2017 Program Highlights:

Meal Presentations
Join your meal host, and master of ceremonies, Lionel Strang (Current host of A Modeler’s Life podcast, and past Model Railroader Magazine contributor of “Look what I did while I was busy gluing my finger to my eyelid!”) as we eat, socialize, and share in a couple of great presentations. The extra-fare meals are a great way to catch up with your fellow modelers and make it so you don’t even have to leave the hotel while absorbing as much railroading as you can in three days. Look for the Kick-Off Luncheon, the Thursday evening Grand Banquet Dinner, and the Friday evening Friend’s of the Freight Car Dinner on the registration page.

Philip Weibler returns with a showcase of Illinois Central steam and transition to diesels with a slide show at the Kick Off Luncheon. Snag some pizza and ride along with Philip as he shares more of his great images this year in a traditional slide show presentation in the meal room.

The Thursday evening Banquet Dinner starts with Lionel’s song and dance extravaganza while you circle the buffet and enjoy meat and potatoes. As dinner winds down, we’ll retire as a group to the Arcadia tiered theater room to sit in comfort (all facing the screen) to enjoy a multi-media presentation from rail photographer extraordinaire Bob Gallegos.

The Friday evening Friends of the Freight Car Dinner is open to all attendees as well. It is a continuation of a group of freight car modelers getting together for dinner at national events, and last year featured a round table presentation and discussion by railroad historians and librarians from around the country. This year’s dinner will feature a continuation of that theme with Hal Miller, Editor of Model Railroader and discussing the David P. Morgan library, Keith Kohlmann representing the Chicago and North Western Historical Society, and a presentation of treasures from their archives, Bob Ristow representing the Lake States Railway Historical Association, Teresa Militello, National Museum of Transportation, and Ted Culotta of Speedwitch Media discussing railroad research.
UPDATE: Due to a personal commitment, Kevin Keefe will no longer be able to attend on behalf of the Center for Railroad Photography and Art.

Seminar Schedule
This is the heart of the RPM Conference, and we will have presentations running four or five at a time on all three days, every hour and a half. Confirmed presentations for 2017 include:

Bill Schaumburg – Discovering Hope Springs, A new way to plan a new layout
Clark Propst – The Story City Branch Part II: Rolling through Roland
Jeremy Dummler – Setting a Freight Car Fleet for Your Layout, Yosemite Valley RR
Eric Hansmann – Prototype Modeling and a Manageable Layout Size

Tips and Techniques
Alan Welch – Airbrushing 101
Allen Ferguson – A Journey in Detailed Paper Structure Models
Pierre Oliver – Product Design in Resin and Etched Metal
Rob Manley – Pan Pastels: New Tips and Tricks

Freight Car Research
Bill Welch – Dr. Mary E. Pennington, PhD & the “Modern” Refrigerator Car
Brad Hanner – Transition Era IC Boxcar Fleet Part II
Jerry Hamsmith & Ed Rethwisch – CB&Q’s First All Steel Boxcars: XM-32 History and Modeling.
Jim Panza – Trailer Train Autorack Story Part II
Roger Hinman – General American Refrigerator Cars: The Second Hand Cars
Steve Hile – UTLX X-3 Tank Cars
Tony Thompson – Wine Tank Cars

George Toman – Bringing the 2016 MiniKit to the next level, B&O M-15k wagontop rebuilds
Jeff Sankus and Bill Welch – Resinators Unite!
Jim Ruffing – Great Northern 40′ Boxcars – All that color! (Late 1960s)
Kevin Kayser – Modeling Freight Cars in the 70s and 80s
Mont Switzer – Modeling Monon 40ft Boxcars
Ted Cullota – Finding Kitbashing Opportunities in Freight Cars
Tim VanMersbergen – Sequel to 40′ Boxcars of the 60s and 70s

Time Table & Train Order and Operating
Al Kempf, Jr. – Introduction to Operations
Harold Krewer and Bill Navigato, With Lloyd Rinehart and Mike Tyl – Live Operating Sessions on the “Unitrack” Chicago Peoria & Southern
Lowell Smith – TT&TO Operations for Guest Operators

Prototype Railroad Operations
Charles Hostetler – Canadian and Mexican Rail Freight Traffic to the U.S. in the 1950s
David Leider – Chicago’s Potato Market (Largest in the World): C&NW’s Wood Street Yard
Gene Semon – Steam Transfer Ferries of the Mississippi River from St. Louis to New Orleans
John Barry – Santa Fe’s San Francisco Fleet, Nine Decades of Rail-Marine Traffic in San Francisco Bay
Keith Kohlmann – Tractors & Trains: Moving J.I. Case Equipment By Rail
Kristin Dummler – Central Vermont Ry in New London, CT, Circa 1909
Perry Sugerman – Electrically Locked Switches, focused on CB&Q-era GRS equipment and Layout Implementation
Tyrone Johnsen – Western Fruit Express facilities in Hillyard, Spokane, WA.

Jim Singer – Fans and Scouts 1960 (CB&Q Pax Dept Files)
John Greene – Building HO Passenger Cars with 3D, injection molded, resin and white metal parts

DCC & Sound
George Bogatiuk – Tsunami2 by Soundtraxx: Not your father’s Tsunami!
Matthew Herman – ESU/Loksound Updates, Tips, Tricks

James Dick & Tony Thompson – Estate Planning
Jason Klopke – Midwestern Scenery

As more speakers are confirmed, we will update this list.