RPM Updates

Summer is winding down but the Railroad Prototype Modeler (RPM) season is heating up! There are seven RPM events in the upcoming months, plus Prototype Rails kicks off 2019. Let’s review the upcoming events.

  • Blaine Hadfield of Arrowhead Models presents the Mountain States RPM on Saturday September 8, in the Evanston, WY, roundhouse and car shops.
  • Bernie Kempinski and his troops have been busy organizing the Mid-Atlantic RPM. This will be September 21 & 22 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Baltimore near the BWI Airport.
  • The Michiana NMRA Division presents Modeling Like a PROtotype Conference,  September 21 & 22, at the Aloft Hotel, South bend, IN.
  • Jeff Smith debuts the LA Area Prototype Modelers Meet on October 6, at the Encounter Christian Church in Bellflower, CA.
  • Mike Skibbe and his minions have been prepping the RPM Chicagoland conference for October 18-20 in Lisle, IL. This is a big one celebrating the 25th Anniversary of this RPM in metro-Chicago.
  • Tony Sissons and crew are pulling details together for RPM Carolinas: School of Railway Prototype Modeling on October 19 & 20 in Winston-Salem, NC.
  • Ted DiIorio and his squad have another Garden State RPM set for Saturday November 3 in Scotch Plains, NJ.
  • Rounding out the year, the Mid-Continent Prototype Modelers Meet is taking shape for November 10 & 11 in Benton, KS
  • Mike Brock and his team will kick off 2019 with a warm reception at Prototype Rails on January 10-12, 2019 in Cocoa Beach, FL.

The Coalfields RPM that was set for Roanoke this fall has been cancelled.

Check the RPM Event Calendar for details and links to make your plans. Pack some models to display. They can be completed or in-process. I’m hoping to attend at least one more event this year. Maybe I’ll see you there!

Eric Hansmann

RPM Chicagoland update

RPM Chicagoland is celebrating a 25th anniversary this fall. It was founded by Martin Lofton and considered to be one of the first RPM events. Mike Skibbe is leading the charge now and is ready to announce the 2019 mini-kit attendees.

This year a FGEX truss rod reefer will be the gift. A fine reference article on these cars can be found in Speedwitch Media’s “Prototype Railroad Modeling – Volume Two”. In HO scale, an Accurail reefer body and a Tichy underframe are the core parts. Resin cast prototype details are installed to reflect prototype practice. Chief RCW minion Frank Hodina has the “concept” model just about ready for the paint booth. The side grabs and ladders haven’t been installed yet so the car body is easier to paint

As this is the “concept” model, some styrene parts were used. Resin parts will be issued in the final version.

The combined Fruit Growers Express, Western Fruit Express and Burlington Refrigerator Express fleets of 1948 totaled 4,066 truss rod cars in service. This was 21.12% of the 20,213 car total for these three companies. Some cars had angled queenposts and some had short, straight queenposts similar to the parts for this model. This mini-kit for RPM Chicagoland attendees will enable an easy conversion of the Accurail body to reflect another prototype.

Mike Skibbe hopes to have similar mini-kits available in other scales for RPM Chicagoland attendees.

5 thoughts on “RPM Updates

  1. When were these cars first built? I model 1914 and am wondering they were around then. The truss rods suggest they were but they sure ran a long time with those!

  2. Ah HA!
    Last year I gave away my free mini-kit as it was out of my era!
    Not this year!!!

  3. Thanks for the RPM info. Would love to come to Chicago but that is a scheduling problem for us. Falls are very busy with granddaughters cheer leading competition.

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