The 42th Annual Fall S Fest
Hosted by State-Line "S" Gaugers
October 27th – 29th, 2017
The State-Line "S" Gaugers is a S Gauge (1/64) Scale Model Railroading Club centered in Rockford, Illinois. Our members come from Northern Illinois, Southern Wisconsin, Eastern Iowa and NW Indiana.
Since it was formed in January of 1981 our group (SLSG) has been very active in the promotion of S-Gauge model railroading. We are a very informal group located in Northern Illinois (Rockford Area) and our neighboring states who get together monthly, most often in member’s homes. When we meet, our sole purpose is to discuss and operate S-Gauge trains. We also have occasional clinics on repair and operation of S-Gauge trains and other model railroad topics. We also gather to build and maintain our modular layout which is displayed at several local model train shows. We also work together to develop new layouts that belong to club members. The club has an annual Family Picnic in August as well as an annual Christmas gathering.
The value of club activities to its members includes exchanging information about our favorite hobby and growing in the process. Although American Flyer and its modern descendents are number one with most of our members, all S-Gaugers are welcomed by our club. You may contact any club member if you are interested in attending a meeting
Club members model everything from "S Gauge steam, right up to the most modern Diesels! The members of the SLSG are involved in many different aspects of modeling, including collecting American Flyer Trains, running Hi Rail models, building scale structures and rolling stock. We have much more than just a railroad in our basements. The club also maintains a 14 section modular layout, that is 14 X 27'. This layout appears at area and regional train shows. A new addation to the club is an Scale switching layout designed for shows and displays. It features hand laid Code 100 track and turnouts, and is wired for NCE’s DCC system.
Every year a regional S-Fest convention is held by one of four affiliated clubs. The S-Fest is held on a rotational basis in the Rockford, Illinois, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Chicago, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri areas.
Over 150 exhibitors, manufacturers and dealers from across the nation attend this show. A large swap meet, how-to clinics, a Saturday night banquet - auction and Sunday model layout tours are some of the main highlights of this event
Monthly meetings take place in members homes, usually on the Third Sunday of the month.
Visitors are always Welcome!