2017 ST. LOUIS
RAILROAD PROTOTYPE MODELER'S MEET

Co-Sponsored by the Gateway Division, NMRA

Our ELEVENTH Year! St. Louis RPM Meet will be held on Friday, June 23rd and Saturday, June 24th, 2017
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. 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! June 23rd & 24th 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.

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 2,500 models brought by attendees in 2016!

Featuring the 55 x 15-foot Modutrak N Scale Layout, Jim Canter's traveling P48 layout, and the Mudhens in HOn3!

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.


2017 CLINICS

We’re expanding! This year we’re featuring 22 clinics by nationally-known modelers and historians and great local talent. Presentations begin at 9:30 a.m. both days. This year we’re proud to feature Tony Thompson, Bernie Kempinski, Dan Holbrook, David Lehlbach, Ted Culotta, Ed Hawkins, Clark Propst, Matt Herman, Paul Ellis, Ryan Crawford, Rob Adams and more, all discussing the prototype and how to model it.
Presentations begin at 9:30 a.m. both days.



2017 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!

Matt Herman of
Loksound will bring a Loksound programmer – bring your Loksound engines for programming, including sound updates, function mapping and more! (One locomotive per attendee please)

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.

Badger Airbrush will be here with their full line of airbrushes and acrylic paint for you to try out. No reservations necessary!

New This Year: Jeff Otto, of Oak Hill Model RR Supply, will be on hand to help you scratchbuild turnouts, all day, both days!


BRING YOUR MODELS FOR DISPLAY!


VENDORS
St. Louis’ annual Scale Train Show, featuring 115 tables of hand-picked vendors. No swap meet stuff! This year's manifest includes Speedwitch, Loksound, Tangent Scale Models, ScaleTrains.com, Bob’s Photos, Cannon & Company, Plano Model Products, ICG Custom Decals, Badger Airbrush, Funaro & Camerlengo, Details West, Bethlehem Car Works, Protocraft, Horizon Hobbies, Mike Gruber Photos, Rails Unlimited, Q Connection, Spring Creek Model Trains, ExactRail, John Fuller Photos, Iowa Scaled Engineering, Mask Island Decals, Jim Shaw Photographs, Norris Hobbies, OST Publications, Des Plaines Hobbies, Prairie Railway Display, Moon Dog Rail Cars, Bear Creek Hobbies, Oak Hill Model RR Supply, Ken Donnelly Photos, Red Board Hobbies, Midland Model Works, Classic Trains & Ferraris, Jane’s Tools, Railshop Ltd. and more. Check our website for updates:
http://icg.home.mindspring.com/rpm/stlrpm.htm .

DOOR PRIZES
!

19 RAILROAD HISTORICAL SOCIETIES !
The largest annual gathering of railroad historical societies in the U.S. This year, historical societies representing the New York Central, L&N, Pennsylvania, Wabash, Missouri Pacific, C&EI, Nickel Plate, Terminal RR Association, Central of Georgia, Illinois Central, Illinois Terminal, GM&O, CB&Q, CNW are expected, along with the the National R&LHS and the John 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. Stay tuned for more information.

LAYOUT TOURS !
Home layouts—including Eric Brooman’s fabulous Utah Belt—will be open for tours on Friday evening for registered attendees only. Maps and 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) on Thursday at 6 p.m. for our annual pre-RPM Social. 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—come and go as you please! 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 DoubleTree lounge staring at 10:00pm!

PHOTOS FROM OUR PREVIOUS MEETS

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 (
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 !

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.