It's time to make plans to attend 2017 RPM-East event!

March 24-25, 2017

RPM-East is a prototype modeler event to spark your modeling efforts as winter melts into another spring. The 2017 RPM-East railroad prototype modeler seminar includes presentations, operating sessions, open layouts, a large model display room, vendors and a banquet to prime your creativity. The busy Norfolk Southern main line is nearby for modern lineside action. Register now to attend one of the longest running railroad prototype modeling meets on the east coast. RPM-East is sponsored by Division Two of the NMRA.

Click here for a tentative 2017 presentation schedule! 



Fred Lass displayed many of his steam locomotive projects at the 2015 RPM-East event.

RPM-East event schedule (subject to change)
Friday 9:00 am - Registration opens
Vendor and Model Display rooms open
1:00 pm - Presentations begin
5:00-7:00 pm - Dinner break
7:00-11:00 pm - Presentations

Saturday 9:00 am - Registration opens
9:00 pm - Presentations begin
11:30-1:00 pm - Lunch break
1:00-5:00 pm - Presentations
5:00-7:00 pm - Dinner break
7:00-11:00 pm - Presentations

Registration is open all day Friday and Saturday until the dinner break.
Vendor and Model Display rooms open both days, but these rooms will slowly clear after Saturday dinner.

Registration: Full registration is only $40. Walk-in registrations are always welcome!

We now offer a single-day registration of $20. This option is only available via mailing the PDF registration form.

There are two ways to register in advance. Please pick only one method for your registration.


Our PayPal registration function has closed. Please print out the PDF registration form, complete it, and bring it to the event to register at the door.





The Ramada Greensburg Hotel and Conference Center on Route 30 just east of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, is our host hotel. This is the same location as recent RPM-East events.

The nightly room rate is $89.00, plus 6% sales tax and 3% occupancy tax. This room rate becomes effective on January 1, 2017.

Call the hotel directly for your room reservation, 724-836-6060, and mention “Railroad Prototype Modeler’s (RPM)” for the event room rate.

The hotel was formerly a Sheraton Four Points and may still be listed as such on some maps.

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Jim Hunter had several models on display at the 2015 event, including this Conrail cabin.

Jack Consoli displayed several HO scale Union Railroad models at the 2015 RPM-East. Photo by John Frantz.

Presentations: Modelers and rail historians from around the region will offer in-depth presentations at RPM-East 2017.

Click here for a tentative 2017 presentation schedule!  

Keith Albright How to Design a Small Layout for Operation
Keith Albright Building and Operation
Andrew Blenko Design of the Pittsburgh Mainline
Charlie Blenko Discovering Model Railroad-Ready Abandoned Branch Lines
Jack Consoli Union Railroad’s Interchange Freight Car Fleet Evolution: 1900-1962
Keith DeVault Flags of Yesterday to Today
Ted Culotta Finding Kitbashing Opportunities in Freight Cars
Bruce Elliott B&O Cabooses in HO scale, circa 1950 to 1955
Nick Fry Trains and Boats: Researching Rail-Marine Interfaces
Steve Funaro Pennsylvania Railroad X37 box car and X37A automobile box car
John Greene Building passenger cars, sleepers and parlor cars using Branchline and BCW parts
Bill Hanley B&O Steam Photos in Western Pennsylvania
Eric Hansmann The B&O Wheeling Freight Terminal: a prototype-inspired switching layout
Kevin Hunter Making Custom Controls: Easy and Elegant, With The Touch Toggle System
Matt Hurst Huntingdon, PA and the Broad Top connection
Will Jamison Transportation of Normal and Excess Width Steel Plate
Ken Kobus Evolution of PRR's Pitcairn Yard
Grier Kuehn You can learn a lot in 60 years
Den Lippert Conrail's common 50-foot box cars - part 2
Mike Niedzalkoski Penn Central Passenger Equipment Primer
Jim Panza Trailer Train/TTX Auto Rack Fleet History
Lee Rainey Modeling Mount Union
Ramon Rhodes The Santa Fe Railway in Chicago
Jim Ruffing Great Northern 40-foot Box Cars – All That Color!
Gene Schaeffer The Montour Railroad
Jim Sacco The Modernization of Main Street and How It Affects Our Modeling
Mike Schleigh More WAG Tales
Neal Schorr Line Poles and Pole Lines
Mike Shylanski Evans Coil Steel Cars: Cocoons, Clamshells and Breadboxes
Darrall Swift Under the Big Stack
Darrall Swift Why I Chose to Model the Burlington Northern & Milwaukee Road in North Central Montana
Mont Switzer Monon 40-foot Steel Box Car Fleet
Chip Syme Conrail Through the Eyes of an Employee
Roy Ward Pennsylvania Railroad Southwest Branch
John Wesner Prototype Freelancing
Dave Wilson Scratchbuilding the Prototype You Need: Structures, Locomotives and Freight Cars
Bob Zoella Conrail's Conemaugh Line - Big Time Railroading in a Small Space!

Click here for additional Presentation details.

Review past RPM-East presenters and topics.

Bryce Workman displayed several HO scale vintage vehicles at the 2015 event.

Ben Keltz displayed a number of HO scale freight cars in 2015, including this upgraded NKP composite hopper.

Op Sessions: Several layouts in our region will be hosting operating sessions. All layouts are HO scale.

Bill Alko - Chessie System
Dave Baker - Cumberland & Lake Erie
John Bennett - B&O and Western Maryland
Andy Blenko - Conrail Mainline, east of Pittsburgh
Ken Hanawalt - Turtle Creek Railroad
James Pinkney - Western Maryland Railway
E. Roy Ward - West Virginia Central & Pittsburgh

Layout Visits: Doors will be open on Sunday at several area layouts for open house visits. The following home layouts are set for the event: Bill Alko, Dave Baker, John Bennett, Andy Blenko, Dave Demillio, Ken Hanawalt, Richie Jodon, Justin Malik, James Pinkney, E. Roy Ward, and Dennis Williams.

The following area clubs will also have their doors open: Connellsville Club, the McKeesport Model Railroad Club, Mid-Mon Valley Railroad Club in New Eagle, and the Mon Valley RR Historical Society in Morgantown, WV.

Our model display room has plenty of tables. Over 500 models were displayed at the 2015 RPM-East. Bring your latest efforts and works-in-progress to share with others.

Click here for a model display cards PDF file so you can jot down the details about the models you display. There are four cards to a sheet.


Here are links documenting past RPM-East events.

RPM-East 2015 - John Frantz PBase Gallery
RPM-East 2015 - Eric Hansmann PBase Gallery
RPM-East 2013 - Eric Hansmann PBase Gallery
RPM-East 2011 - John Frantz PBase Gallery
RPM-East 2011 - Eric Hansmann PBase Gallery

Tom Wilson shares video of an operating session at Larry Kline's Bowest O scale layout.


Vendors: The vendor room will be full with many favorites. Here are the vendors set to attend.

Scenic Express is located in nearby Delmont, PA. They will be open 9-5 on Saturday and 10-3 Sunday. RPM-East attendees will be welcome to shop the warehouse.

An HO scale Northern Pacific double sheathed box car was among several models Jim Kubanick disolayed in 2015.

In 2015, Bill Hanley traveled from several states away to display a number if fine HO scale B&O models.

George Smozski displayed a few well detailed O scale models in 2013.


Our model display room has plenty of tables. Over 500 models were displayed at the 2015 RPM-East. Bring your latest efforts and works-in-progress to share with others.

Bob Hubbard displayed this HO scale special load and depressed-center flat car in 2015. Photo by John Frantz.

Spencer Duncan and David Bott collaborated on this southern short line caboose that was displayed in 2015.

Here's an HO scale locomotive Fred Lass displayed in 2015. This was one of a couple dozen models Fred brought to RPM-East.

Another HO scale cabin displayed by Jim Hunter from the 2015 RPM-East.

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