For 2015
Friday, October 16 - Saturday, October 17

Website Menu:

- Special Friday event for 2015 Meet (Tentative)
- Southwest O Scale Meet History
- 2015 Meet Schedule and Clinics
- Event Timetable
- Registration Packet (Click to download.)
- Lodging
- Contact Information

Special Friday Event (Tentative)
GE Locomotive Plant

No promises, but we are trying very hard to arrange a tour of the GE locomotive plant in Fort Worth.
* This is worth taking a vacation day! *
After the BNSF tour - dinner and North Fort Worth layouts

Southwest O Scale Meet History

For over twenty years now, two-rail modelers have gathered in October for the Southwest O Scale meet. It started when O Scaler Larry Muir invited a few of his O Scale friends to join him in Dallas for a week-end of buying, selling, trading and (most importantly) running trains on Larry's fabulous O Scale layout. Model railroading is not as popular in the Lone Star state as in other parts of the country, and what O Scale modelers were here often seem few and far between. As such, O Scale modelers in the Southwest eagerly looked forward to Larry's annual get-together as a chance to hob-knob with their fellow two-railers. Larry was quite the successful electronics entrepreneur - so successful he could bring the famed custom builder, Jerry White, and other special guests to Dallas on his private jet! As much a social gathering as swap and sales meet, Larry's O-Scale hoedown continued and grew for many years, eventually becoming the Southwest O Scale Meet.

When Larry passed away, Southwest O Scalers did not want this once yearly chance to get together to end. For a while, the meet rotated between various cities, but eventually found a ten-year home in Oklahoma City under the sponsorship of George Wallace. Each year O Scalers would gather to talk, present slide shows, tell railroad tales, and swap and buy modeling supplies for the coming year. The "anchor vendor" was Merlyn Lauber of Caboose Stop hobbies, Cedar Falls, Iowa. To the delight of all attendees, Merlyn would bring an immense selection of O Scale items from which to choose.

At the 2011 OK-City meet, George "voluntold" the two Fort Worth "Mike" (Mike Ross and Mike Walter) that it was their turn to take the throttle and keep the meet rolling along. In October, 2012, O Scalers from all over the Southwest gathered in Fort Worth to keep the tradition alive. A meeting hall was found within a five-mile radius of three O Scale layouts, and the schedule was set so that everyone, including vendors, would have time to visit the home layouts. Other layouts in the Metroplex area were open for visits before and after the show, including Brady McGuire's Pennsylvania Laurel Valley Subdivision layout in Sherman, TX. Brady's layout is in a separate outbuilding in his back yard that resembles a freight station.

The 2013 Southwest O Scale Meet was even bigger and more exciting. Modular layouts from both the Dallas and Oklahoma O Scale clubs were there and both had trains running continuously. The Friday evening BBQ dinner was followed by a presentation by a senior BNSF executive and life-long rail fan who showed photos taken during his thirty years on the Santa Fe, followed by a fascinating overview of the latest rail and trackwork technology. In 2014, the meet started with a Friday afternoon tour of the art and history collection at BNSF headquarters. For 2015, the "Mikes" are working hard to arrange a visit to the GE locomotive plant in Fort Worth (fingers crossed!).

Location for 2015

Fort Worth Academy
7301 Dutch Branch Road, Fort Worth, 76132
The gym is located in the rear of the school campus.
This location is within minutes of the Hadley / Ross / Walter layouts.
Note: Do not confuse with Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts on Hulen Street.

Tentative Timetable for the 2015 Meet

Note: Brady McGuire's layout will be open on Friday morning and Sunday - see information below.

Friday AM and Sunday

Note: Show registrations who request Brady's contact information will be sent his address and phone number so that a visit can be arranged on Friday prior to the official start of the show.

Brady McGuire's Laurel Valley Secondary of the Pennsylvania Railroad is in its own 36 x 60 foot building in his backyard built to look like a freight house. The layout represents the 45 miles from Pitcairn Yard in East Pittsburgh to Moss Lake and Bowest Yard at Connellsville, PA, in October 1957. This heavy industrial RR has 31 industries in four industrial districts. The RR is operated by Train Orders with car cards and waybills. A six station phone system allows operators to communicate with the Dispatcher. The PRR Snow Hill branch line serves the town of Laurel Springs and the large 3-track Penna. Coal and Coke Co. mine #42 at Snow Hill. On display are Brady's 20 car military train with 17 flatcars with 28 vehicles, an 18 car reconditioned RBB&B circus train built circa 1960s, a 3 track icing facility servicing 21 reefer cars and an award winning double track deck truss bridge. The layout has 19 staging tracks - and Brady says that is not enough! Also exhibited in the "freight house" are Brady's 45 year collection of Lionel, American Flyer and Marx electric toy trains circa 1950s-1970s, and a lot of Pennsylvania RR memorabilia.
Video of Bardy McGuire's layout:

Friday Layouts Open

Joe Batson's (MMR # 475) Choctaw Lumber Company is a logging / lumber operation set in Southeast Oklahoma. There actually was a Choctaw Lumber Company that operated in Southeast Oklahoma, but it was a standard gauge operation. Joe took the liberty of changing it to 2' 6" gauge, On30, with some standard gauge trackage at the interchange. The multilevel layout is in its own 15 x 15 building. The setting is Southeast Oklahoma and with a theme similar to the Westside Lumber Co. Joe admits taking a lot of modeler's license on this layout. It will eventually have a single band saw mill as its centerpiece.

Dan Rousseau is a master structure builder, well known to anyone who attends any of the scale train meets in the Dallas-Fort Worth area where Dan can be found sitting at his table building plaster or laser cut buildings while everyone watches and learns. He willingly shares his tips and techniques while encouraging modelers to get their kits down from the shelves and get busy. Dan's On30 model railroad is a fictitious railroad set in a very remote mining district north of Leadville, Colorado, in about 1905. Electrification and automobiles have not reached this area due to the steep mountain grades. Dan's layout fills a portion of his garage and features his beautifully rendered, realistic buildings.

Saturday Layouts Open

Mike Ross's Virginian layout has a nearly 500 ft mainline that includes spectacular mountain operation, as well as a 2nd loop that serves as a branch line for local trains and switching. The layout features a long, curved stone arch bridge, a fully detailed trestle, and scenery has been started. Two trains are operated simultaneously. Check out these YouTube videos of Mike's layout:
Video 1, Video 2, Video 3, Video 4, Video 5

Mike Walter's layout is really two layouts in one room - the main layout is two-rail O Scale with a very clever (and long!) track plan, but Mike also tucked in a high-rail layout in the middle to showcase his exceptional collection. Both Mike's two-rail layouts feature hand laid track and turnouts using Lou Cross's Right-O'-Way components.

Bill Hadley's On30 Maine themed Monson Lakes layout features DCC operation, lots of scenery (about 60% complete), and many detailed, scratch built structures. The railroad hauls mostly wood products and coal.

Kyle Creel's Grizzly & Dilapidated RR is an On30 tribute to the great John Allen. Incorporating John Allen's original (turntable inside the loops) track plan enlarged to 4 x 8; with Kyle's own version of an extension where he John Allen wrote "To Be Continued." The layout is operated with Digitrax DCC control and all exposed track is hand laid. Kyle is compulsive about cost, and you will find it incredible with what Kyle has built with scrounged, leftovers or natural materials. The painted backdrop is among the best you will see. Kyle's layout is a bit distant from the meet site and thus will be open later Saturday evening. The layout is housed in a 20 x 12 building in Kyle's backyard.
Layout web site:


Google "Motels 76132" and "Motels 76126."

Contact Information

Michael Ross: 817-346-3416
Mike Walter: 817-346-1644