I’m finally getting caught up after the recent RPM-East prototype modeler meet, so it’s time for an update. I started my RPM experience by attending a Thursday night operating session on Roy Ward’s HO scale West Virginia Central & Pittsburg (correct with no ‘H’ at the end). I had a great time working a couple different jobs.
Friday morning, I worked with the event crew to set up projectors and laptops in the presentation rooms, and handle a few tasks that arose in the early moments of check-in and registration. It was great meeting modelers as they arrived. Many of them set up their models in the display room after getting situated. The presentations had a smooth 1:00 pm start.
Many RPM meets are scheduled in the months ahead. Bookmark the RPM Event Calendar site so you can make plans to attend a prototype modeler meet this year.
Later that night a throbbing headache settled in and I ended up missing most of Saturday with a virus. It isn’t fun traveling a distance to an RPM and becoming sick. A similar virus hit me a year ago at the Valley Forge RPM. With the help of a few other modelers, I’ve posted a gallery of RPM-East images to document the event.
The virus had loosened its grip by Sunday morning so I could visit with my daughter’s family. I was feeling great on Monday, making the return drive to metro-Nashville uneventful.
I traveled to northeast Ohio before the RPM to visit with family and some model railroad friends. I checked progress on John Albaneze’s HO scale layout that follows the Wheeling & Lake Erie’s Carrollton branch. John models after the merger with the Nickel Plate Road and has done a nice job with the modeling.
Except for becoming ill and missing much of the Saturday RPM-East schedule, it was an enjoyable week on the road visiting with friends and family. Now that I’m mostly caught up, I can return to the workbench and finish off a pair of B&O resin boxcar kits.
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