Sunday, June 3, 2018

New England/Northeast RPM 2018

Mal Houck brought this impressive model of the NYO&W SX Tower that controlled joint trackage with the Lehigh Valley
I had the pleasure of attending the New England/Northeast RPM this past weekend in Enfield, Connecticut. This is the third year at the current location and the meet has become more of a "super-regional" event as opposed to the local flavor it had at the old venue in Collinsville, Connecticut. I suspect that it will continue to grow. That should be in no small part to the quality of the clinicians as well as the large display room full of excellent models covering the gamut of eras, excellent facilities, and a variety of vendors offering items to scratch the prototype itch. Lastly, the hotel has an area to socialize after the conclusion of events each day (including adult beverages), which I believe is an extremely important component for an RPM site. It's the people that make the event. What follows are a few images of the models that were on display...
Hunter Hughson had a nicely weather D&H PS-1 in the display room
Ryan Mendell brought several models, including this beautifully finished CN baggage-RPO
Mike Evans displayed this extremely cool model of a rebuilt D&H box car
Here are the details behind Mike's model
Mike Redden created CAD files for the New Haven's pesky low-profile roofs of their early Alco switchers. These are 3D prints of his efforts and can be ordered from Shapeways. His seller ID is NE Model Works
Another view of Mike's efforts
Jeff English brought his model of an S scale CGW 1937 AAR box car completed with the aid of the gift parts set for attendees at the 2017 Chicagoland RPM
Brian Carlson chronicled his efforts to complete a Tichy box car as a P&LE rebuild
The end view of Brian's P&LE project
Dave Oppedisano brought several BNSF covered hoppers, including this one with an interesting paint job

Butch Eyler displayed this impressively weathered CN covered hopper
Schuyler Larrabee brought his completed kitbash of this Erie auto car from the Prototype Rails 2018 "Shake 'n' Take project.
Ray Muntz showed his scratchbuilt model of Gram's Duck Farm, to represent a Long Island prototype
Bruce Castle is working on what I believe is a BAR wood chip car, converted from a box car
Ric Hamilton showed his in-progress kitbash of a CN hopper. I appreciate seeing in-progress models to understand the direction a modeler took to achieve the desired end
Will Lawrence had a variety of models including this combination door CN box car
Steve Solombrino had a number of fine flat car models with lumber loads from a variety of commercial providers, plus this load created from pieces of dimensional wood
Steve also showed this very interesting Southern box car kitbash
Bill Chapin displayed this beautiful in-progress scratchbuild of an New Haven 3800-series baggage car


  1. Thanks for calling out my models, Ted. I'd like to mention that the Southern double plug door car is a flat kit by Mask Island Decals. The sides and door hardware are cast resin. The rest of the body parts are plastic, you have to make your own floor but the under frame is included. I back dated the car to include tall ladders and an etched running board. The decals are also Mask Island. It was a nice project, especially since everything fit. Steve Solombrino

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