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 550+ friends and fellow prototype modelers
at the nation's largest Prototype Modeler's Meet.
Over 28,000-square feet of high-quality models, displays, visiting prototype layouts, hands-on learning centers, and more in the modern, professional Gateway Convention Center. Presentations by nationally-recognized historians and modelers. Over 20 Railroad Historical Societies. 120 tables of scale model vendorsno swap meet stuff! Thousands of models brought by modelers like you will be on display. 3 high-quality modular layouts in-house, in HO and O. Home layout tours. Evening social events, fellowship, door prizes and 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.
of the St. Louis RPM is YOUR MODELS!
Bring your models, finished or in progress, for display and discussion.
This is a
modelers event! Bring your models of all scales, gauges,
and sizes from all eras. Attendees bring 3,500+ models 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 teach,
learn, collaborate, and meet your fellow modelers from around the
nation. Help us hit our goal of 5,000 Models this year!
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.
THIS YEAR OUR FOCUS IS ON THE GRAIN INDUSTRY!
St. Louis RPM 2018 features 22 hand-picked clinicsincluding many topics on grain handling by the railroadsby nationally-known modelers and historians and great local talent. Presentations begin at 9:30 a.m. both days. This years event features Jack Burgess, Ted Culotta, Bob Rivard & Frank Jordan, Jim Dufor, Mont Switzer, Trevor Marshall, James McNabb, Jeff Otto, John, Greene, Tim VanMersbergen, Steve Hile, David Lehlbach, Bill Welch, Ron Christiansen, Ryan Crawford, Rein Vanderhill, Brian Banna, Randy Laframboise, Brian Flynn, Dennis Eggert and more, all discussing the prototype and how to model it.
Dan Holbrook hosts this year's Friday Night Slideshow with a beautiful presentation on Bulk Grain Handling by Rail.
Clinic schedules will be available soon!
2018 HANDS-ON LEARNING STATIONS
In addition to clinics, St. Louis RPM features nationally-recognized modelers demonstrating and teaching a wide variety of modeling techniques in the main ballroom. SEVEN hands-on exhibitors will be in-house, demonstrating and teaching modeling skills like weathering, track-building, airbrushing and more, all hands-on. These are free for attendees--just pull up a chair and get involved!
Speedwich Media and Bethlehem Car Works will provide HO scale kitbashing clinics, including models plus a detailed clinic on the prototype and how to build the model.
Jack Burgess will provide a clinic on 3-D printing, plus provide small-group, hands-on how-to clinics on the main floor.
Brian Post from the Gateway NMRA will be providing hands-on JMRI help.
Loksound and SoundTraxx will be available to provide help too!
BRING YOUR MODELS FOR DISPLAY!
Help us hit our goal of 5,000 models!
St. Louis RPM includes an exciting lineup of scale model vendors. No swap meet stuff!
Coming this year: Tangent Scale Models, Speedwitch, Kadee, Yarmouth, Cannon & Company, True Line Trains, Intermountain, Iowa Scaled Engineering, Rapido, Mask Island, Plano Model Products, Q Connection, Rails Unlimited, Lonestar Models, ExactRail, Rocket Express, Oak Hill Model RR Supply, Rails Unlimited, SoundTraxx, Modern O Scale, Protocraft, Bluford Shops, Athearn, ScaleTrains, Custom Finishing, Chad Boas/Model RR Supply, Moon Dog, ESU - LokSound, Arrowhead Models, lots of photo dealers like Bobs Photos and Mainline, and too many more to mention. The 1/87 Vehicle Club will be here too with displays and vendors!
RAILROAD HISTORICAL SOCIETIES
Dont miss the largest annual gathering of railroad historical societies in the U.S.! 16 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.
The HO scale Ohio Valley Sipping & Switching Society will be in-house!
Home layouts by John Schindler, Bob Brady and Mike Wise, all in southwest county, will open for tours on Friday evening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. for registered attendees only. Maps, directions and more information will be available at the meet.
RPM SOCIAL EVENTS
Meet us at Bandanas BBQ (4 Commerce Drive, Collinsville, IL 62234) at 6 p.m. on Thursday for our annual, informal 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, join us a special slideshow and pizza at the Center starting at 7:30 p.m. and later, well have the RPM Roundup at the Double Tree lounge until 10:00 p.m.
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 !
Hotel information can be found here.
SEE YOU AT ST. LOUIS RPM !
Contact John Golden
at Golden1014@yahoo.com or Lonnie Bathurst at email@example.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.