RMC Extra Board

Welcome to Craftsman Extra Board! This section is updated periodically with short features contributed by our readers, as well as some recent favorites straight from the pages of Railroad Model Craftsman. Check back as we continue to add new articles!

Lake Erie & Southern Passenger Operations

January 18, 2019

Lake Erie & Southern Passenger Operations

With a bit of planning, most model railroads can amplify operational interest and create crew positions that draw even hardcore freight engineers onto sleek passenger trains.

Arrowhead Models H39 Hopper Repaints

January 18, 2019

Arrowhead Models H39 Hopper Repaints

Stephen Priest creates custom decals and weathering effects to postdate the Arrowhead Models H39 Pennsylvania Railroad hopper into a credible Conrail model from the late 1970s.

2018 Year End Message

December 21, 2018

2018 Year End Message

Stephen Priest has chosen to accept a position in the model railroad industry and will be leaving us in the early part of the new year. A new editor will be named soon.

Milwaukee Road River Subdivision in HO Scale

November 26, 2018

Milwaukee Road River Subdivision in HO Scale

Building on his long railroading career, Steve Brudlos’ beautiful HO scale model railroad represents a portion of the Milwaukee Road River Subdivision between the Twin Cities and La Crosse.

Union Pacific EMD SD70ACes and SD70AHs: Prototype Data and Details

October 17, 2018

Union Pacific EMD SD70ACes and SD70AHs: Prototype Data and Details

In the October 2018 issue you will find an article on how to accurately model a Union Pacific EMD SD70AH from the HO scale Walthers Trainline SD70ACe model. This month we provide additional prototype data and detail photos of UP SD70ACes and SD70AHs.

True Grit for Model Railroad Scenery

August 23, 2018

True Grit for Model Railroad Scenery

Readily available at most hardware and farm supply stores. poultry grit can find many uses for model railroad scenery in all scales.

Bay Area Prototype Modelers 2018 Show Report

July 19, 2018

Bay Area Prototype Modelers 2018 Show Report

Our associate editor attended the 15th Annual San Francisco Bay Area Prototype Modelers Meet on Saturday, June 16, in Richmond, Calif., featuring hundreds of scale model exhibits from local modelers.

Iowa Interstate West End in HO Scale

June 19, 2018

Iowa Interstate West End in HO Scale

The Iowa Interstate took over operation of the old Rock Island main line between Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Bureau, Ill., in 1984. Joe Atkinson models the railroad in May 2005, reflecting a time he spent on the prototype line railfanning and documenting its operations.

Consider the Commuter Part 5: Kitbashing Structures for Flagstone

June 4, 2018

Consider the Commuter Part 5: Kitbashing Structures for Flagstone

In this installment, we’re going to focus on the key rail-served structures in this scene. When we began this series, we tried to select building kits that would be readily available and easy to customize.

Soggy Gondolas: Modeling Wet Weather

April 25, 2018

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.