Presenters

Presenters

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:

Layouts
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
Ken Hojnacki – A Family Resemblence: How railroads maintained a standardized appearance on structures and equipment

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
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 70s and 80s: Prototypes and available models
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

Modeling
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

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
Keith Kohlmann – Bucyrus-Erie & the Railroads

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

Other
Jim Singer – A Look at the Ritzman Collection of Midwest Photos. From the Lake States Railway Historical Association Archives.
Tony Thompson – Weathering Transition Era Freight Cars

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