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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 sandsgaugers@gmail.com.



Our clubhouse at Grossmont Center remains closed, but ...

In cooperation with Federal, State, and County guidelines,

and in the interest of safeguarding the health of our members and visitors, we are still closed, but:

We  have begun our preparations and will open as soon as county health regulations permit.
It appears that the soonest that can possibly happen is the end of March,
so we plan to be ready to open the first week of April. Check back weekly.

We miss you! And we’ve been getting email messages that you miss us too. Thank you! That means a lot to us.

In addition to missing contact with all of our friends, being closed for so long has hurt us financially.

Your support during this closure would really be appreciated, and your donations are tax-deductible.

You can mail a check to us at:

San Diego S-Gaugers

5500 Grossmont Center Drive Suite 181
La Mesa, CA 91942

Thank you in advance for your generous support.



But in the meantime, the trains are still running. Just push the button outside the window.


200,000 times!
On Saturday, February 29, 2020, Orion McCurdy pushed the button to run the train on our Liberty Loop window layout and got a big surprise!
It was the 200,000th time the button had been pushed.




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 trains in the garage? Bring them in and see if they still run. We have a test track not only for S scale trains, but also for Sn3, HO, and O Scale trains.

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.

Coming Soon: John Constans' Sn3 Westside Lumber Layout
In August of 2012, we visited John Constans' Westside Lumber Sn3 Layout on a layout tour.
Little did we know that six years later, his widow would donate it to our club in his memory.
We have transported it to the side room of our clubhouse, reinforced it, and created a new mount for it.
We are making great progress in refurbishing it for public display.
Click the picture to learn more about it and our progress.


Our Latest Layout Tour Videos
The visitor's view:


And here's a video of the 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 yearround 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.


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 the right is the first of our three window layouts, Liberty Loop, named for 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. Click the picture to see more pictures and a video of it.

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 Timesaver game

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.
For more information and pictures of the Timesaver, 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, generally on the third Tuesday of the month (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.




2021 Calendar of Events
January 19             10:00AM - noon             Regular Monthly Meeting
January 28             10:00AM - 3:00PM         Workday at the clubhouse
February 16           10:00AM - noon             Regular Monthly Meeting
February 25           10:00AM - 3:00PM         Workday at the clubhouse
March 16                10:00AM - noon             Regular Monthly Meeting
March 25                10:00AM - 3:00PM         Workday at the clubhouse
April 20                  10:00AM - noon             Regular Monthly Meeting
April 24                   noon - 4:00PM              Lego Build Event
April 29                  10:00AM - 3:00PM         Workday at the clubhouse
May 18                   10:00AM - noon             Regular Monthly Meeting
May 27                   10:00AM - 3:00PM         Workday at the clubhouse
June 22                  10:00AM - noon             Regular Monthly Meeting
June 24                  10:00AM - 3:00PM         Workday at the clubhouse
June 26                  noon - 4:00PM              Lego Build Event
July 20                   10:00AM - noon             Regular Monthly Meeting
July 29                   10:00AM - 3:00PM         Workday at the clubhouse
August 17              10:00AM - noon             Regular Monthly Meeting
August 26              10:00AM - 3:00PM         Workday at the clubhouse
August 28               noon - 4:00PM              Lego Build Event
September 21        10:00AM - noon             Regular Monthly Meeting
September 30        10:00AM - 3:00PM         Workday at the clubhouse
October 19             10:00AM - noon             Regular Monthly Meeting
October 23             noon - 4:00PM              Lego Build Event
October 28            10:00AM - 3:00PM         Workday at the clubhouse
October 31             noon - 6:00PM              We plan to be open for Halloween
November 16         10:00AM - noon             Regular Monthly Meeting
December 18         noon - 4:00PM              Lego Build Event
December 21        10:00AM - noon             Regular Monthly Meeting



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.

Our legal address is Suite 181, but we are Suite 304 on the Mall Map.


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