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.

Got trains?

New members welcome. Come join the club.
We invite you to join us!  Come run your trains on the 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.

We just got bigger!

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.

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.
For more information, click the picture or the "Timesaver" link in the sidebar menu at the left.

The Lego Batman Window Layout provided by the L-Scale Museum.
To see more, click the picture or the "Lego Window Layout" link in the sidebar menu at the left.

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

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

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

To your right is one of our two window layouts, Liberty Loop, named after our previous home in San Diego's Liberty Station shopping center.

Click below for a video tour of Liberty Loop:

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

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.

2017 Calendar of Events

December 9           noon - 4:00PM               Lego Build Event
December 19         10:00AM - noon             Monthly Meeting at Grossmont Center

2018 Calendar of Events

January 13             noon - 6:00PM               10th Anniversary Open House
January 16             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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