Railroad Prototype Modelers Conference Chicagoland
October 18-20, 2018 – Lisle, IL
On Site Registration
Online registration is closed, but you can still join us October 18-20 as we celebrate our 25th year. Registration will be available on site for the entire event or just single day admission of $35.
Welcome to the home of the 25th Annual RPM Conference – RPM Chicagoland!
The dates for the next event are October 18-20, 2018, 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 March.
Recent Conference News
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
Online registration will conclude tomorrow, October 10, at 7:00 PM CST. But that doesn't mean that we don't want you to come to the event if your schedule changes at the last minute! You can always register for the event on site next Thursday. Or come for one day at...read more
Frank Hodina has finished his test model of this year's Mini-Kit in HO scale, shown above. Early bird registrants will receive this year's Mini-Kit which includes resin conversion parts and a set of decals to be used to convert an Accurail 40ft wood reefer into an...read more
We are 15 days away from the event and will strive to provide an update post each day as we lead up to the 25th anniversary event. Today we are pleased to announce that the draft schedule of presentation is now posted on the Schedule page. 2018 Draft Schedule While...read more
A major theme of this year's 25th anniversary event is looking back at the history of the prototype modeling movement and celebrating how far modeling has come through the fellowship of RPM events. We'd like to see those improvements in the display room this year, and...read more
One of the Pennsylvania Railroad’s legendary K4-class 4-6-2 steam locomotives leads an eastbound passenger train out of Chicago at 21st Street Tower on October 3, 1950. Photograph by Wallace W. Abbey, © 2018, Center for Railroad Photography and Art. Abbey-01-130-05 We...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...