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In this episode…
Joe D’Elia, organizer, The RPM Conference.
Brandon Bayer, president, H.O. Model Engineers Society.
The granddaddy of RPM meets
Railway Prototype Modelers meets. We’re big fans of them here at The Model Railway Show, and the big one – at least in our experience – has been the annual gathering at the end of October in Naperville, Illinois.
But if you’re heading for it this year, bring a map. The hotel traditionally used for this meet is undergoing renovations so the meet will be held in nearby Lisle.
That’s not the only change. For years, this gathering was organized by Sunshine Models, the maker of fine HO scale resin rolling stock kits. But Martin and Patricia Lofton are retiring and in 2010 RPM/Sunshine torch passed to Joe D’Elia, proprietor of A-Line/Proto Power West.
Joe is well known in RPM circles and already organizes a number of meets under the Railroad Prototype Modelers banner. He tells Trevor that this year’s meet may have a new name and a new venue, but regular attendees will find it’s the same great weekend it always has been.
(Note: We have included the most recent information we could find at airtime. If you have more current information, contact us with the details, including the web site, and we’ll update this list.)
Prototype Rails 2012 (Florida)
New England – Northeast Prototype Modelers Meet 2011 (Connecticut)
RPM Valley Forge 2012 (Pennsylvania)
Rocky Mountain RPM Meet 2012 (Colorado)
Mid Continent Prototype Modelers 2011 (Kansas)
Bay Area Prototype Modelers 2012 (California)
Savannah Prototype Modeler’s Meet 2011 (Georgia)
Central Ohio Prototype Modelers Meet 2011 (Ohio)
Rails By The River 2011 (Oregon)
Northeastern Fallen Flags Prototype Modelers Meet (New Jersey)
Real estate is expensive these days and it’s harder to find homes for permanent club layouts. The basements of warehouses and underused structures that often housed them are being torn down or converted into loft condominiums. And urban sprawl means even suburban space is beyond the reach of many clubs.
Increasingly, we’re reading stories of clubs losing their leases. On October 29 and 30 this year, the Montreal Railroad Modellers Association will hold its last open house. Then, members will begin the painful process of tearing down the layout they’ve worked on for the past 38 years.
It’s a situation with which the members of the H.O. Model Engineers Society of Hamilton, Ontario are all too familiar. The H.O.M.E.S. Club has moved several times in recent history and has learned a few lessons. Club president Brandon Bayer joins Jim to offer some advice for others contemplating a large club layout.
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Jim speaks with Andy Sperandeo about putting down the red editor’s pen and retiring from Model Railroader magazine.
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