Rails By The Bay: Frequently
Q: I'm a bit apprehensive about displaying my work. I'm concerned my work doesn't measure up to that of others. Should I bring my models to this event?
Remember, this event is NON-COMPETITIVE!! The goal is not to
compete with your
fellow modelers or demonstrate your mastery of modeling techniques. Rather, it's a chance
to share yoru projects, learn new techniques and ideas from others, talk with your fellow modelers, and let the work of others
inspire you to do more modeling.
Q: How many models can I bring?
A: As many
as you like. We will have plenty of tables available for you to display as many
models as you care to bring.
Q: Can I display dioramas or structures?
A: Yes, you
can display virtually any model that is railroad-related: locomotives, rolling
stock, structures, vehicles, dioramas, and more. Any era, any prototype, any
Q: Can I display documentation with my models?
A: Yes you
can. You're welcomed to display photos, diagrams, drawings, and other reference
information showing how you built the model. We will provide information cards
you can fill out on site if you don't have prepared information.
Q: I want to bring a Free-mo module. What do I need to do?
We are not hosting a Free-mo layout this year due to space limitations. We hope to resume with a Free-mo layout as part of the event next
Q: Will there be manufacturers at this event?
manufacturers have expressed interest in attending this year's event. While
nothing is confirmed yet, the PNW RPM event staff is working to confirm
attendance, and will release more information in the near future.
Q: Will there be a raffle at this event?
as is typical at RPM meets, we will raffle prizes to those who purchased tickets (available
at the door). These prizes are donated by manufacturers and local hobby dealers to help support the cost of this event.
Q: Will food be available at the event?
A: We will
not be serving food at the event, but there are numerous restaurants and coffee shops close by,
and we will provide a list of restaurants and directions for you to use.
Q: Are there discounted hotel rooms available?
rooms are not available thru the RPM event, but the Seattle area has
numerous hotels available within a 5-10 minute drive, including a Sliver Cloud across the street from the event venue.
Q: The last swap meet I attended cost me five dollars. How come this event is more?
off, this isn't a swap meet. There are no tables of for-sale items, nor are
dealers going to be there selling model supplies. This is a day-long event where
you can come and see the models created by other model railroaders in the
Pacific Northwest, listen to well-known modelers present clinics, meet
manufacturers, and run trains
on the Free-mo modular layout. We're hoping you can spend the whole day with us.
Q: Can I bring my kids?
A: Children are
welcomed provided they have constant adult supervision. The typical RPM
meet has lots of models on display without any sort of physical barrier or
other form of protection. Parents are
expected to supervise their children at all times to prevent accidental
damage of others' models or displays. Children's admission will be charged
at the normal adult rate.
Q: Hey, you didn't answer my question! How can I learn more??
Contact us and we'll be happy to answer any question you may have.