RPM addendum

I enjoyed another RPM Chicagoland meet recently. A number of Pre-Depression Era modelers (the Pirates) attended, as seen in the lead image. That’s me, down in front. Two Pirates were missing at the time of the photo shoot. It was great to catch up with this group in face-to-face conversations and enjoy meals and drinks together. It’s been nine years since a couple of us began corresponding about railroads and industries of the 1900-1930 decades. We’ve learned a great deal from our collective and advanced our individual modeling skills.

The network of friends and prototype modeler meets are two parts of this hobby that bring me great joy. The information we share and the encouragement to push projects forward are fundamental to personal hobby satisfaction. Spending moments of time together at a prototype modeling event is icing on the cake.

I posted an RPM Chicagoland event summary on the Resin Car Works blog.


My 1900-1930 Pre-Depression Era Railroading presentation was well received at RPM Chicagoland. The point of the presentation was to discuss challenges and opportunities in modeling an earlier era than many consider. It’s mind-boggling to think these decades are now nearly one-hundred years past.

Several websites were referenced in the presentation and I didn’t have links to share. Who wants to type in a 34 character web address? I figured it would be easier to present these resource links in the blog post for everyone to access the information. Many of these were noted in the clinic and I added a few additional resources while compiling the links.

Sources for 1900-1930 Pre-Depression Era images and data

That makes for a good start on prototype resources.

Lastly, here’s a gallery of images I took at the RPM. I snap shots of things that catch my eye. It’s impossible to capture everything on display.

I probably violated a blog rule by posting way too much text here. so I’ll end with a photo.


I tend to forget about snapping photos of my own model display at RPM meets. Many thanks to Jeremy Dummler for snapping this image and allowing me to use it here. Jeremy has posted an extensive gallery of RPM Chicagoland images.


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5 Responses to “RPM addendum”

  1. Very interesting post, thank you! My wife and I model the Sugar Pine Lumber Company/Minarets & Western Railway, circa September 1927, so we’re well aware of the challenges of modeling that era. It’s great fun!

    – Jeff Johnston
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/130149035@N06/albums/72157654685149099

    • Eric Hansmann says:

      Thanks for your comment, Jeff! Your Flickr gallery is a great document of your layout progress. Thanks for sharing! – Eric

  2. Steve Ackerman says:

    Just out of curiosity why the Pirates name? Just for those people not stuck in the Transition Era?

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