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!

Modeling a Rock Island Commuter Diesel in N Scale

May 4, 2017

Modeling a Rock Island Commuter Diesel in N Scale

Although the venerable Rock Island railroad was thinly stretched in the late 1970s all the way up to its bankruptcy, it still ran commuter trains between downtown Chicago La Salle and Joliet Union Station until it was taken over by the Regional Transportation Agency (RTA), known today as Metra.

Narrow Gauge & Short Line Gazette joins WRP Family

January 10, 2017

Narrow Gauge & Short Line Gazette joins WRP Family

White River Productions is pleased to announce it has acquired the Narrow Gauge & Short Line Gazette magazine from Benchmark Publications.

Modeling a Middletown & New Jersey 44-tonner

December 19, 2016

Modeling a Middletown & New Jersey 44-tonner

Bachmann’s HO scale 44-ton diesel switcher is an excellent match for modeling Middletown & New Jersey No. 2, a typical shortline locomotive.

How to Play With Trains

March 15, 2016

How to Play With Trains

How do we “play” with our layouts? It’s an important question because it ultimately determines how much we enjoy our railroad or whether we enjoy it all. Fewer people than you’d expect can answer the question accurately.

Building a sandblasting booth

February 11, 2016

Building a sandblasting booth

The sandblasting booth was easy to build from a plastic storage box, and would make a great addition to any home workshop.

Pulling a GP18 out of a Tyco GP20

February 11, 2016

Pulling a GP18 out of a Tyco GP20

Often an older, less expensive model can be used as the basis for a kitbash. A very good and inexpensive kit bashing project for beginners, or a reasonable answer to a GP18 for your pike.

A rural New Jersey interchange for Freemo

February 11, 2016

A rural New Jersey interchange for Freemo

The modules are designed to be viewed and operated from both sides, and to mate up when turned 180 degrees. It is a truly revolutionary format that has caught on with many groups across the country. With this in mind, I looked at Hampton, N.J., as a candidate for modular railroading.

A “Hot Shot” Diorama

February 11, 2016

A “Hot Shot” Diorama

A famous O. Winston Link photograph provided the inspiration for this HO scale diorama constructed for an exhibit at the George Eastman House by the RIT Model Railroad Club.

Charles A. Penn – Penn Publications

January 5, 2016

Charles A. Penn – Penn Publications

Charles A. Penn was editor and publisher of Railroad Model Craftsman from 1933 through 1963, when he turned the reins over to Hal Carstens.

Variations on a Theme

December 20, 2015

Variations on a Theme

These five easy projects made use of a readily available inexpensive kit for their basis. Only a few additional items were added to change the character and use of each model.