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!

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.

A Caboose Comes to the Farm

April 18, 2018

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.

The Frisco Northern Division in HO Scale

April 18, 2018

The Frisco Northern Division in HO Scale

Like most modelers, I am often asked why I chose the Frisco. The biggest reason is that it’s a great trip back to a simpler time and place. No matter where my family went in Springfield, there was the Frisco, so I associate those great family times with the railroad.

O Scale Trains Magazine joins the WRP Family

March 5, 2018

O Scale Trains Magazine joins the WRP Family

White River Productions is pleased to announce it has acquired O Scale Trains Magazine from publisher Jaini Giannovario, effective immediately. Brian Scace will remain the editor of OST, along with his crew of regular columnists.

The N Scale Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad

February 20, 2018

The N Scale Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad

Jon Percy had considered modeling a fictional shortline based on my hometown. After receiving a tour of the compact and efficient facilities at Butler Yard, he decided to model the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad in N scale.

Simple Techniques for Weathering Common Brick Buildings

February 7, 2018

Simple Techniques for Weathering Common Brick Buildings

While the façade of the model building calls for the look of polished brick and neatly painted wood trim, the common bricks of the sides and back need special attention. Here a modeler can draw upon boyhood memories of taking shortcuts down dingy alleys to get to the rail yard and its various late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century brick buildings.

EMD SD30C-ECO: Kitbashing a Prototype Rebuild in HO Scale

January 22, 2018

EMD SD30C-ECO: Kitbashing a Prototype Rebuild in HO Scale

In 2012, Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) began a program to take its existing SD40–2 locomotives and convert them into SD30C-ECO units. These units provide lower fuel consumption and improved reliability over the older 645-based EMD locomotives.

Consider the Commuter: An RMC Project Layout: Part 1

January 18, 2018

Consider the Commuter: An RMC Project Layout: Part 1

Whether you have an established model railroad or are just starting out; whether you model the steam era or modern diesels; whether you model the New Mexico desert or a bustling East Coast city, you can make commuter trains a part of your plans.

Mike McClain’s MKT Kansas City South in HO Scale

October 15, 2017

Mike McClain’s MKT Kansas City South in HO Scale

It was Missouri-Kansas-Texas’ John Deere green-and-yellow diesels that caught Mike McClain’s eye as he watched Katy trains working south out of Kansas City. Those experiences cemented his decision to build the MKT in the basement of his suburban Kansas City home.

The Devil in the Details

October 1, 2017

The Devil in the Details

Even before I got into the part business, I was a detail hound. I became aware at a young age that it is better to know something about the real thing before you add details your model.