Golden Gate American Flyer Club
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Announcing Flyer Fest West 2024

Saturday, August 10th, 2024
Basque Cultural Center - 599 Railroad Ave. - South San Francisco, CA

Trading Hall open from 10 am to 3 pm
Tables $20 if ordered before July 15th, 2024 - $25 thereafter
Banquet 6 pm - $55
Entree Choice:  Filet Mignon with Shallot Sauce or Salmon with Champagne Sauce.

Flyer Fest 2 Car Set
Commemorating the upcoming 90th Anniversary of the
Opening of the Golden Gate Bridge

2 Car Set - $170  Shipping (USPS Priority Mail) $15
(Made by Lionel)

Purchase includes our special membership for the remainder of the year which entitles you to participate in our discussion group and our monthly Zoom meetings, which supplement our in person meetings. 

Golden Gate Bridge Car Order Form  Flyer Fest 2024 Registration

State Belt 1937 State Belt 2027

The State Belt Railroad of California

The State Belt Railroad was a short line that connected the docks on the East side of the city with the industries of the city. It went from the Southeast edge of the city to the north central area near North Beach and the Presidio which lies at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. In the 1930's the railroad was operated by the State of California, which also owned the Port of San Francisco.  It was later operated by the City of San Francisco after the port was placed in city ownership and took on the name San Francisco Belt Railroad.

Our cars represent the railroad as it was in the 1930's. The cars are perfect behind a Docksider or an 0-6-0 as the railroad operated both tank and 0-6-0 switchers. Flat cars are just about the only type of car the State Belt Railroad owned, but they moved a lot of other cars of the Southern Pacific, Western Pacific, and Santa Fe. One car is numbered 1937 for the year the bridge opened and the other is numbered 2027 the year when the 90th Anniversary of that opening will be celebrated. The bridge was constructed between 1934 and 1937. The cars will come in a commemorative specially decorated box, making it a unique item for your collection.

Each car will come in a specially designed box as shown below

Box View 1 Box view 2

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Current Activities & Meeting Reports

Flyer Fest West CarsAbout our Club

The purpose of the club is to promote interest, fellowship and cooperation among persons interested in any facet of American Flyer S Gauge Model Railroading, including collecting and operating.  Many of our members also have an interest in other Gilbert products and pre-Gilbert American Flyer.

We were originally founded in 1970 as the East and West Bay S gauge Model Railroad Club.  Today the Golden Gate American Flyer Club is group of American Flyer enthusiasts from all parts of the San Francisco Bay Area.  We also have members in other parts of Northern California and even outside the state.

We have a modular group within our club which displays its modules at various train shows in Northern California.   See our
Facebook page for some photos of our latest presentations at local train shows.

Every three years we sponsor Flyerfest West.  In other years, we coordinate with the Sacramento Valley American Flyer Club's Flyerfest West and the Southern California S-Gaugers, who sponsor S-Fest West.   Both of these take place in the each of the two years between our Flyerfests.

We hold official monthly in person meetings at the homes of our members, most often on Friday night or Saturday afternoon.  Those meetings can also be attended via Zoom.   We also have an additional informal Zoom meeting on the first Sunday evening of the month.   A business meeting is conducted but the meetings also provide a chance to visit and enjoy the layouts of fellow members.  Meetings usually feature a show and tell session and members are encouraged to bring items for sale.  Click on the "Meetings" above for details.