Meal Presentations
The highly regarded meal presentations are included with the extra fare meal tickets.

Thursday Kick Off Luncheon – Here and There on the Rock Island, by Philip Weibler
Thursday Night RPM Banquet – Highlights from the Center for Railroad Photography and Art, by Bon French, Chairman
Friday Friends of the Freight Car Dinner – Martin Lofton Tribute and Panel Discussion on Resin Freight Cars with Moderator Steve Hile

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 2018 include:

Bernie Kempinski – A 21st Century Approach to a 19th Century Steam layout
Clark Propst – Zeroing in on Zearing: The last town built and Midwestern scenery techniques
Dan Holbrook – 40 Years In: The Twin Ports Layout
Dennis Eggert – Modeling the C&NW’s Alco Line: 1970s era diesels, freight cars, and track
Hunter Hughson – Researching and Modeling a Major Industry
Ken Hojnacki – A Family Resemblence: How railroads maintained a standardized appearance on structures and equipment
Steve Hile – Rock Island Decorah Branch, A Proto:48 Idea

Tips and Techniques
Chris Vanko – Freight Car Weathering
Craig Wilson – Real Sky: A photoshop technique to increase the realism of model photos
Dick Harley – Electronics Soldering Skills (Classroom and live demo)
Jeremy Dummler – Modeling with Low Vision II: Updated information for all modelers, not just those with poor eyesight

Freight Car Research
Eric Hansmann – 1900-1930 Pre-Depression Era Railroading
Jerry Hamsmith & Ed Rethwisch – CB&Q XM-32 class – the railroad’s dominant box car
Jim Panza – TOFC Act 1: Selected TTX 1960s & 1970s TOFC Flatcars
Mont Switzer – TOFC Act 2: Selected 1960s & 1970s TOFC Trailers
Kevin Kayser – Tank Cars of the 70’s & 80’s: Center Sill Models and Their Prototypes
Kristin Dummler – “Which shipped first, the chicken or the egg?”: Poultry shipments and dedicated poultry cars
Roger Hinman – New York Central Steel Freight Cars, Part IV: Flat Cars

Bill Welch – Modeling the AAR/ARA Standard Steel Boxcars in 1/87th Scale
Frank Peacock – Steam Locomotive Parts, Appliances and Fittings
George Toman – The 2017 Mini-Kit finished to the nines: CGW 1937 AAR Boxcar
Tony Thompson – Weathering Transition Era Freight Cars

Time Table & Train Order and Operations
Al Kempf, Jr. – Tailoring a Freight Car Fleet for Operations
Lowell Smith – Building your TT&TO Crew
Tony Koester – Realistic Operations: From Here to There — everything you need to know (almost) in under an hour

Prototype Railroad Operations
Charles Hostetler – 1950s Frozen Fruit, Vegetables, and Food: Infrastructure, Freight Cars, Traffic Patterns and Waybills
Dave Leider – Shipping Milk and the Chicago Milk Shed
Dale Muir – Track Design for Prototype Model Railroads
Keith Kohlmann – Bucyrus-Erie & the Railroads
Mike Boland – Rail Marine Operations in New York Harbor

Bob Chapman – Passenger Terminal Operations
David Lambert – Transcontinental Mail and Express Operations
John Greene – Hand On! Building a Branchline 6-3 Heavyweight Sleeper
Marshall Skibbe – Soo Line Passenger Trains in Illinois 1957-1958

Blaine Hadfield – Arrowhead Models – Behind the Curtain: Creating the Committee Design Car
George Bogatiuk – Soundtraxx – DCC and Sound
Jim Singer – A Look at the Ritzman Collection of Midwest Photos. From the Lake States Railway Historical Association Archives.

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