Re: RPM Meet In Pennsylvania

John Barry


A number of presenters mentioned folks to whom they were indebted, including you.  I finally got to meet Eric, although at the Blenko's layout on Sunday rather than in the midst of the meet.  Sharon of F&C lamented that they only brought 5 of their X37s.  They were long gone by the time I got in the vendor room.  Ted Culotta's clinic showed me how to look at photos a little differently and see more detail.  Nick Fry's, although mostly about modern equipment, gave me a better appreciation on the loading of steel plate.  I was able to give him a still of CB&Q gons unloading plate at the Richmond CA shipyard.  GN loader scheme, glacier green, and big sky blue post date my 44-45 modeling era.  (Yes, sometimes it pays even if its not your era, more $$ in my pocket with what not to buy, like ACL cars with conspicuocity paint.)  I even learned a few research tips in what was probably the most poised presentation of the meet.  A young gentleman who had just gotten his driver's licence out presented many of the folks I've dealt with in my professional capacity over the last 40 years.  HS sophomore Charlie Blenko did a super job on researching abandoned branch lines.

All in all, a good time.  Now to get my clinic done for the East Coast Santa Fe Modelers. . .
John Barry
ATSF North Bay Lines 
Golden Gates & Fast Freights 
Lovettsville, VA


PO Box 44736 
Washington, DC 20026-4736

From: "Eric Hansmann eric@... [STMFC]" To: STMFC@...
Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 11:31 AM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] RPM Meet In Pennsylvania

I spent most of yesterday hammering images into shape and uploading them to a gallery. We want to send the link to attendees for a first look before sharing it with YahooGroups, Facebook, and other platforms. It's a small thank you for attending the meet.
Here's what I recall from a blurry couple of days. F&C will have a Union Railroad hopper available soon. Spring Mills Depot is hoping their B&O I-1 cabooses make progress towards manufacture.They are close to final production on a previously announced model then the cabooses. If you want one of these HO scale caboose models, preorder now. There were quite a few solid clinics, including a neat history of a forgotten 5 mile local Pennsy coal branch that was presented by a 16 year old. 
The final headcount was 202, which was an increase from the 2015 attendance of 160. 436 models were displayed. There were 38 presentations and 44 vendor tables. I thought the models were quite diverse. My eight 1926 era freight cars were beside late SP diesels that were extensively detailed and one was extensively weathered. There were a few O scale models, several N scale models, structures, and vehicles to go along with the usual loco and freight car displays. 
As an event committee member, I did not get the chance to see everything I had hoped. There were unexpected things to take care of and I tried to check on many presenters before they started so all was good to go with their tech connections. I had many very good conversations with lots of different people. 
I couple this event with family visits in the region as return trips to Pittsburgh are infrequent. I've been enjoying a few days at my brother's place with my boisterous nieces and nephew. I'll see my daughter and granddaughter tomorrow.

Lastly, Primanti Brother's sammiches are still on the large side.

Eric Hansmann
El Paso, TX

On March 28, 2017 at 8:31 AM "f! gexbill@... [STMFC]" wrote:

Tick-tock, so there were NO new kits, decals, books at the Penn. RPM to report on, no presentations/clinics people thought were particularly good that the rest of us missed. Hard to believe.


Bill Welch

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