As winter loosens its grip, several railroad prototype modeler events are on the RPM event calendar in the weeks and months ahead.
RPM gatherings are set from Vancouver, BC to Farmington, CT, and from Toronto, ON to Savannah, GA. Take a few minutes to review the RPM event calendar for details and links to make plans for the upcoming months. Bring some models to display, whether they are completed or in-process. Maybe I’ll see you at an upcoming RPM!
RPM Chicagoland news
Mike Skibbe has news to share on the RPM Chicagoland event.
For the past four years, Katie and I, plus a dedicated group of volunteers, have rejuvenated the “Naperville” RPM through our work to host the RPM Chicagoland event through its 26th year. This is the first and longest running RPM conference, where we all have a chance to get together with like-minded modelers and share information, presentations, and great modeling.
While the event has been at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Lisle, IL for the last 7 years, the hotel has booked our dates with another group and has not been able to provide a different set of dates that works within the national RPM and Model Railroading calendar. We have also investigated options to move to another hotel, but the price of events in the Chicago market continues to go up. It has pushed other events out, like the O Scale March Meet, which is also having issues supporting increasing ballroom costs.
With the possibility of a pandemic, and all sorts of large national events starting to get cancelled, maybe it was a godsend to not be under contract with a hotel for 2020.
A team of local modelers, under Frank Hodina’s Resin Car Works flag, continues to evaluate options for a 2020 event. Frank will be taking the lead on the event from here on out. If nothing else, focus will shift toward a 2021 event.
On my end, I’m shifting my focus to work with the NMRA on an RPM component to the National Convention. The NMRA has always provided event insurance for RPM meets, and RPM started out at the NMRA national conventions. I discussed the possibility of merging RPM Chicagoland into the NMRA with the core group, as it would solve hotel issues and provide a true national level RPM that moves around the country. However, there are challenges to overcome with that model and a general feeling that RPM Chicagoland should remain separate from the NMRA. RPM Chicagoland will remain separate moving forward.
Thank you to all who donated time and effort to make RPM Chicagoland great these last four years. Katie and I can’t thank the following people enough for helping with administration, mini-kits, presentations and more: Matt Gaudynski, Harz Sondericker, Eric Hansmann, Jeremy and Kristen Dummler, Frank Hodina, Tom Madden, Aaron Gjermundson, Ted Culotta, and the HO and N scale Mod-U-Trak groups.
And we look forward to the 27th show. Please watch the RPM Chicagoland site and the RCW blog for updates.
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