March 24 to 27, 2022


We are planning several operating sessions prior to the start of the Meet on Friday afternoon.

Signing up
You need to send me, Steve Salotti, an email (salotti.steve@gmail.com) indicating your choices (1st,2d,3d, Thursday evening or Friday morning). First come, first served—in the case of over-subscription, I’ll keep a wait-list. In the (remote) event we don’t get enough sign-ups we may consolidate sessions. If you do sign up and find you can’t attend, let me know ASAP, so I can fill the slot.

Friday Morning
We will all meet in the lobby of the Desmond at 9:00 AM—this is to (1)make sure everyone has a ride and (2) to pass out directions if needed, and (3) in the event of no-shows, fill any available slots with those who would like to participate. Once these preliminaries are taken care of, we will shove off for the Layouts, which are about 4 to 8 miles from the hotel. Sessions will start about 10 AM and last till about 2:30 PM.

If there are any changes we’ll put the information on this website. www.rpmvalleyforge.com

I’ll provide email addresses to the individual layout owners later.

We will have four operating sessions with a total of 42 slots available. One on Thursday evening, and three on Friday morning, as follows.

Thursday Evening:
Steve Salotti’s NYS&W: 12 slots

Friday Morning:
Paul Backenstose’s WM: 8 slots
Steve Salotti’s NYS&W: 12 slots
Bob Zeolla’s CR Conemaugh Line: 10 Slots

Ops Session Railroad Descriptions

Thursday Evening:
Meet in the Desmond lobby at 6PM

Steve Salotti -
Steve Salotti, 46 Meadow Road, Collegeville, PA 19426
Steve's 300 ft. main line layout is based on the New York Susquehanna & Western in 1949. The moderately large double deck layout represents portions of the line from Edgewater and Jersey City west to the interchange with the Lehigh & New England at Hainesburg Jct. All major interchanges are included, and the computerized freight forwarding system seeks to duplicate the actual traffic patterns for the period modeled. Many of the freight and passenger cars are detailed resin and plastic kits and the proportion is being adjusted to represent actual proportions as new information comes to light. All major track work is complete and scenery is well under way. Timetable & Train Order is used for train control, with phones for communication to the Dispatcher. Control is by Digitrax (simplex only) and WiFi Throttle. If you have your own throttle it would be helpful to bring it.

Friday Morning:
Meet in the Desmond lobby at 9AM

Steve Salotti -

See above description.

Bob Zeolla -
The Conemaugh Line represents the portion of Conrail's operation in Western Pennsylvania diverging from Conrail's Pittsburgh Line at ConPit Junction near Johnstown, and rejoining Conrail's Ft. Wayne Line in Pittsburgh. The modeled portion is from Avonmore to Pittsburgh. Staging extends this area eastward to Johnstown and westward to Conway Yard. The modeled time period is 1978. The hub of operations during this period on the Conemaugh is Kiski Yard. Secondary yards along the line are at Etna and West Tarentum. Operations include through and local freights, unit mineral trains, and branch line and steel mill switching. New since the last RPM meet are fully funtioning virtual signals, which will be covered in my clinic during the meet. More at http://www.facebook.com/conemaugh78 . Digitrax DCC one way, two way, and WiThrottle/EngineDriver. Please bring FRS radios and throttles if you have them.

Paul Backenstose -
Paul models the Western Maryland Railway in 1971 from Hagerstown to Connellsville and a portion of the Thomas Sub. Twenty two trains are run in an operating session, including regularly scheduled freights; coal, coke, hopper and grain extras; and 6 trains on the Thomas Sub. Ridgeley Yard (near Cumberland) is worked by many of these trains.
NCE DCC; throttles not required. FRS radios are required.