2018 ST. LOUIS
RAILROAD PROTOTYPE MODELER'S MEET

Co-Sponsored by the Gateway Division, NMRA

Our Twelfth Year and still growing! The St. Louis RPM Meet will be held on
Friday, July 20th and Saturday, July 21st, 2018
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.


28,000-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. Over 20 Railroad Historical Societies, plus 120 tables of high quality and scale model vendors and manufacturers. No swap meet stuff! Thousands of models brought by modelers like you will be on display. Home layout tours. Socials, Fellowship, Door Prizes and much, much more!

Two Days! July 20th & 21st in Collinsville, IL

This document, including driving directions, can be downloaded as a PDF
here.
Hotel information can be found
here.

The heart of the St. Louis RPM is YOUR MODELS!
Bring your models, finished or in progress, for display and discussion.

This is a modeler’s event! Bring your models of all scales, gauges, and sizes from all eras. Attendees normally bring 3,500 models or more every year—bring yours and be part of the big event! Locomotives, structures, freight cars, dioramas, vehicles are all welcome. 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.

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 6:00 AM on Friday. Sales end at 5:00 P.M. Saturday.


2018 CLINICS

THIS YEAR OUR FOCUS IS ON THE GRAIN INDUSTRY!

St. Louis RPM 2018 features 22 hand-picked clinics—including many topics on grain handling by the railroads—by nationally-known modelers and historians and great local talent. Presentations begin at 9:30 a.m. both days. This year’s event features Jack Burgess, Ted Culotta, Bob Rivard, Dan Holbrook, Mont Switzer, Trevor Marshall, James McNabb, Tim VanMersbergen, Ed Hawkins, David Lehlbach, Ryan Crawford, Brian Banna, John Kohlberg and more, all discussing the prototype and how to model it. Bring your models for our massive display area and be part of the discussion. Clinic schedules will be available soon!


2018 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. SEVEN hands-on exhibitors are expected, showing weathering, track-building, airbrushing and more. These are free for attendees--just pull up a chair and get involved!

Speedwich Media will provide an HO scale mini-kit plus a detailed clinic on the prototype and how to build the model. Our Thanks to Ted Culotta of Speedwitch!

Jack Burgess will provide a clinic on 3-D printing, plus provide small-group, hands-on how-to clinics on the main floor.

More hands-on exhibitors to come, so stay tuned!


BRING YOUR MODELS FOR DISPLAY!


VENDORS
Included as part of St. Louis RPM is list of exciting scale model vendors.
Last year we offered 48 model vendors on 115 tables.
No swap meet stuff!

DOOR PRIZES

RAILROAD HISTORICAL SOCIETIES
Don’t miss the largest annual gathering of railroad historical societies in the U.S.! 20 Railroad Historical Societies, representing railroads from around the U.S., will be on hand with books, maps, reference material, models and more to aid your research and modeling efforts. The popular RAILROAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING will be offered again on Friday evening. Space is limited. Stay tuned for more info.

LAYOUT TOURS
Home layouts will open for tours on Friday evening for registered attendees only. Maps, directions and more information will be available at the meet.

RPM SOCIAL EVENTS
Meet us at Bandana’s BBQ (4 Commerce Drive, Collinsville, IL 62234) at 6 p.m. on Thursday 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 bar. On Friday night, we’ll have a PowerPoint and Pizza Party at the Center from 7-9:00 p.m, with two PowerPoint shows, and later the “RPM Roundup” at the Double Tree lounge until 10:00 p.m.! Don’t miss it!


PHOTOS FROM OUR PREVIOUS MEETS

2017 Meet photos can be found at
here
2016 Meet photos can be found at
here
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 2016 video produced by Ken Patterson for Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine
here

ST.LOUIS AREA ATTRACTIONS
Come early and visit the National Museum of Transportation (
Rail Collection Listing)
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 !

HOTELS
Hotel information can be found
here.

SEE YOU AT ST. LOUIS RPM !

Contact John Golden at Golden1014@yahoo.com or Lonnie Bathurst at bathurst@litchfieldil.com (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.