ANNOUNCEMENT - 2011 ST. LOUIS RPM MEET



The St. Louis RPM is back for 2011! The meet will be Friday, Aug 5th and Saturday, Aug 6th at the Gateway Convention Center, One Gateway Drive, Collinsville, IL 62234. Collinsville is 12 miles east of metro St. Louis on I-55/70. Meet Hours: 9 AM to 10 PM both days.

The heart of this event is YOUR MODELS! Bring your models, finished or unfinished, for display. All scales, gauges are welcome. Bring locomotives, rolling stock, structures and any other models pertaining to prototype railroading for presentation & discussion. In 2008, 250 attendees brought over 1100 models, displayed on 50 full tables! There are no contests or awards. Our purpose is to share information, present your best modeling techniques, and meet your fellow area modelers. All in over 10,000 sq. ft. of fully-carpeted, air conditioned meeting space at the professional Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville, Illinois.

In addition to model displays, presentations by nationally-recognized modelers and historians are scheduled. Historical Societies and select local and national vendors will also be in attendance. A pre-RPM social/operating session is planned. An operating FreeMo layout will also be on display.

JOIN US...AND BRING YOUR MODELS!

Hours: 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M both days. Admission: $20.00 Friday & Saturday, $15.00 Saturday only. Kids under 13 free with paid adult admission. Vendor set-up at 7:15 AM Fri. Sales end at 5:00 P.M. Saturday. Contact John Golden at Golden1014@yahoo.com (812) 929-7181, Dan Kohlberg at paducah@mindspring.com or Lonnie Bathurst at (217) 556-0314 for meet info. The Gateway Center Website is http://www.gatewaycenter.com/

CLINICS

Presentations will run from 10 AM to 7:30 PM. We're finalizing our list, but so far our ALL-NEW line-up includes:

Ed Hawkins
Rob Adams
Nick Molo
Dave Lehlbach
Mont Switzer
Clark Propst
John & Dan Kohlberg
And more!


PRE-RPM MEET SOCIAL

We're working on Thursday afternoon/evening events, along with our famous social at Bandana's BBQ. Stay tuned for details.

VENDORS

Over 50 tables of elite local and national vendors, including Bobís Photos, Tangent Scale Models, Rail Yard Models, Rails Unlimited, Funaro & Camerlengo, ICG Custom Decals, Big Four Productions, Proto:87 Stores, Moloco, American Model Builders, SC Model Works, Badger, Big Four Graphics, John Fuller Photos, Mike Gruber Photos, and more.

RAILROAD HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

We usually have 10-15 railroad historical societies on hand with books, maps, and prototype info to aid your modeling, including the Terminal RR Association, MoPac, and more. If you'd like to bring your organization to the meet, please contact us!

DOOR PRIZES

We will present door prizes on Saturday.

FREEMO

The Gateway Society of Model Railroad Engineers will present an operating FreeMo layout.

PHOTOS FROM OUR PREVIOUS MEETS

...can be found at http://www.pbase.com/golden1014/2008_st_louis_rpm_meet&page=all

ST.LOUIS AREA ATTRACTIONS

In addition to St. Louis RPM, St. Louis is also the home of the John W. Barriger National Railroad Library at the campus of the University of Missouri (http://www.umsl.edu/barriger/), the National Museum of Transportation (http://www.transportmuseumassociation.org/exhibits.html) and some of the best railfanning in the world. For the family, St. Louis offers the Gateway Arch, the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Art Museum, casinos, Six Flags, the nationally-renowned Botanical Garden and City Museum, and much, much more. Check out area attractions at http://www.stlouisattractions.com/

SEE YOU IN ST. LOUIS!

Signed,
Dan Kohlberg
Lonnie Bathurst
John Golden