RPM-East is BACK for 2023!!!

Save the dates: March 24 and 25, 2023!

And we have a NEW location!!
Westmoreland County Community College
Student Achievement Center
145 Pavilion Lane, Youngwood, PA 15697

Hundreds of models will be on display. Photo by John Albert.

Our new home has great sized rooms for presentations, model displays, and vendor sales. We are looking forward to relaunching RPM-East in 2023! Make your plans to attend and re-energize your modeling efforts as winter melts into spring.

In addition to the on-site events, we are planning operating sessions on local layouts and a Sunday self-guided home layout tour. A few railfan opportunities are nearby. The Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad runs through Youngwood as it makes rail connections in Greensburg and Connellsville. The busy Norfolk Southern main line is just north of nearby Greensburg, while the CSX mainline is 20 miles south in Connellsville, PA.

Register now to attend one of the longest running railroad prototype modeling meets in the east.

Early registration is only $35!!

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

A traditional PDF registration form is ready to download, complete, and mail in. Click on the above link to get rolling.

We also accept PayPal for your registration! Click on the Add to Cart button to purchase with PayPal.

In 2019, Jack Consoli displayed a number of HO scale models inspired by Pittsburgh area prototoypes. Photo by Larry Linger.

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Check out the RPM event calendar for more events.

Several hotels are available in nearby New Stanton, which is less than five miles to our event site. Check this Google Map for locations and contact points. Explore on that map to find options in Greensburg.

Several restaurants are located in New Stanton and Youngwood. Review this Google Map for more details. Greensburg has additional options.


Presentations: We have 36 speakers committed for our 2023 meet. A tentative list is below. Presentation details will be added soon.

Andy Blenko, Jim Braum, John Brown, Pere Clarke, Kenton Colvin, Mike Crosby, Dan Cupper, Gary Deavers, Keith DeVault, Ted DiIorio, Jerry Doyle, Steve Funaro, John Greene, Eric Hansmann, Mike Hohn, Ben Hom, Hunter Hughson, Matt Hurst, Will Jamison, Jerry Jordak, Bernie Kempinski, Ken Kobus, Dennis Lippert, Marty McGuirk, Mike Niedzalkoski, Dave Owens, George Pandelios, Jim Panza, Bill Schaumburg, Neal Schorr, Mike Shylanski, Robert Sprague, Mont Switzer, Chip Syme, Mat Thompson, Brad White, and Kaylee Zheng.

Review past RPM-East presenters and topics.

RPM-East photo galleries

Jerry Britton's 2019 RPM-East Recap
Bernard Kempinski's 2019 RPM-East summary
RPM-East 2019 - Eric Hansmann PBase Gallery
RPM-East 2017 - Eric Hansmann PBase Gallery
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.

Matt Hurst displayed several HO scale models at the 2019 RPM-East.

Vendors: A large room will be filled with vendors and historical societies. The following plan to attend our 2023 event.

Bethlehem Car Works

CMP Shops

Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society

Plate C Model Prototypes

Pro Custom Hobbies

Railway & Locomotive Historical Society


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
7:00-10:00 pm - Presentations

Saturday 9:00 am - Registration opens
9:00 am - Presentations begin
11:30-1:00 pm - Lunch break
1:00-5:00 pm - Presentations
5:00-7:00 pm - Dinner break
7:00-10:00 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.

The Blenko's Conrail Pittsburgh Mainline features mainline action and heavy industry customers.
Photo by Andy Blenko.

A busy dispatcher on the Blenko's Conrail Pittsburgh Mainline layout in 2019. Photo by Andy Blenko.

Op Sessions: Nine area layouts will be hosting Thursday evening operating sessions.

Turtle Creek owner Ken Hanawalt encourages you to join a Thursday night operating session. These sessions are a great way to discover new friends, learn how a layout owner models history, management, and purpose of a prototype, and have some fun. Sessions are easy going with regular operators assisting visitors. More details coming soon!

Layout Visits: Several area layouts will be open for Sunday self-guided visits.

Our model display room will have plenty of tables. Over 500 models were displayed at the 2019 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.

Justin Mauser displayed several models in 2019, including his N scale Southwest Pennsylvania diesel.

Dave Wilson shared several HO scale steam locomotives inspired by Pittsburgh prototypes. Photo by Larry Linger.

Steve Raith displayed his Riverview Terminal tower in 2019. This was one of many models he brought. Photo by John Albert.

Greg Dizon displayed a variety of HO scale vehicles in 2019. Photo by John Frantz.

Atlantic & Yadkin modeler David Bott displayed his classic caboose at the 2019 RPM-East. Photo by Larry Linger.

Several display models followed prototypes from industrial Pittsburgh. Jack Consoli shared several HO scale models of his efforts in 2019. Photo by John Albert.

Tom Haag displayed a number of HO scale freight cars at the 2019 RPM-East.


Site updated 11/28/2022