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!

RMC Layout Design Clinic: Guild’s Lake Industrial Park

November 18, 2019

RMC Layout Design Clinic: Guild’s Lake Industrial Park

With dozens of active customer sidings, Guild’s Lake in Portland, Oregon, is an ideal prototype for modeling the practices of urban industrial switching.

Dave Waraxa’s BNSF Railway Kootenai River Sub

November 18, 2019

Dave Waraxa’s BNSF Railway Kootenai River Sub

Dave Waraxa’s freelanced HO scale BNSF Kootenai River Subdivision is loosely based on the busy main line route between Spokane, Wash., and Sandpoint, Idaho.

Modeling Riverbank Tree Roots

November 13, 2019

Modeling Riverbank Tree Roots

Because stream bank erosion is such a common occurrence, and the results so visually interesting, this natural effect of exposed tree roots begs to be modeled.

Morada Belt Revisited

October 18, 2019

Morada Belt Revisited

Dave Stanley expands operations on this HO scale showcase of freelanced mid-century Western railroading. Santa Fe, Southern Pacific, Union Pacific, and Western Pacific are now joined by Burlington; Rio Grande; Great Northern; Milwaukee Road; Northern Pacific; Rock Island; and Spokane, Portland & Seattle.

Kansas City Southern Third Sub in HO Scale

September 27, 2019

Kansas City Southern Third Sub in HO Scale

With the help of many friends and family, Steve Davis’ Third Sub represents Kansas City Southern operations between Heavener and Watts, Okla., in 1982.

Consider the Commuter, Part 9: Operations

September 15, 2019

Consider the Commuter, Part 9: Operations

LAST STOP! It’s hard to believe we have reached the end of the line. In this installment, we discuss operations on our fictional NJ Transit Flagstone Branch.

Consider the Commuter, Part 8: Equipment

August 28, 2019

Consider the Commuter, Part 8: Equipment

In this installment of our RMC Project Railroad series, we’ll take a look at different kinds of commuter trains and how you can model them.

Collector Consist: AHM’s Pioneering Alco C424

August 22, 2019

Collector Consist: AHM’s Pioneering Alco C424

Roco produced a model of Alco’s popular Century 424 diesel for AHM between 1975 and 1981, most likely based on drawings that appeared previously in Railroad Model Craftsman.

Northwoods Memories: Chicago & North Western in HO Scale

August 22, 2019

Northwoods Memories: Chicago & North Western in HO Scale

Born and raised on the shores of Lake Michigan in Port Washington, Wisconsin, John Meuller was enamored by childhood memories of the Chicago & North Western.

Consider the Commuter, Part 7: Scenery at Flagstone

July 25, 2019

Consider the Commuter, Part 7: Scenery at Flagstone

In this installement of our RMC Project Railroad series, we apply ballast and ground cover and place structures for the end-of-the-line scene at Flagstone.