The Mid-Atlantic Railroad Prototype Modelers (MARPM) meet was first held in 2013 in the Fredericksburg, Virginia area. It joined the growing ranks of small, intimate meets across the country catering to advanced model railroaders interested in prototype-inspired or prototype-faithful modeling.
Our meet centers around two days of clinics, displays, networking, and camaraderie. Clinics include in-depth presentations on prototype and modeling topics ranging from track planning to the specific details of freight cars from one period of one railroad's history. Increasingly-popular hands-on clinics have included soldering, weathering, building resin kits, and structure lighting with LEDs. Many attendees bring models to display, and the quality and prototype fidelity of our attendees' work has been remarkable.
A small set of specialized vendors is on hand to demonstrate and sell their wares. Door prizes donated by sponsors have included locomotives, subscriptions, detail parts, and tools, with the proceeds donated 50/50 to charity.
Operating sessions, open houses, and railfanning have been scheduled on the day before and after the main event.
We have been fortunate to have the attendance and participation of nationally-recognized model railroaders including (but not limited to) Butch Eyler, Andrew Dodge, Bernie Kempinski, Marty McGuirk, Lance Mindheim, and Tony Sissons.
Our meet is organized and run strictly by volunteers, with registration fees going to offset the expenses. RPM meets appeal most to advanced model railroaders, but all modelers with an interest in the faithful modeling of prototype subjects are welcome. We hope you will join us for our next meet!