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!

WRP welcomes Justin Franz to staff of Railroad Model Craftsman

April 6, 2020

WRP welcomes Justin Franz to staff of Railroad Model Craftsman

WRP is pleased to announce that Justin Franz will be joining the full-time staff of Railroad Model Craftsman as an Associate Editor.

Simple Options for Modeling Faded Paint

March 16, 2020

Simple Options for Modeling Faded Paint

In the past few years I have come across two very simple procedures to replicate faded paint on various types of model railroad equipment that anyone can master easily.

John Peluso’s HO Scale Frisco Lines

March 16, 2020

John Peluso’s HO Scale Frisco Lines

John Peluso models the busy St. Louis-to-Springfield section of the Frisco, based on his fond childhood memories riding his bike down to the tracks near Sublette Ave. in St. Louis.

Collector Consist: Lionel’s Burlington Northern GP30 in HO Scale

March 13, 2020

Collector Consist: Lionel’s Burlington Northern GP30 in HO Scale

Lionel’s return to HO scale in 1976 included the release of an EMD GP30 model decorated for Burlington Northern. This model went on to live in the Bachmann catalog in later years.

John Russell’s Rock Island Line in O Scale

February 24, 2020

John Russell’s Rock Island Line in O Scale

After running on the same territory for more than 40 years, John Russell decided to model the Rock Island’s transition period in O scale.

The N Scale Tenino Western Railroad

January 22, 2020

The N Scale Tenino Western Railroad

Tyler Whitcomb takes us on a tour of his freelanced Pacific Northwest lumber-hauling short line in N scale.

Easy and Effective Foreground Trees for Your Model Railroad

January 15, 2020

Easy and Effective Foreground Trees for Your Model Railroad

Good-looking trees can be created in less than half an hour per tree, from start to finish. This method doesn’t require many items or tools, so jump in!

An Operating Engine Terminal

December 18, 2019

An Operating Engine Terminal

Prototypical steam-era engine terminal operations can be modeled in a relatively small space. You might be surprised to find how varied and busy a layout like Fillmore Terminal can be.

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.