Photos by Jesus Peña
RMC contributors Jesus Peña and Dan Munson were on hand to witness the 2021 St. Louis Railroad Prototype Modelers Meet on July 30-31. Located in Collinsville, IL, the meet was held at the Gateway Convention Center just a dozen miles northeast from the famous Gateway Arch in St. Louis.
As with all railroad prototype modeling meets, the focus of the St. Louis RPM is to provide an environment where modelers can admire the work of one another through the models on display and share informal conversation and tips with each other. Participants visit with fellow modelers, attend clinics onsite and see what’s new from exhibitors and manufacturers on hand too! No memberships, no clubs to join, no awards and no dues… Just show up with your models finished or in progress, pay the modest admission fee and share in the fun! Yes, in-progress models are especially welcome, as they readily share the story behind its construction!
With last year’s event canceled due to Covid, modelers and exhibitors made sure to attend this years’ meet. Records were broken with over 700 attendees and dozens of hand-picked scale model vendors participating in this 2021 edition of the St Louis RPM. Thanks to the generous support of these model manufacturers and vendors, a bountiful prize raffle was held, with prize drawings happening throughout both days of the meet. The proceeds help to make the meet financially possible.
Over 1,500 models were on display and all available display space and display tables were fully utilized. For more information about next year’s St. Louis RPM Meet, we encourage you to visit www.stlrpm.org. Look for more coverage to come in the pages of Railroad Model Craftsman by Dan Munson! – Harry K. Wong
Kitbashed Athearn Genesis GP9 for Fox River Valley as displayed on a diorama using a modified Showcase Miniatures GRS Semaphore with right-of-way using actual “Pink Lady” ballast from the C&NW. HO model and diorama by Christopher Braatz.
Custom-built line trucks for Southwestern Bell by Mike Budde.
HO scale model by Mike Budde. Modified Overland Models Vert-a-Pac with resin-cast Chevy Vegas. Resin cast master of Chevy Vegas by John Tyson.
Models by Steven E. Cerka
Models by Radisson McGuire
Models by André Van Vooren
O scale 2-rail NKP Berkshire by David Vaughn
Models by André Van Vooren
HO Burlington 30-foot Wood Waycars by John Greedy
HO scale Gunderson Maxi-IV with international containers. Models by Butch Eyler.
Our esteemed RMC Contributors: Jesus Péna (L) and Dan Munson (R)!
3D printed C&EI Cabooses by David Forbes
Models by Joel J Sieracki
Custom weathered Consolidated Freightways Pup set and trailers in HO scale by Kevin Neiheisel.
D&RGW narrow gauge caboose by Patrick Tillery.
ET&NWC Gondola in 1:20.3 scale by Dan Stenger.
1/25 scale Scratchbuilt Frisco Yard Spotter Tractor. Model by Steve Hurt.
David Hussey and the scene from the Cannon & Co display.
Scratchbuilt 1/25th Scale MKT Cline Crane. Model by Steve Hurt.
Conrail TV-class expedited intermodal train on the layout of the Ohio Sipping & Switching Society.
Martrac HO scale trailer with nose-mount reefer by Kevin Neiheisel.
New run of HO scale GATC Tank Cars from American Limited Models.
HO scale CNW ex-RI PS 5344 by Christopher Braatz.
New HO scale Behlen Grain Storage Building from JP 3D as seen at the Spring Creek Model Trains table.
New HO scale Thrall SP G-100-32 gondola kit from Cannon & Company. FC-8002 $28.00.
Scratchbuilt rebar loads atop a ScaleTrains BSC F68 finger rack flat. Models by Brill Drzal.