MAY 2018: General Electric U30B no. 846 leads southbound Train 62 over the Bull Creek bridge north of Paola, Kansas, on Rick McClellan’s HO scale Frisco Northern Division layout. Joseph Kreiss displays weathering tips to make “soggy” gondolas, Jon H. Fleming and Nick Muff team up to present an in-depth study of Southern Pacific’s 4-6-2 Sunbeam steam locomotive, the fourth installment of George Riley and Otto Vondrak’s “Consider the Commuter” RMC Project Layout examines the production of Bucklin Junction, Joel Priest expertly creates countersunk fascia switches, Trevor Marshall demonstrates the value of building a fully-loaded work desk for your layout, and much more in the May issue of Railroad Model Craftsman!

Soggy Gondolas: Modeling Wet Weather

Soggy Gondolas: Modeling Wet Weather

If you model a railroad that operates in wet weather region, adding trapped rainwater to the cargo area of the car can be a detail that takes your empty gondola to a new level.


A Caboose Comes to the Farm

A Caboose Comes to the Farm

I have always wanted a real caboose in my yard, but have never been able to afford one. One night while sitting at my work bench I thought why not model a caboose in the front of the farm house on my layout? And so began the project.


Review: Chasing the Powhatan Arrow

Review: Chasing the Powhatan Arrow

Michael Abraham’s latest travelogue, Chasing the Powhatan Arrow, does not follow the normal course of a book about railroads. Abraham approaches his subject from the viewpoint of presenting an economic geographic assessment of the region between Norfolk, Va., and Cincinnati, Ohio.


Product Review: Athearn Southern Pacific EMD SD39 in HO Scale

Product Review: Athearn Southern Pacific EMD SD39 in HO Scale

Southern Pacific modelers are in for a real treat with this locomotive. With its road-specifc features, Athearn’s rendition of the SP EMD SD39 really captures all the subtle nuances of this signature Espee locomotive.


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