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. Over 480 attendees in 2016! 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! June 23rd & 24th 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 2,500 models brought by
attendees in 2016!
Featuring the 65 x 15-foot Modutrak N Scale Layout and 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.
Were expanding! This year were featuring 22 clinics by nationally-known modelers and historians and great local talent. Presentations begin at 9:30 a.m. both days. This year were proud to host Tony Koester, Tony Thompson, Bernie Kempinski, Dan Holbrooke, David Lehlbach, Ted Culotta, Ed Hawkins, Clark Propst, Paul Ellis, Ryan Crawford 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!
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.
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!
St. Louis annual Scale Train Show, featuring 100+ tables of hand-picked vendors, including Loksound, Speedwitch, Details West, Abacus.87, ScaleTrains.com, Bob's Photos, Tangent Scale Models, Cannon & Company, Plano Model Products, ICG Custom Decals, Badger Airbrush, Funaro & Camerlengo, Mike Gruber Photos, Rails Unlimited, Harbor Belt Lines, Q Connection, Spring Creek Model Trains, CRM Hobbies, John Fuller Photos, Des Plaines Hobbies, Iowa Scaled Engineering, Mask Island Decals, Altoona Model Works, Jim Shaw Photographs, Norris Hobbies, OST Publications, Prairie Railway Display, Moon Dog Rail Cars, Bear Creek Hobbies, Oak Hill Model RR Supply, and more coming every day.
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, Southern, Wabash, Missouri Pacific, C&EI, Nickel Plate, Terminal RR Association, Central of Georgia, Illinois Central, Illinois Terminal, GM&O, CB&Q, Milwaukee Road, C&NW are expected, 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. Stay tuned for more information.
LAYOUT TOURS !
Home layoutsincluding Eric Broomans fabulous Utah Beltwill 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 Bandanas 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 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, with two PowerPoint shows, and later the RPM Roundup at the DoubleTree lounge staring at 8:30!
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 !
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.