For 2017
Friday, October 20 - Saturday, October 21

Website Menu:

- 2017 Clinics
- Southwest O Scale Meet History
- Location
- 2017 Meet Schedule and Clinics
- Layout Visits
- Registration Packet
- Lodging
- Contact Information

2017 Clinics

Friday - The UP and Me
Bruce Blalock
(15 years as an engineer for Uncle Pete)

Born in Smithville, Texas, attended high school in Burnet, Texas and graduated from Texas Tech in 1967. Professional career was graphic design and marketing until 1994 when he opened the Katy House Bed & Breakfast in Smithville. Bruce helped in restoration of SP 786 for the Austin Steam Train. He was promoted to engineer in 1993 and worked on the line for 25 years. Bruce worked for the Union Pacific from 1995 until 2010. He worked summer of 2007 on the Durango & Silverton. Bruce models the Katy and the Rio Grande in standard and narrow gauge in O Scale.

The Newest Weathering Techniques
Pan Pastels
Chuck Lind MMR

Sales & Trading Tables / Clinics / DFW O Scalers Modular Layout
Location: Fort Worth Academy, 7301 Dutch Branch Road, Fort Worth
Layout Visits: Bill Hadley / Michael Ross / Mike Walter

Southwest O Scale Meet History

For almost 30 years, 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. Each year since 2012 the Southwest O Scale Meet has grown larger and more exciting.

Location for 2017

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 2017 Meet

Thursday and Sunday Layouts Open
Brady McGuire's Laurel Valley Secondary of the Pennsylvania Railroad

Thursday: 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Earlier by Appointment)
Sunday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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:

Layouts Open

Mike Ross' 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

Here are 4 pictures of Mike Ross' layout. Click on the pictures to view a larger version of each.


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 Tarrant Traction Company: Bill's prior On30 Maine themed Monson Lakes layout hauled mostly wood products. The forests were depleted, causing Bill to shut down the On30 operation and start his long-dreamed of traction layout. Bill expects to have some hand laid trackage operating by show time.


Google "Motels 76132" and "Motels 76126."

Contact Information

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