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BAPM 2022: The San Francisco Bay Area’s Prototype Modelers Meet

This re-motored and weathered Athearn HO SD40 by Dave Maffei was one of the many models on display at the 17th Annual Bay Area Prototype Modelers Meet held on June 18 in Richmond, California.

BAPM 2022: The San Francisco Bay Area’s Prototype Modelers Meet

Photos by Harry K. Wong and Jesus Peña

Modelers from all over Northern California and points well beyond braved the high gas prices to bring their models to BAPM 2022, the 17th Annual Bay Area Prototype Modelers Meet held on June 18 in Richmond, California.

After the past couple of years without a meeting due to the pandemic, it was especially great to see everyone again at BAPM. Those in attendance were quick to catch up on life both inside and outside of the hobby with friends new and old. The models were inspirational and provided a terrific backdrop to the great camaraderie that was shared. The organizers of BAPM thanked all came out to the show, as well as the many sponsors, including Athearn, Berkeley Ace Hardware, Cannon & Company, ExactRail LLC, John Rodgers, Just Trains, ScaleTrains.com, The Loose Caboose, The Train Shop of Santa Clara, Wheels of Time and Yelton Models. Set your calendars for June 18, 2023 for BAPM 2023 Visit bayareaprototypemodelers.org for more information.

Watch for the October issue of Railroad Model Craftsman for additional BAPM coverage.

O scale FMC ABOX Car by Ross Dando of Twin Star Cars.

HO scale Evans Side-Slider All-Door Boxcar by Pat Davis. See the latest August 2022 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman for drawings and prototype information on these unique “Side Slider” boxcars.

SP Jordan Spreader by Charlie Joslin. Beginning with an Overland Models Brass SP Jordan Spreader painted in freight car brown, Charlie Joslin repainted this brass model to represent SP Spreader 3515, now in SPMW orange and subtly weathered.

HO scale ATSF GP35u 2816 by Mark McLeod.

TTPX F68AH flatcars by Craig Cole based on the ScaleTrains model.

Check your tickets!  It’s raffle time at BAPM!

Illinois Central Baggage Car – N scale.

SP 6453 – a re-detailed and masterfully weathered Athearn Genesis FP7 by Robert J. Zenk.

PRR G31b Gondola with oversize bridge beam load and FM spacer cars. N scale models by Doug Nelson.

New York, Susquehanna & Western SD40 and SD40T-2 locomotives. HO scale models by Jonathan Izen.

Yes, this is N scale!  DTTX Maxi-III well car and intermodal equipment weathered by Henry Baez.

SP Lark passenger train by Davy Dauchan.

Metra Bicycle Commuter Bilevel Coach by Rickey Hall using decals from Fusion Scale Graphics.

Clinician Dave Hammaker shares his techniques on how to build a diorama for model railroad photography.

BN 7501 SD40-2B in HO by Kurt Swanson.

Heavily upgraded ATT Alco C415 by Garth Mitchell.

Erie Lackawanna boxcar by Tim Costello.

Richard Mitchell brought along his heavily modified and detailed array of Mantua Pacifics and other steam locomotives.

RMC Associate Editor Harry K. Wong brought along his weathered and detailed Rapido RDC SP 10.

Ready for service on the Northwestern Pacific. SP SW8 4633 with see-through grilles from KV Models and other details. SP 4633 is based on a Proto 2000 model. Model by Charlie Joslin.

NYS&W Wedge Plow by Jonathan Izen.

A beautifully weathered HO scale SD70M based on the Athearn model by Henry Baez.

Weathered GTW Pullman-Standard 86′ Boxcar by Robby Forsstrom.

Rock Island Gondola from an O scale Glacier Park model by Ross Dando.

RPM meets encourage the display of models in progress, not just “finished” ones. Cyrus Gillespie kitbashed a Seaboard Coast Line (former ACL) repowered Alco S2m by combining an Atlas HO scale Alco S1 with a long hood from a Kato NW2, and cab windows on the back wall from Cannon & Company. “

Early SP GE U33C by Alex Cano.  Beginning with the Atlas HO U33C model, Alex added photoetched details from KV Models, an EUC box behind the cab from HiTech Details along with a new snowplow and bell from Details West before applying paint and decals and DCC.

Load’em up!  Models by Ron Lehmer

It’s a Wrap!  WP Bulkhead Flat 13138. Scratchbuilt bulkheads on a HO flatcar from Wheels of Time by Mark McLeod.   See you next year at BAPM 2023! Visit bayareaprototypemodelers.org for more information.

This article was posted on: July 11, 2022