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S-FEST HISTORY

est. 1976

 

A History of S Fest Through The Cars

YEAR

S Fest Car

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Host

Club

Historical Information
1976

1st

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Photo: Glenn Sarlitto

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C.A.S.G , B.S.G.

The first S Fest car was a Custom painted AF hopper.

Hosted by the  C.A.S.G.

How did S Fest get started?
Pete [Jugle] and I started Fall-S-Fest after C.A.S.G. hosted the N.A.S.G. Annual Meet in 1975. As part of the Fests, an annual car was made for commemorative purposes...and to pay the bills. 
--- L. Andrew Jugle

Most of the early S Fest cars were shells only. The buyer had to add a chassis, trucks, and couplers to complete the car.
--- Art Doty

1977

2nd

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Photo from Chuck Porter's collection

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C.A.S.G , B.S.G.

The 1977 car was an AF shell from Hobby Surplus Sales custom decorated by Ken Hein.

Hosted by the  C.A.S.G.

Who hosted the first S Fest?
The C.A.S.G. hosted first meets, then B.S.G. was added. In early 80's ['86] S.L.S.G. was added and in 90's ['95] St. Louis was added to cycle.  
--- L. Andrew Jugle

1978

3rd

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Photo: Glenn Sarlitto

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B.S.G., C.A.S.G

The 1978 car was an AF shell  from Hobby Surplus Sales custom decorated as a Milwaukee Road bay window caboose.

Hosted by the  B.S.G. at the Steeplechase Inn at Pewaukee, WI., Oct. 27, 28, and 29. 

Where do the cars come from?
The Original concept was to repaint common cars (bought or donated) using a design generated by members. Currently, manufactured cars with an overstamp are being used. Hobby and business are two different entities.    
--- L. Andrew Jugle

1979

4th

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Photos from Chuck Porter's collection

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C.A.S.G., B.S.G.

In 1979 you had a choice of a custom painted AF gondola from Hobby Surplus Sales or single dome tank car.

CARLOADS OF SUPERFUN

RAILROADING IS FULL OF THRILLING ACTION AND SPECTACULAR DRAMA
- SUPERMAN 1948

The inside of the gondola contains a sticker indicating that it was "Custom Painted and Decaled by Ken Hein"

There was a receipt packaged with the tank car indicating that the price was $7.00. The $7.00 charge covered the custom paint and decals. The buyer had to provide the tank car shell to have it decorated.
--- Art Doty

Hosted by the  C.A.S.G.

Were other cars available? If you have any information please let Rick Wade know.

1980

5th

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Photo: Mark Gaddy

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C.A.S.G, B.S.G.

The "car" for this year was a custom painted AF tender shell from Hobby Surplus Sales decorated by Ken Hein.

"S" GAUGE IS STILL GROWING

Buyers could provide their own locomotive shell to be custom decorated by Ken Hein.
--- Art Doty

Hosted by the  C.A.S.G.

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BSG

In 1980 the B.S.G. hosted the 20th annual N.A.S.G convention in Milwaukee. The convention car was a repainted AF gondola from Hobby Surplus Sales.

The inside of this car contains a sticker indicating that it was "Custom Painted and Decaled by Ken Hein".

The NASG logo marked 20th Anniversary 1960-1980 with NASG and BSG lettering. Look at this car closely. Instead of the "BSG" abbreviation for Badgerland S Gaugers the designers chose to use "BASG".

Was this a joint meet or two separate events?  If you have any information please let Rick Wade know.

1981

6th

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Photo: Mark Gaddy

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C.A.S.G , B.S.G.

Custom painted AF shell

35th YEAR OF AMERICAN FLYER S GAUGE AND STILL GROWING

The inside of this car contains a sticker indicating that it was "Custom Painted and Decaled by Ken Hein"

Hosted by the  C.A.S.G.

1982

7th

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Photo from Chuck Porter's collection

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C.A.S.G , B.S.G.

 The convention "car" was a tender from Hobby Surplus Sales repainted for The Milwaukee Road

Buyers could provide their own AF Pacific shell for custom painting and decaling.
-- Art Doty

Hosted by the  C.A.S.G.

1983

8th

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Photo: Mark Gaddy

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C.A.S.G , B.S.G.

AF flat car from Hobby Surplus Sales

The bottom of this car contains a sticker indicating that it was "Custom Painted and Decaled by Ken Hein"
--- Mark Gaddy

Hosted by the  C.A.S.G.

1984

9th

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Photo from Chuck Porter's collection

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C.A.S.G , B.S.G.

AF Flat from Hobby Surplus Sales custom painted and lettered with Erector and AF stamps on containers.

The cars came from Hobby Surplus undecorated. The load was made by John Wickland from a block of wood and lettered with a rubber stamp.
--- Art Doty

Hosted by the  C.A.S.G.

1985

10th

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Photo from Chuck Porter's collection

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B.S.G., C.A.S.G.

AF Gondola with LCL containers

The load looks like it was made from a block of wood and lettered with a rubber stamp. Was this made by club members for the car?

Hosted by the  B.S.G.

Was this car made by AF for the show? The sample shell I have doesn't show signs of being a repaint or of ever having trucks attached. If you have any information please let Rick Wade know.

1986

11th

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Photo from Chuck Porter's collection

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 SLSG, C.A.S.G , B.S.G.

AF Gondola from Hobby Surplus Sales w/coal load

The sample shell doesn't show signs of being a repaint or of ever having trucks attached so these shells were probably purchased undecorated.

The coal load is a Custom Casting by Don's Depot, Monroe Center, Il. It also was packed with an Ace scale truck conversion kit.

Hosted by the  SLSG in South Beloit. This was the first S Fest hosted by the SLSG.

1987

12th

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Photo from Chuck Porter's collection

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C.A.S.G , B.S.G., SLSG

 K-Line triple dome tanker

Hosted by the  C.A.S.G.

By this time most of the AF shells from Hobby Surplus Sales had been sold or used. The O-27 cars from K-line were found to be closer to "S" scale then "O". Therefore, it was decided to go ahead and use them.
--- Art Doty

I might mention that when BSG or CASG, John Wickland or Pete Jugle ,respectively, purchased cars it was usually (I think) about double what was going to be used for one S Fest. That way they got a better price & they also had cars for another upcoming S Fest.
--- Art Doty

1988

13th

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Photo: Mark Gaddy

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B.S.G., C.A.S.G., S.L.S.G

Repaint of an AF shell from Hobby Surplus Sales.

S GAUGERS UNITE

Hosted by the  B.S.G.

1989

14th

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Photo from Chuck Porter's collection

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 B.S.G., C.A.S.G., S.L.S.G

K-Line stock car

Hosted by the B.S.G.

This was an O-27 shell and chassis from K-Line. We figured it was close enough for "S".
--- Art Doty

1990

15th

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Photo from Chuck Porter's collection

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S.L.S.G, C.A.S.G., B.S.G.

K-Line box car

Hosted by the S.L.S.G. in South Beloit commemorating the 10th anniversary of the S.L.S.G. club.

This was an O-27 shell and chassis from K-Line. We figured it was close enough for "S".
--- Art Doty

 

1991

16th

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Car from Brad Nelson's collection. Photo by Jeff Madden.

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B.S.G., C.A.S.G., S.L.S.G.

Heavyweight passenger car

Hosted by the  B.S.G.

Whose idea was the Passenger train?
After a run of freight cars and an engine, in the late 80's John Wickland proposed using NEW SHELLS from Instrument Design to do a passenger train. Since this would take a helluva lot of cash, John took a poll and and signed up ADVANCE payments forming a Booster Club that would guarantee whole set would be built. This was when heavyweights were unavailable and AF originals were hovering at $100 each. The cars were offered as  THE regular Fall-S-Fest cars.
--- L. Andrew Jugle

1992

17th

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Car from Brad Nelson's collection. Photo by Jeff Madden.

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B.S.G., C.A.S.G., S.L.S.G.

Heavyweight passenger car

Hosted by the  B.S.G. at the Ramada Inn in Milwaukee.

What's the Jugle car?
About the third year, Pete passed away and John Wickland named the next car after Pete. Confusion has reigned about Fall-S-Fest cars from people not clear on the concept or history and has been further clouded by the local cars made by sponsoring clubs during their hosting of meet.
--- L. Andrew Jugle

1993

18th

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Car from Brad Nelson's collection. Photo by Jeff Madden.

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S.L.S.G., C.A.S.G.,  B.S.G.

Heavyweight passenger car

Hosted by the  S.L.S.G. at the Holiday Inn in S. Beloit, WI.

1994

19th

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Car from Brad Nelson's collection. Photo by Jeff Madden.

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 C.A.S.G., S.L.S.G., B.S.G.

Heavyweight passenger car

Hosted by the  C.A.S.G.  Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the C.A.S.G.

1995

20th

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Photo: Mark Gaddy

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Photo from Ed Stetzenbach's collection.

 

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Car from Brad Nelson's collection. Photo by Jeff Madden.

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AFSGSLA

Heavyweight passenger car

Monsanto Chemicals Tank
Manufactured by AF/Lionel #48495

The rare orange shell variation was a limited run for awards. A few were offered at the S Fest auction. 

Hosted by the AFSGSLA at the Holiday Inn in Collinsville, MO.
1996

21st

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Car from Brad Nelson's collection. Photo by Jeff Madden.

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B.S.G., C.A.S.G., S.L.S.G., AFSGSLA

Heavyweight passenger car

Hosted by the B.S.G. at the Holiday Inn in Milwaukee, WI.

1997

22nd

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Photo from Chuck Porter's collection

 

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Car from Brad Nelson's collection. Photo by Jeff Madden.

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S.L.S.G., B.S.G., C.A.S.G.,  AFSGSLA

Heavyweight passenger car

Repaint of AF flat car lettered for Illinois Central Gulf  with Farmall H tractor load

Hosted by the S.L.S.G. at the Holiday Inn in S. Beloit, WI.

The tractors were produced by Ertl. There were 3 or 4 different tractor loads available.
--- Art Doty

The car has no club initials to identify the host clubs.

1998

23rd

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C.A.S.G., S.L.S.G., B.S.G.,  AFSGSLA

American Hi-Rail shell to fit Gilbert Flyer Alco frame. Painted in the CNW colors

Hosted by the C.A.S.G. at the Holiday Inn in Matteson, IL.

1999

24th

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Photo: Mark Gaddy

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AFSGSLA

Monsanto Chemicals Hopper
Manufactured by AF/Lionel #48215

Hosted by the AFSGSLA at the Holiday Inn in St. Louis, MO.

2000

25th

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Photo: Mac McGrath

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B.S.G., C.A.S.G., S.L.S.G., AFSGSLA

Milwaukee Road Wooden Sided Reefer
Manufactured by Crown Models #25251, 25252, 25253, 25254, 25255, 25256, and 25257

Hosted by the B.S.G. at the Waukesha County Expo Center in Waukesha, WI. October 27-29, 2000. Celebration of the Silver Anniversary of the Fall S Fest and 25 years of the Badgerland S Gaugers. 

2001

26th

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S.L.S.G., B.S.G., C.A.S.G.,  AFSGSLA

CGW boxcar manufactured by S-Helper Service

Hosted by the S.L.S.G at the Holiday Inn of Greater Beloit Wisconsin.

 

2002

27th

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C.A.S.G., AFSGSLA , B.S.G., S.L.S.G.

Hosted by the Chicagoland Association of S Gaugers 

Oct 11-13, 2002

 

A few Northern refrigerator cars still remaining. 

If interested click here

2003

28th

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Courtesy of:
 Gary H. Brandenburger, D.Sc
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C.A.S.G., AFSGSLA , B.S.G., S.L.S.G.

The CN flatcar and the NW trailer apart in the styrofoam holder in which they were shipped. This view also shows the included scale wheels that may be substituted for the Flyer- compatible wheels on the car when shipped.
Hosted by AFSGSLA in St Louis

2004

29th

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C.A.S.G., AFSGSLA , B.S.G., S.L.S.G.

Milwaukee Road Blue Ice Reefer

Hosted by the Badgerland
S-Gaugers on October 
29, 30, & 31st

A few cars still remaining. If interested click here

2005

30th

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C.A.S.G., AFSGSLA , B.S.G., S.L.S.G.

Union Pacific "Piggyback" Flat Car with Trailer Loads # 2530

Hosted by the S.L.S.G

A few cars still remaining. If interested click here

2006

31st

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C.A.S.G., AFSGSLA , B.S.G., S.L.S.G.

2006 Box Car
2006 S-Fest semi-trailer trucks made by Tonkin. 1/64 scale die cast. Mack CJ Coe tractor, with bull nose trailer, with S-Fest-logo.

A few semi trucks still remaining. If interested click here

Hosted by Chicagoland S-gaugers

2007

32nd

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C.A.S.G., AFSGSLA , B.S.G., S.L.S.G.

Car #1: A Union Pacific Railroad “Generator Car,” produced by Lionel, L.L.C. as American Flyer Stock No. 6-48261
Car #2:  An MKT “Katy” Railroad TOFC Flatcar with a Campbell Express Trailer, produced in the USA by American Models 

Hosted by AFSGSLA in St. Louis on November 2 thru 4, 2007, at the St. Louis Airport Marriott Hotel

2008

33rd



C.A.S.G., AFSGSLA , B.S.G., S.L.S.G.

2008  S-Fest car is a representation of Weber Beer car from the Weber Brewery out of Waukesha WI. 

Hosted by BSG in at the Wyndham Milwaukee Airport Convention Center on November 14-16, 2008

2009

34th

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S.L.S.G.
C.A.S.G., B.S.G. AFSGSLA ,

2009  S-Fest car is a representation of an authentic 40' Rebuilt Steel Boxcar from Chicago - Rock Island - and Pacific by American Models 

Hosted by SLSG in at the Clocktower Inn Rockford IL on November 6-8, 2009

2010

35th

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CASG
SLSG, AFSGSLA
BSG

“Around Not Through Chicago

was the slogan for the 2010 eventOne with be the all green car with orange lettering and the other will be the orange over green car with the opposite color lettering. Both carry the Chicago’s Outer Belt herald and reference Elgin , Joliet and Eastern Railway Hosted by CASG Oct 22-23, 2010 at Tinley Park IL

2011

36th


CASG
SLSG, AFSGSLA
BSG

"IT'S JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT...A FAMILY AFFAIR!" 

was the slogan for the 2011 hosted by AFSGLA at St Louis airport Marriot Hotel on October 28th, 29th & 30th.
Chicago & North Western "Safety & Generator Car" and the CB&Q Railroad TOFC Flatcar with Burlington Transportation Company trailer were the cars available for the event

2012

37th

CASG
SLSG, AFSGSLA
BSG

SOO LINE IN WISCONSIN

was the theme for 2012 in memory of Chuck Porter who modeled the line and passed away in 2011. Hosted by the Badgerland S-Gaugers for 2012 the meet was held in Waukesha (Pewaukee) on November 3,4, & 5th of 2012 at the Milwaukee Marriott West Convention Center and Hotel. 

SOO Line gondola and loads were the commemorative cars available for this event. 

2013

38th



CASG
SLSG, AFSGSLA
BSG

 

S-fest 2013 is held in Janesville and hosted by State Line S Gaugers. The location Holiday Inn Express. The 2013 Fall S Fest car is an American Flyer Type Car Produced by Pikesville Models.

2014

39th

 
2015

40th


S-Fest 2015 was held in the Saint Louis Doubletree Westport Hotel and the Theme was "Just For The Fun of It...A Family Affair". The cars were manufactured by Lionel. Termed as "The Monsanto tank car that AC Gilbert might have produced".
2016

41st



CASG
SLSG, AFSGSLA
BSG
S-fest 2016 is held in Oconomowoc WI and hosted by Badgerland S Gaugers. The Location is Olympia Resort and Conference Center

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