Napereville Railroad Prototype Modelers Meet 2008 - Prototype modeling is the art and craft of replicating real trains in model form. Modelers strive for a high amount of realism when building model locomotives, cars, structures and even scenery. A lot of the modeling is museum quality.
The prototype modelers meets are gatherings in which to share prototype information. Modelers present and attend clinics focusing on specific prototype aspects of railroading; the information helps modelers build better models. The presentations allow modelers of various skill levels to learn new techniques and closely examine real trains and industries. The value is in the quality of the presentations and the ability to ask questions.
There is also a display room where modelers bring current and completed projects for display. This year there were several hundred models in the display room and two operating layouts. The gallery below shows off the modeling represented at the RPM meet this year.
I want to thank all of the individuals who participated and brought models to the meet this year. I personally appreciate the chance to see the inspiring work of others and the informal chats in the display room. This show is also the first time I brought a model to share in the display room (Chessie GP30). I find the meets to be an encouraging way to try new techniques to improve my models. The model isn't perfect but so far it is a culmination of what I have learned from the helpful folks in the RPM. Below is a mere sampling of the models in the display room, please enjoy the photos.
I did my very best to credit each photo accurately; if you notice an error please accept my apologies. I am happy update the site with correct information.
Mark N. Goedert