The Garden State RPM Meet

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:: November 14 - 15, 2015 ::

The Union County Vocational-Technical School is our location.
1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
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The event is co-sponsored by the Garden State Division, Northeastern Region, of the National Model Railroad Association

Pre-registration is only $15 (pre-registration deadline is November 1, 2015)
Registration is $20 starting November 1, and at the door.

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2015 Garden State RPM Registration Fee

The best hobby bargain in New Jersey!!

In addition to the model railroad layout design and operations focus, the event has a large room for Railroad Prototype Modeler displays! Many tables will be available to display your latest railroad model projects in finished or unfinished forms.

Here's who we have lined up for presentations at our 2015 event. Additional speakers and the presentation topics will be posted soon!

Craig Bisgeier, David Capener, Jim Dalberg, John Greene, Vince Lee, Dave Oleson, Ramon Rhodes, Rich Taylor, and Kaylee Zheng!

Hotels in the area:

Best Western Westfield Inn
435 North Avenue W, Westfield, NJ 07090
Call to Book: 1-855-276-7320
Holiday Inn Clark
36 Valley Road, Clark, New Jersey 07066
Contact: 732-574-0100
Kenilworth Inn – Kenilworth
60 S 31st St, Kenilworth, NJ, 07033
Contact: ‎866 539 8430‎

Download this campus map so you can easily find your way to the event!

We have plenty of space for vendor tables. Hobby vendors should drop us a message at to get on board the 2015 Garden State RPM event!


A variety of HO scale models following northeastern prototypes was displayed by Tim Moses at the 2014 event.

Ralph DeBlasi brought a few recent HO scale projects for display and discussion.


Here are the 2014 event details.


A day of presentations focused on model railroad layout design and operations. Several of the region's top model railroaders will discuss their experiences and lessons learned as they designed their layouts for operations. 

Craig Bisgeier - Designing and Building a Laser-Cut Boxcar
Ralph De Blasi - Lehigh Valley Railroad, Wyoming Division: A design primer
Jim Dalberg - Lackawanna Passenger Trains: its equipment, plus modeling its operations.
Jim Fawcett - Designing a layout based on the B&O's Old Main
Ralph Heiss - Hands on: Weathering with Pan Pastels
Jay Held - Erie Lackawanna TOFC
Rob Hinkle - Researching and Designing a Reading Company Layout
Tony Koester - Creative Kitbashing
Bob Nalbone - Commuter Trains and their operations
Ramon Rhodes - Five Crossings, Five Junctions, and Two Sets of Joint Track,
                             Designing the BNSF Chillicothe Subdivision [Layout Design Elements From The Prototype],
Part 2
Bill Schaumburg - Touring the American Rock Salt Company
Jim Schweitzer - How to apply TT&TO to your layout



Self-guided layout tours.  Here's a chance to visit and see some of the best layouts the area has to offer. 
Here are the layouts that were open for our 2014 event.

Craig Bisgeier - Housatonic Railroad in 1892
Ted DiIorio - Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad, Pennsylvania Division, circa 1943
Jim Fawcett - Baltimore & Ohio Old Main Line, circa 1960
Tony Koester - Nickel Plate Road, Third Subdivision
Dave Olesen - CSX Alleghany Subdivision, Circa 1986
Dave Ramos - New York Harbor Railroad: New York Central, Lehigh Valley, and Erie waterfront operations, circa 1947
Andy Rubbo - Pennsylvania Railroad Northeast Corridor, New Jersey Division
Perry Squier - Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern
Jerry Woolley - New York and Long Branch


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