2022 Meets and Events

The San Diego Division holds monthly meetings and events every 2nd Saturday at 1 pm. These include quarterly Meets (February, May, August, November) which may include Show & Tell, contests, Clinics, auctions, swap meets, Bingo for Trains, raffles and food. Typically there is a Swap Meet and BBQ at our Summer Meet. On the off months, a Layout Tour (open house style) is offered. For your information, instead of calling our meetings, "Meetings", we call them "Meets".

  • To learn more about the San Diego Division, please feel free to attend one of our Meets or Events as a guest by contacting Rudy Spano (Membership Services) at (858) 761-1424, or email Rudy at membership and please provide your first name, last name and your phone number. Or to join the San Diego Division, please call Rudy by phone or by email and he will assist you.

Meets/Events Archive: 2021 • 2020

[Covid-19 Information: Our Division has provided virtual Meets during the Covid pandemic of 2020 and during the first half of 2021. Our in-person Meets started in August 2021. Masks are optional at our in-person Meets and Events in 2022 unless otherwise noted.]

February 12, 2022, Saturday, Noon - 3:30 p.m. Winter Meet & Silent Auction

HO scale BNSF power move at the La Mesa ClubThe February Winter Meet has been about 90% finalized. The Winter Meet will have a Silent Auction, Show & Tell and two clinics (workshops). The Division will also be providing snacks and drinks for everyone. The snacks will be in individually wrapped packets. (Unfortunately, we will not be having our usual potluck this month due to Covid.)

  • Date: Saturday, February 12, 2022
  • Time: Noon - 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Peace Lutheran in Linda Vista, 6749 Tait Street, San Diego, CA 92111
  • Drinks and Snacks: There will be drinks and snacks.
  • Masks: Please wear a mask for this event.
  • Hand Sanitizer: Hand sanitizer will be provided for everyone for the Winter Meet.
  • Noon - Start of the Silent Auction: There will be a Silent Auction were every Division member can bring an unlimited number of items to sell. Note: The Division will be assessing a 10% fee off the grand total of what you make at the auction.
    • Please remember that all items you have for the auction must be related to model railroading and/or the real railroad. You can bring things such as rolling stock kits, used rolling stock, new rolling stock, books, railroad memorabilia, posters, pins and anything else you would like to sell.
  • 1:00 p.m. - Welcome: The welcome for the Meet will take place at 1:00 p.m. along with any Division announcements and any other Division information.
  • 1:15 p.m. - Clinic #1: John Fiscella will be presenting “My Master Model Railroader® Quest; Some Car Models And How They're Getting Me There”. John will be bringing each model he is currently working on so that Division members can take a close look at them after the clinic. For each model, John will:
    1. Discuss the model’s prototype, the reasons he chose to model it, the history of when he built it and what he’s been using it for,
    2. The technical aspects of his modeling efforts,
    3. Discuss the current status of the model, for the goal of submitting it for merit evaluation, and he will
    4. Discuss the to-be-dones for the goal of submitting them for merit evaluation.
  • 2:00 p.m. - Show & Tell: We would like volunteers to present any type of modeling, tool or project they have made or are working on, for a 3-5 minute presentation. Please email Ryan to be put on the list for Show & Tell.
  • 2:15 p.m. - Clinic #2: The 2nd clinic is being finalized right now.
  • 3:00 p.m. - End of the Silent Auction: The end of the Silent Auction begins at 3:00 p.m. and all winning items will be distributed at this time.

March 12, 2022, Saturday, Noon - 3 p.m. Layout Tour

The March Layout Tour is almost finalized. There is a good possibility this layout tour is one that you'll want to take many pictures, ask a lot of questions about the amazing details of the layout and will be a layout tour you won't want to miss.

  • Layout Tour: Is almost finalized.
  • Date: Saturday, March 12, 2022
  • Time: Noon - 3 p.m.
  • Masks: Please wear a mask for this event.

March 27, 2022, Sunday, Noon - 4 p.m. Special Event: Garden Railroad Open House and Layout Tour

Bob Treat's Snow Creek RailroadThe members of the San Diego Division have a special invitation to visit Bob Treat's Snow Creek Railroad and Open House in late March. The layout tour guests will include members of the San Diego Garden Railway Society (that Bob is a member of) and the San Diego Division.

Even though Bob is not a member of the San Diego Division, he has graciously invited all members of the San Diego Division to participate in his Garden Railroad Open House and Layout Tour.

  • Date: Sunday, March 27, 2022
  • Time: Noon - 4 p.m.
  • Location: Ryan will send a special email with the address for this event to San Diego Division members.
  • Food: Food and drinks will be provided.
  • Masks: Vaccinations and boosters are required but masks are optional.
  • More About Bob Treat's Railroad:
    • The Snow Creek Railroad is a present day freelance narrow gauge industrial railroad and the era is from the 1960s to present. The Garden Railroad originally had a continuous loop track but over the years, Bob has changed the railroad to be a point-to-point railroad and has made his railroad for Operations Sessions.
    • Bob has been working on updating and doing restoration work on his railroad for many months now and this will be a fantastic opportunity to see his newly restored, visually unique, and John Allen-like outdoor garden model railroad. This will also be a good opportunity to socialize with other model railroaders. The current layout you'll see during this Layout Tour is the third complete remodeling of his outdoor railroad.
    • There is a nice fleet of steam locomotives and rolling stock for the railroad. Needless to say, the locomotives are powered by batteries and radio-controlled throttles are used to control the locomotives.
    • The railroad has a mainline track, industry spurs, large picturesque wooden trestles, multiple detailed beautiful buildings, incredible rock formations and more. The buildings are either modified kits or scratch built from wood, acrylic, styrene or high density urethane (Precision Board).
    • Bob uses Switch Lists for his Operations Sessions and each train has an engineer and conductor. During Operations sessions, the railroad can easily accommodate two trains with operators.
    • There is also an Inglenook Sidings switching puzzle on the railroad which is a fun exercise to be part of when Operation Sessions take place. While exploring his railroad, please remember to find Bob's Inglenooks Sidings switching puzzle.

Online Article: The latest article published about Bob's outdoor railroad, is here online as a special feature article in the Garden Railroading News, July/August 2021, Issue 4, Page 7.

April 9, 2022, Saturday. Layout Tour.

The April Meet will take place on Saturday, April 9, 2022.

  • Layout Tour: The layout tour is almost finalized.
  • Date: Saturday, April 9, 2022
  • Time: Noon - 3 p.m.
  • Masks: Please wear a mask for this event.

May 14, 2022, Saturday. Short Track Railroad (model railroad club) Layout Tour and Division Meet.

The agenda for this event will include a layout tour of the N scale Short Track Railroad club and our will include our Division Meet. More information to follow.

  • Layout Tour: The N scale Short Track Railroad layout tour.
  • Meet: More information about the Meet will be posted closer to the date of the Meet.
  • Date: Saturday, May 14, 2022
  • Time: To be determined.
  • Location: Short Track Railroad, 2040 N. Santa Fe Ave, Vista, CA 92083
  • Masks: Please wear a mask for this event.


2022 Past Events

January 8, 2022, Saturday, Noon - 3 p.m. Layout Tour

  • Rob's layout tourLayout Tour: Rob will be providing us with a tour of his modern freight and intermodal railroad HO scale layout. His freelance layout has been made for Operations Sessions.
  • Date: January 8, 2022
  • Time: Noon - 3 p.m.
  • Masks: Please wear a mask for this event.
  • More about Rob's layout tour and his interests in the model railroad hobby:
    • When Rob started in the model train hobby in the 1970s, he originally collected Life-Like Trains, Tyco Toys and Athearn Blue Box trains and he has sold all of these models. Rob started to get serious about the hobby in the 1980s and started purchasing high quality model trains.
    • Rob's current layout was started about four years ago in 2017 in a purpose built building for model railroading. The layout is still under construction.
    • The HO scale freelance model railroad layout has a locomotive repair building, an intermodal facility, several industries, a railroad yard, several towns, a gas station with a large parking lot, a diner with a large parking lot, a farm, a bus station, has many vehicles and there's more.
    • Rob likes high quality rolling stock and has a collection of the following manufacturers: ScaleTrains, Athearn Trains Genesis, Athearn Trains Ready To Roll, Rapido Trains, Inc., Tangent Scale Models, Atlas Model Railroad Co., Inc., BLMA Models (out of business), ExactRail, Spring Mills Depot, North American Railcar Corporation, American Limited Models, InterMountain Railway Co., Arrowhead Models, Oriental Limited (out of business), Overland Models, Inc., E&P Associates (out of business, most likely), Alco Models (out of business), Trainworx Inc., Broadway Limited Imports, Fox Valley Models, Centrailia Car Shop (possibly out of business), Blueford Shops, W&R Enterprises (possibly out of business), Pecos River Brass, Challenger Imports (out of business), Division Point, Walthers Proto, Walthers Mainline, Bowser Mfg., Moloco, PT Trains (intermodal containers), Lonestar International Trucks (semi-truck models made out of metal), Model Power (semi-trucks), Trucks N Stuff and possibly more.
    • The backdrop for the layout is a seamless backdrop, please remember to ask Rob how the backdrop was made. You might want to ask how the backdrop was installed as well.
    • Be sure to also ask Rob about his DCC/Sound & DC programming track. You might want to take notes!
  • Follow-Up: We had a fantastic layout tour with 30 people attending. Here is a big thank you to Rob for his hospitality and allowing us to see how he enjoys the model train hobby first hand.
    • By the way, Rob's programming/test track is a double mainline track that is 20 feet long and there is a turnout on the track. The entire test track has scenery and has a backdrop. The programming track can be powered by DC or DCC at the flip of a toggle switch.
    • His layout has all the track laid, buildings set, all the accoutrements are on the layout, the scenery completed and the backdrop is finished. There are still a few details that need to be added or revised; otherwise, the layout is complete. Upon close inspection, you'll find there are a certain number of rail cars which have been modified with custom details.
    • Rob's layout is ready for Operations Sessions and approximately 4-5 people would be needed when Operations Sessions occur.


Note: Pacific Daylight Time starts March 13, 2022 and Pacific Standard Time starts November 6, 2022. In the USA, in general, Daylight Time starts the second Sunday of March and Standard Time begins the first Sunday in November. In Europe, summer time begins the last Sunday of March and ends on the last Sunday in October.

We do not have a physical office, permanent meeting room or layout. Each month, we meet at various locations throughout San Diego County. With the exception of during a pandemic, we hold virtual meetings.