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!

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.

WRP announces Otto Vondrak next editor of Railroad Model Craftsman

February 5, 2019

WRP announces Otto Vondrak next editor of Railroad Model Craftsman

WRP is pleased to announce that Otto Vondrak, associate editor of Railfan & Railroad, has been appointed editor of Railroad Model Craftsman.

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.