders founded January 19, 2008, in San Diego, California, dedicated to a three-part mission:

1. Promotion of S-Gauge model railroading

2. Education about S-Gauge model railroading, about model railroading in general, and about railroading in general.

3. Having fun in the process


To contact the club, email sdsgaugers@yahoo.com.

Contributions and bequests of S-Gauge model railroad equipment would be greatly appreciated.  Email the club for details.





We invite you to join us!  No space for a train layout at home? Come run your trains on the club layout, learn how to service or repair them, learn how to build and landscape a layout, and meet a bunch of interesting, knowledgeable people. Don't have any trains? That's okay; if you love trains, come join us anyway. For information about joining the club, go to the "About Us & Membership" page.


Got trains?
Got a box of old American Flyer trains in the garage? Bring them in and see if they still run.

Do you have childhood memories of American Flyer trains? Did you convert to HO or N due to space limitations? Are your eyes and hands finding smaller scales difficult to work with? Take another look at S Scale trains.


We just got bigger!




We moved the back wall back fifteen feet, which enabled us to add three modules on each side and widen the aisles in front and in back. Look how long the yard is now!



And here's a video of the expanded layout from the engineer's viewpoint:

Engineer's View Tour of the Modular Layout November 2017


                                    
Come visit us in La Mesa's Grossmont Center.
We're open from noon to 6:00 PM on Saturdays and Tuesdays except for holidays.
We provide stepstools (AKA "Mom's back savers") so our shorter visitors can see the trains.
See below for directions to come visit us.

We recently created a new sign with flashing crossing lights to greet our visitors.




Our videos page has a lot more videos for you to watch.




As you enter, you are greeted by girder bridge and military aircraft museum modules on the front of our big modular layout.
Click the picture below for a view of each of the modules in the layout.


To your right is the first of our three window layouts, Liberty Loop, named after our previous home in San Diego's Liberty Station shopping center.
We have named our railroad the Grossmont Central Railroad in honor of our current clubhouse hosts, Grossmont Center in La Mesa, and
Raulf lettered the club's American Models Baldwin diesel locomotive for it.
Click the picture to see more pictures and the story of why and how the layout was built.

Click below for a video tour of Liberty Loop:



To your left is our second window layout. Depending on the time of year, you will see one of four seasonal layouts.
At Halloween, Christmas, and Easter we have a loop or track around a seasonal ceramic village.
Click the picture to see more pictures and the story of why and how the layout was built.


Because we have a buildings for only three seasons on the seasonal layout, Mark suggested that we build a classical 1950s American Flyer layout to display the roots of our S gauge history. Since it was built around Easter, it initially included Easter eggs and bunnies. Click the picture to see more pictures and a video of it.

Since then, it has been properly landscaped, but we never got pictures of it in operation; we'll have to take some proper pictures when we set it up after the Christmas season.

We named it Streeterville in honor of Burdette Streeter who donated his collection to the club.

In the alcove window to your far right is the Lego Window Layout provided by the L-Scale Museum.
Over the years, Michael Todd, curator of the L-Gauge Museum, has brought in a variety of Lego creations, most recently Lego Train layouts, to enhance our clubhouse. To see more about each of them, click the picture or "The Lego Window Layouts" link in the sidebar menu at the left.


If you happen to come by when we're not open, push the button outside the window and the trains on all three window layouts will run for about a minute.



Our most recently completed project: The Timesaver Module
The Timesaver is a game/puzzle created by John Allen and published in Model Railroader Magazine in 1972.
It comprises two identical mini-switching yards connected by a short track that holds only one car.
Each yard has five spurs each long enough for two or three freight cars and a run-around with space for one car on one side and two on the other.
Each yard has a switch engine and five freight cars scattered around in the yard.
The objective is to move the cars around into some specified final position.
The person who does it in the shortest time wins.
Alternatively, it can be played as a cooperative two-player game where the final position for some cars is in the other yard.
It's now set up and ready to run; come in and try your hand at it!
For more information, click the picture or the "Timesaver" link in the sidebar menu at the left.

Member Projects

  Dale has embarked on a project to create freight cars that are more interesting and realistic than those manufactured by Gilbert and other manufacturers,
and many of the buildings on the layouts were built by club members.
Click the picture for a web page dedicated to member projects like this.



Meetings and Other Events

The club has monthly meetings, at 10:00AM to noon, either on a Tuesday or a Saturday (see calendar of events below).
At the January meeting each year, we hold the election of officers and collection of annual dues.

At the club's June 2016 meeting, Wes Noel demonstrated the proper application of Bullfrog Snot
 to increase the traction of an engine's drive wheels, and hence to increase the number of cars it will pull.
Click the picture to see the video of this clinic; more clinics will be added as we shoot videos of them.




2018 Calendar of Events
April 17                  10:00AM - noon             Meeting at Grossmont Center
April 21                  noon - 4:00PM               Lego Build Event at Grossmont Center
May 12                   all day                            National Train Day (nationwide)
May 22                   10:00AM - noon             Meeting at Grossmont Center
June 16                  9:00AM - 2:00PM           All-Gauge Club swap meet, St. Dunstan's Church,
                                                                            6556 Park Ridge Blvd, San Diego
June 19                  10:00AM - noon             Meeting at Grossmont Center
July 17                   10:00AM - noon             Meeting at Grossmont Center
July 24 - 29            all day                            NASG Convention, Boxborough, MA
August 5 - 12         all day                            NMRA Convention,Kansas City, MO
August 21              10:00AM - noon             Meeting at Grossmont Center
September 12-16   all day                            NMRA Pacific Southwest Region Convention,
                                                                            Marriott Courtyard, Mission Valley, San Diego
September 25        10:00AM - noon             Meeting at Grossmont Center
October 13             noon - 4:00PM               Lego Build Event at Grossmont Center
October 16            10:00AM - noon             Meeting at Grossmont Center
November 3           noon - 6:00PM               Fall Open House
November 20         10:00AM - noon             Meeting at Grossmont Center
December 1           noon - 4:00PM               Lego Build Event at Grossmont Center
December 1           9:00AM - 2:00PM           All-Gauge Club swap meet, St. Dunstan's Church,
                                                                            6556 Park Ridge Blvd, San Diego
December 18         10:00AM - noon             Meeting at Grossmont Center



2019 Calendar of Events

January 22             10:00AM - noon             Annual Meeting at Grossmont Center


How to Find Us
Grossmont Center is located in La Mesa, California, east of San Diego, just off Interstate 8.
You can see it from the freeway. Take the
Grossmont Center exit and turn left (north).

Grossmont Center


Enter through the portico next to the Reading Cinemas, between
Jamba Juice and Panda Express.

We're on the left, up the aisle next to Super Brows.


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