RAILROAD PROTOTYPE MODELER'S MEET
Co-Sponsored by the Gateway Division, NMRA
Our Tenth Year! St.
Louis RPM Meet will be held on Friday, August 12th and Saturday,
August 13th, 2016
at the Gateway Convention Center, One Gateway Drive, Collinsville, IL 62234.
Collinsville is 12 miles east of metro St. Louis on I-55/70.
The meet starts at 9 AM both days.
Connect with friends and fellow prototype modelers at the nation's largest Prototype Modeler's Meet. Over 23,000-sq.ft. of high-quality models, displays, visitng prototype layouts, hands-on workstations and more in the modern, professional Gateway Convention Center. Presentations by nationally-recognized historians and modelers. Railroad Historical Societies, scale model vendors and manufacturers will also be in attendance. Thousands of models brought by modelers on display. Home layout tours, Fellowship, Door Prizes and much, much more!
Two Days! August 12th & 13th in Collinsville, IL
This document, including driving directions, can be downloaded as a PDF here.
Hotel information can be found here.
of the St. Louis RPM is YOUR MODELS!
Bring your models, finished or in progress, for display and discussion.
All scales, gauges,
and models from all eras are welcome; bring locomotives,
structures, freight cars, dioramas, vehicles or other models.
There are no contests. The purpose of our event is to share and
learn new techniques, and meet your fellow modelers from St.
Louis and around the Nation. We had over 2,300 models brought by
attendees in 2015!
Featuring the 65 x 15-foot Modutrak N Scale Layout and FIVE other prototype layouts in HOn3, N, HO and O (P48) that YOU can operate!
BRING YOUR MODELS FOR DISPLAY!
Hours: 9:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M both days. Admission: $25.00 Friday & Saturday, $20.00 Saturday only. Kids under 13 free with paid adult admission. Vendor set-up at 7:00 AM Fri. Sales end at 5:00 P.M. Saturday. This RPM Meet is a not-for-profit event.
St. Louis RPM features nationally-recognized modelers and historians presenting all-new clinics in a relaxed atmosphere..
Presentations begin at 9:30 a.m. both days.
This year we are proud to host Jon Cagle, Gene Semon, Ted Culotta, Roger Hinman, George Eichelberger, Tony Cook, Mike Wise, Michael Petersen and Nathan Holmes, Ed Hawkins, Jeff Eggert, Nick Molo, David Vaughn, Jason Klocke, and Tim Costello, all discussing the prototype and how to model it.
2016 HANDS-ON LEARNING STATIONS
In addition to clinics, St. Louis RPM features nationally-recognized modelers demonstrating a wide variety of modeling techniques in the main ballroom. These are free for attendees--just pull up a chair and get involved!
The Weathering Shop will teach and demonstrate weathering techniques as seen on their website at http://theweatheringshop.com/ Bring your models or buy models at the meet to weather and finish!
Dave Schroedle of Protoweathering.com will offer hands-on weathering clinics all day, both days. Bring your own models or buy them at the meet to learn new finishing skills wsing chalks and weathering powders.
Bill Welch and Badger Airbrush will team up to host a large hands-on airbrush clinic, teaching how to spray acrylics using many different brands of airbrushes. No reservations necessary.
BRING YOUR MODELS FOR DISPLAY!
St. Louis annual Scale Train Show, featuring 100+ tables of hand-picked vendors, including Southern Car & Foundry, Speedwitch, Yarmouth model Works, Abacus.87, ScaleTrains.com, Bobs Photos, Red Cliffs Miniatures, Tangent Scale Models, Cannon, MOLOCO, Plano, ICG Custom Decals, Badger Airbrush, Protocraft, Mike Gruber Photos, Rails Unlimited, Harbor Belt Lines, Q Connection, MinuteMan Models, Spring Creek Model Trains, CRM Hobbies, Bethlehem Car Works, Grex Airbush, Motrak Models, Iowa Scaled Engineering, Mask Island Decals, Ed Stoll Photographs, Jim Shaw Photographs, St. Louis Microtools, Altoona model Works, Norris Hobbies, OST Publications, Prairie Railway Display, Moon Dog Rail Cars, Bear Creek Hobbies, Oak Hill Model RR Supply, and more. The Micro Enginnering rep will be on hand with the all-new HO #5 tournouts!
DOOR PRIZES !
19 RAILROAD HISTORICAL SOCIETIES !
The largest annual gathering of railroad historical societies in the U.S. This year, 19 historical societies representing the New York Central, B&O, Pennsylvania, Southern, Wabash, Missouri Pacific, C&EI, Nickel Plate, Terminal RR Association, ACL, Seaboard, Central of Georgia, Illinois Central, Illinois Terminal, GM&O, CB&Q, Milwaukee Road, and C&NW will be present, along with the R&LHS and the Barriger National Railroad Library, to aid your modeling and research efforts.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING !
The very popular Railroad Historical Society meeting, once again run by the good folks from the MoPac HS, will be held on Friday evening. Space is limited. Contact email@example.com for more information.
LAYOUT TOURS !
Home layouts will be open for tours on Friday evening from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for registered attendees only. Maps and directions and more information will be available at the meet.
PRE-RPM BBQ SOCIAL !
On Thursday, meet us at Bandanas BBQ (4 Commerce Drive, Collinsville, IL 62234) at 6 p.m. for our annual pre-RPM get-together. No reservations necessary. After the BBQ join us at the Double Tree next to the Convention Center for a night cap with your fellow RPMers. Cash barcome and go as you please! On Friday night, well have a PowerPoint and Pizza Party at the Center from 7-9:00 p.m, and later the RPM Roundup at the Double Tree lounge until 10:00 p.m.!
PHOTOS FROM OUR PREVIOUS MEETS
2015 Meet photos can be found at here
... 2014 can be found here
... 2013 can be found here
... 2012 can be found here
... 2011 can be found here
... 2008 can be found here
... 2006 can be found here
... 2005 can be found here
... 2004 can be found here
...and check out the St. Louis RPM 2012 video produced by Ken Patterson for Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine here
ST.LOUIS AREA ATTRACTIONS
Come early and visit the National Museum of Transportation (http://www.transportmuseumassociation.org/exhibits.html)
The John W. Barriger National Railroad Library at the campus of the University of Missouri (http://www.umsl.edu/barriger),
Check out more area attractions at www.stlouisattractions.com and weekend events at explorestlouis.com
BRING YOUR MODELS FOR DISPLAY !
Hotel information can be found here.
SEE YOU AT ST. LOUIS RPM !
Contact John Golden
at Golden1014@yahoo.com or Lonnie Bathurst at firstname.lastname@example.org (217) 556-0314 for additional meet info.
The Gateway Center Website is available at http://www.gatewaycenter.com for additional directions.
We are co-sponsored by the Gateway Division, Mid-Continent Region, National Model Railroad Association. Our friends at the Gateway NMRA can be found here.