Railroad Prototype Modelers Conference – Chicagoland
October 24-26, 2019 – Lisle, IL
Several modelers admire the finished O Scale 2017 Mini-Kit displayed by Dick Scott at the 25th anniversary of RPM Chicagoland.
From left to right: Michael Gross, Nelson Moyer, Clark Propst, Ted Culotta and Dick Scott. Photo by Jim Cwik.
2019 Dates Set
2019 will be the 26th Annual RPM Chicagoland on October 24-26, 2019. Registration will open online in Spring of 2019. In the meantime, please enjoy the information and RPM news on the site.
Welcome to the home of the 26th Annual RPM Conference – RPM Chicagoland!
The dates for the next event are October 24-26, 2019, and will be held at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Lisle, IL.
This event is co-sponsored by the Fox Valley Division NMRA.
We will keep this site updated with the latest event news, and registration will open in Spring.
Recent Conference News
We have posted the link for online hotel reservations at the Hotel link above. Staying right at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center is convenient, and one of the best deals in the area at $99 per night. Be sure to ask for the RPM 2019 rate, or book via the online...read more
Several attendees have posted their 2018 event photos, including this photo of a couple happy humans by Eric Hansmann, and we've added links to our Past Event Photos page here: Past Event Photos We were also lucky enough to have official RPM Chicagoland photographer...read more
The 2018 Attendee Program has been posted on the schedule page. Here is the direct link: 2018 Digital Program We thank those presenters who have allowed us to post or link to their information.read more
Chris Vanko's excellent clinic on weathering needs to be viewed in color instead of black and white handouts. As promised, his full color presentation is being posted as a PDF: Chris Vanko's Weathering Clinic PDF Thanks go to Chris, not only for presenting, but for...read more
This week we'll be adding links to photos of the event, a digital copy of the attendee program, and presentation handouts which we have permission from the authors to provide digitally. However, an online discussion kicked off at RealSTMFC about the history of resin...read more
John Greene will be hosting a hand-on clinic this year. Pre-registration is necessary, and attendees can sign up at the registration table. The cost is $15 payable to John at the clinic. Per John: Bethlehem Car Works will supply kits, glue and sanding boards. Modeler...read more
The hotel has just informed me that they were able to add 9 more rooms (double beds only) to the RPM block. I know several people have been asking if more rooms could be made available. These are first come first served, and you can contact the hotel directly at...read more
The models brought for display are an integral part of the RPM meet. They aren't brought in to win a contest, but rather are brought to share with the other like minded attendees. We've updated the model display cards, and are including a PDF file in case you want to...read more
Railroad Prototype Modeling News
The DesignBuildOp blog takes a look at several prototypes to kick off a new year. Ray Breyer guests posts with a summary and review of freight cars seen in 1920s photos documenting an Orange, NJ freight facility. Click on the link for more details!...
Scott Thorton was on hand at a recent Chicago Great Western operating session on Jason Klocke's outstanding railroad, and has shared video of the layout on his Youtube channel! The overall artistic feel of the railroad is second to none, and captures this granger road...
Looking for your fix between RPM meets? Make sure you follow the Resin Car Works blog over at http://blog.resincarworks.com/ Frank and Eric are gathering some great posts from freight car modelers who are sharing updates of their work or discussing recent topics of...