The Garden State RPM Meet

Save the date!

:: 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 Garden State Railroad Prototype Modeler event is a 100% National Model Railroad Association supported event.

Registration is $20 starting November 1, and at the door.

Click here for the Registration form (PDF file)
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The best hobby bargain in New Jersey!!

Bring your models! These can be in any scale. Bring in-process works to share your ideas. Many tables will be available for model displays.

A list of speakders and presentations for the 2015 event has been added below. More details will be posted soon!


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!


Special thanks to these companies for door prize donations!

Bethlehem Car Works Accurail Kadee Quality Products
Bob's Photos Archer Transfers Modeling Colors ( Pan Pastels)
Erie Lackawanna Historical Society Atlas Model Railroad Co. Owl Mountain Models
Funaro & Camerlengo Bethlehem Car Works Prime Mover Decals
Garden State Division of the NMRA Blair Line Shortline Model Products
JJL Models BMLA Models Sylvan Scale Models
Rocket Express Clover House Tam Valley Depot ExactRail Tahoe Model Works
Shortline Model Products Funaro & Camerlengo Tangent Scale Models
Speedwitch Media Iwata-Medea Train Control Systems (Decoders)
    Woodland Scenics

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 2015 event details.

Saturday November 14

A day of presentations focused on prototype modeling, model railroad layout design and operations. Several of the region's model railroaders will discuss their experiences and lessons learned.

Dave Abeles - Getting Started with Signals: Reliable Block Detection
Craig Bisgeier - Build More Interesting Bridges from Common Components
David Capener of Bergen National Laser - The Binghamton Erie Lackawanna Station - How Bergen National Laser designed and manufactured their N & HO Scale laser kit
Ralph DeBlasi - Weathering for beginners, no airbrush required. Ralph will be doing a hands-on weathering clinic in the RPM room.
Steve Funaro - B&O/C&O 1947 Welded Hoppers
John Greene - Building Pullman sleepers and coaches using Bethlehem Car Works and Branchline Parts
Jay Held - A Potpourri of Erie-Lackawanna
Vince Lee - Modeling Erie RR Less-than-Carload Operations in the NY Harbor Area
Jim Lincoln - Adventures in Proto48. Going through the why and what I am doing in that most maddening of scales.
Dave Olesen - CSX Alleghany Sub in HO - Concepts, Compromises, and Construction
Ramon Rhodes - Presentation #1 - Five Crossings, Five Junctions, and Two Sets of Joint Track, Designing the BNSF Chillicothe Subdivision [Layout Design Elements from The Prototype], Part 2
              Presentation #2 - Planning a More Realistic Operating Session
Jim Schweitzer - What does a Chief DS do and why it's important to your operations
Rich Taylor - The Central or New Jersey's Pennsylvania Division, Lehigh & Susquehanna - a look at prototype operations in the 1960's and early 1970's
Kaylee Zheng - Using cell phone speakers for DCC sound.

A tentative presentation schedule can be downloaded. The rooms and presentations are subject to change.

Bring your layout designs to display and share. We have plenty of space for displays to share ideas. A design and op help desk will be available Saturday afternoon to assist with your questions.

Lunch and dinner can be found at several good local eateries. Details will be available at the event.

SKILLS USA students will have coffee, donuts, and pizza for sale through the day.

A few local model railroads will be open Saturday evening for self-guided layout tours.  The following layouts are set to be open on Saturday evening.

Dave Abeles - Conrail Onondaga Cutoff RR
Craig Bisgeier - Housatonic Railroad in 1892
Joe Calderone - D&H RR

Sunday November 15

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 ready for the Sunday tour.

Ted DiIorio - Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad, Pennsylvania Division, circa 1943
Steve Kay - Lackawanna Terminal
Tony Koester - Nickel Plate Road, Third Subdivision
Dave Olesen - CSX Alleghany Subdivision, Circa 1986
Ted Pamperin - C&O New River Div. 1943
Andy Rubbo - Pennsylvania Railroad Northeast Corridor, New Jersey Division
Raymond Russell- N&W Pocahontas Div. (Tom’s River area)
Perry Squier - Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern


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