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!

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.

The Company Photographer: Bringing Things into Focus

July 20, 2019

The Company Photographer: Bringing Things into Focus

As with any technology, taking good photos of your model railroad with today’s digital cameras requires a certain level of understanding of how they work.

Stevens Mine Job

July 20, 2019

Stevens Mine Job

An inner stair wall, about eight feet in length, was basically a blank canvas. I concluded that this space could be converted into yet another coal loading area and could greatly expand upon the work required by the Stevens Crew.

Salt Lake Southern

June 19, 2019

Salt Lake Southern

Gary Petersen’s HO scale Salt Lake Southern is a modern bridge route spanning Utah and Wyoming, with a focus on realistic operations.

Collector Consist: The Atlas-Kato Connection

June 19, 2019

Collector Consist: The Atlas-Kato Connection

In 1985, Atlas began to source new locomotive releases from Kato of Japan, taking their line to a new level that raised the bar on consumer expectations for all future HO scale diesel models.

Scratchbuilt Brass Bridge in HO Scale

April 15, 2019

Scratchbuilt Brass Bridge in HO Scale

Before you decide that scratchbuilding or working in metal is too difficult: read on. Scratchbuilding is not difficult. Soldering and working with metals is not difficult if you keep a few principles in your thoughts as you work.

Locomotive Maintenance & Inspection Terminal

April 15, 2019

Locomotive Maintenance & Inspection Terminal

Stephen Priest decided early on that he wanted a major locomotive facility on his Santa Fe St. Louis Division to showcase his motive power while modeling the practices of the prototype. The care and servicing of locomotives is very interesting and fun to replicate.

Modeling Passenger Terminal Operations

April 15, 2019

Modeling Passenger Terminal Operations

A passenger terminal can open an entirely new vista of passenger train operations. In addition to arrivals and departures, cars can be switched into or out of consists, trains can be turned and moved to storage yards for servicing, and locomotives turned, serviced, or swapped.

Weathering an ex-Penn Central Conrail Boxcar

February 13, 2019

Weathering an ex-Penn Central Conrail Boxcar

Jeff Meyer of The Weathering Shop shows us his secrets on how to apply weathering for a strikingly accurate HO scale rendition of a ex-Penn Central boxcar that survived into the Conrail era.