Rev-up for RPM meets!

Dave Ramos (at left) demonstrates building turnouts with Fast Tracks tools at the 2014 RPM Valley Forge meet.
Dave Ramos (at left) demonstrates building turnouts with Fast Tracks tools at the 2014 RPM Valley Forge meet.

The calendar swings around and several Railroad Prototype Modeler meets are on the horizon. Regular readers know I bang the drum for these events. Each meet offers a winning combination of prototype information, modeling techniques, and networking among other prototype modelers. I look forward to attending an RPM meet each year.

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Recovery

One of several fine HO scale locomotives Fred Lass displayed at the recent RPM-East meet.
One of several fine HO scale locomotives Fred Lass displayed at the recent RPM-East meet.

As mentioned earlier, I participated in the RPM-East prototype modeler meet held in Greensburg, Pa at the end of March. It was another festive weekend of railroad history, ideas, models, and time shared with old and new friends. Nearly 500 models were on display and 37 presentations filled the schedule. About 165 attended this two day event. A couple of photo galleries are available for viewing. These offer a decent review of the models on display at the meet.

John Frantz’s gallery.

Eric Hansmann’s gallery.

The New England/Northeast Railroad Prototype Modeler meet is up next on the calendar. This will be held in Colllinsville, CT on May 29 & 30. Make you plans to attend and soak in some good ideas.

What’s next?

That’s always a good question for me. In addition to the time at the prototype meet, I visited many of my family members in the metro-Pittsburgh region. I arrived back in far west Texas in time to be hit by spring allergies that are now loosening their grip. I need to survey a few hobby projects and dust off a couple of drafts for the blog to keep this fresh. There are always a few more ideas to share. Stay tuned!

– Eric

 

At the Proto Meet!

The first presentation sessions are underway!
The first presentation sessions are underway!

Here we are at RPM-East in Greensburg, PA. I’m posting this as a demo during my Introduction to Blogging presentation. There is a lively bunch of people here and the model room is filling up with some outstanding displays. Click on any image here to review a larger size.

The model room quickly filled with fine work in many scales.
The model room quickly filled with fine work in many scales.

Last night I operated on Ken Hanawalt’s Turtle Creek railroad until my legs had decided to call it a night. Several others RPM-East folks were operating on other area model railroads.

This is one of the many industrial towns served by the Turtle Creek railroad.
This is one of the many industrial towns served by the Turtle Creek railroad.

Friday is coming to a close but there is much more on tap for Saturday. I hope to post additional images soon.

Spring RPM season again!

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As winter thaws, it becomes RPM season. Railroad Prototype Modeler meets are a great way to recharge the batteries after a tough winter. A solid presentation schedule and an extensive model display room are the two main components of these events. You will also meet some great people who share similar interests. I’ve enjoyed great conversations at RPM meets over the years that have pushed my model projects along. Many of these conversations have turned into wonderful friendships.

I’ll be attending RPM-East, which is coming up in just a couple of weeks. My presentation is about halfway ready.

Here’s a short list of upcoming RPM meets. Support the event that is close to your neighborhood.

If I missed your event. drop me a note in the comments below.