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.

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Recent Conference News

Online Registration Closing Soon

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...

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2018 Mini-Kit

2018 Mini-Kit

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...

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15 Day Countdown – Draft Schedule Posted

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...

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25 Years and More of Prototype Modeling

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...

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25th Anniversary Dinner Presentations Announced!

25th Anniversary Dinner Presentations Announced!

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...

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Don’t forget your models!

If you're like many of your fellow modelers, you're burning the candle at both ends trying to get new models ready for display at RPM Chicagoland. Some are even working on the 2016 Mini-Kits trying to finish those models for display. We welcome your models! All scales...

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Less than 10 days!

We're less than 10 days away from the kick-off of the 24th annual conference! The final programs are off at the printers. Mini-Kit parts are being completed and packaged. And we're working on updated signage and final preparations with the hotel. It's shaping up to be...

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Schedule Posted

We have added the planned schedule of presentations to the schedule page. Look for the link to a PDF on this page: https://www.rpmconference.com/index.php/schedule/ Please note that minor changes may occur as we get closer to the event. We will update this draft...

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