I’m recovering from a busy RPM Chicagoland weekend in Lisle, IL. The days seemed to blur right by like a speeding train. I took some notes to offer a summary. If you haven’t attended a railroad prototype modeler (RPM) meet, I encourage you to take action and attend a meet near you. The RPM event calendar is updated frequently with dates and links to these events around the country.
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.
The recent St. Louis RPM meet was well attended with more than 650 through the doors. Additionally, there were nearly 3000 wonderful models displayed. Bill Welch sent along his thoughts on the meet with a few photos. Links to photo galleries are posted at the end. Here’s Bill!
Here is my take on what I saw and heard at the St. Louis RPM. Bob’s Photo had about 20 binders that he characterized as new photos, both color and B&W, in addition to his usual array of old milk crates of photos sorted by railroad.
Planning for RPM events continues through the year. Mike Skibbe sent updates for the 2018 RPM Chicagoland meet. Dates are set for October 18 – 20, 2018. Here are some details Mike shared.
- Bon French, chairman of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art, will be the Thursday evening Banquet speaker.
- It’s the 25th anniversary of this RPM conference! There will be a special Friends of the Freight Car dinner and celebration with Tricia Lofton as honored guest.
- The 2018 mini-kit will be a Fruit Growers Express truss rod reefer
Registration is now live, so make plans to attend and bring your models to display!
Here’s the registration link.
Resin Car Works update for the RPM
The Resin Car Works minions have been busy prepping a new release for the 2018 RPM Chicagoland. An HO scale, 50-foot 10-foot 5-inch interior height, Soo automobile boxcar is in the works. These will feature new etched brass ladders from Plano Model Products. Decals and detail parts are in hand. The master patterns are complete and should be cast soon.
These Plano ladders will be available later this summer (2018). If they sell well, additional variations will be added to the Plano line.