Friends of the Freight Car Dinner
Yes, we will have a Friends of the Freight Car dinner on Friday evening of the Indy RPM event. This is a separate sale ticket that can be purchased when registering for the event. The evening’s special presentation will be “Railroad Images in Indianapolis and central Indiana in the 1950s and 60s” by Dick Baldwin.
Dick Baldwin was raised in Indianapolis’ Fountain Square neighborhood near New York Central’s Big Four Shelby Street roundhouse. He spent much of his youth exploring and photographing the great variety of NYC steam power at the Shelby Street facility. He also biked to various locations on the Indianapolis Belt, Pennsylvania and Illinois Central railroads.
Dick invested in a variety of camera equipment in the early 1950s. He spent a number of years doing free-lance work for a local television station and newspaper. In 1957 he began working at then NBC affiliate WFBM (later WRTV) television in Indianapolis as a news photographer. He later was promoted to chief photographer and held that position until his retirement in 1994.
Dick was named Indiana News Photographers Association’s News Photographer of the Year three times. Following his retirement, he was named to the Indiana Broadcast Hall of Fame.
He has ridden many mainline and rare-mileage trains in North America, South America and Europe. In addition to railroad photography, Dick is a prolific collector of railroad timetables and memorabilia.
Much thanks to Mont Switzer and John Fuller for helping organize this outstanding presentation. We hope to see you at dinner.
This is the heart of the RPM Conference at Indy Junction 2022, and we will have presentations running three or four at a time on all three days. Presenters for RPM Conference at Indy Junction 2022 include:
Bernie Kempinski – USMRR Aquia Line Expansion
Bill Darnaby – The Maumee Route
Clark Propst – Building a Proto-generic Mini Layout
Kevin Kayser – C&O in Kentucky
Seth Lakin – Michigan City, IN Railroads and Home Layout
Tony Koester – NKP Third District
Tips and Techniques
Hunter Hughson – TBD
Jeremy Dummler – Proto:48 and P:43 topics
Pierre Oliver – Building Resin Freight Cars
Freight Car Research
Brad Hanner – TBD
Jim Panza – Trailer Train
Roger Hinman – TBD
Steve Hile – TBD
Eric Hansmann – TBD
George Toman – NP War Emergency Boxcar Build
Keith Kohlmann – Open Loads
Mont Switzer – TBD
Time Table & Train Order and Operations
Lowell Smith – TT&TO Introduction
Prototype Railroad Operations
Dave Leider – B&O Chicago Terminal
Jim Singer – The 1960 Scout Jamboree and other Midwestern Camp Specials
John Greene – Passenger Cars with 3D Printed Sides on Branchline Cores
Stephen Priest – Full Scale: Restoring ATSF Bicentennial SD45-2 #5704
Paul Swanson – The Lake States Historical Archives
As more speakers are confirmed, we will update this list. And given the pandemic, individual clinicians and schedules are subject to change, for obvious reasons. The good news is that things should be stabilized by May of 2022.