STL RPM Learning Stations

Learn advanced techniques

St. Louis RPM offers stations to learn advanced modeling techniques from some of the industry’s best companies. Learn how to weather your freight cars, build track and switches, install sound systems in locomotives, and other advanced processes in a one-on-one atmosphere with a hands on approach to modeling. Below are 5 of the learning stations featured at the 2021 event.

STL RPM Learning Center

The Weathering Shop

Shop Crew

"Weather" you want to have mild or extreme weathering on your models, there are many techniques and products available, with which we will try to enlighten you at the Weathering Shop table. We'll be doing some hands on weathering, so bring a model, sit down, and get dirty!

Proto Modeling

Dave Schroedle

Pull up a chair and join me anytime for some tips on how to use the various products, materials, and methods available today to make YOUR models capture that "real railroad look." I can help you make it look easy, and make it look better.

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ProtoThrottle Introduction

Mike Osterag

Mike a CN engineer, will be talking about how the ProtoThrottle emulates a prototypical locomotive control stand and how it can make your operating experience more realistic and fun.

All About Airbrushing

Badger Air Brush

Please join "The Badger Boys" John Lee and Dan Osborn in a hands on learning opportunity to learn all about air brushing. This clinic is for the beginner as well as the professional air brusher. We will go over the ABC’s of air brushing and give YOU a chance to learn everything there is to painting your models.

Introduction to JMRI

Brian Post

Learn the basics and ask any question for using both Decoder Pro and Panel Pro.

Decoder Pro:

  • Throttle demonstrations in JMRI (Java Model Railroad Interface)
  • Programming and trouble shooting all decoders
  • Using different screen displays
  • Creating a log of your locomotives

Panel Pro:

  • Programming and trouble shooting your DCC components ( Digirax PM-42 & DCS-240 )
  • Making a switch list for running trains
  • Creating an inventory of rolling stock and locomotives