JULY 2022:  The Illinois Terminal O’Fallon Branch proved to be the perfect setting for Steve Goaring’s HO scale model railroad, featuring laid-back branch line operations set in the summer of 1961. The late Jim Sacco kitbashes a modern warehouse using off-the-shelf Pikestuff kits, while Phil Holden shows us how he scratchbuilt a unique three-door wooden boxcar for his logging camp. Inspired by a vintage photo in a book, Jorge Faz builds a model of a unique dimensional billboard in HO and O scale. Enjoy modeling tips and techniques, product news and reviews, and more in the July issue of Railroad Model Craftsman!

Rapido Trains Releases New Chevrolet Caprices and Impalas in HO

Rapido Trains Releases New Chevrolet Caprices and Impalas in HO

Rapido is now shipping HO scale replicas of Chevrolet Caprice and Impala sedans and station wagons in multiple versions and variations.


Steve Goaring’s Illinois Terminal O’Fallon Branch

Steve Goaring’s Illinois Terminal O’Fallon Branch

Set in the summer of 1961, Steve Goaring’s HO scale model railroad hosts relaxed operations on the Illinois Terminal O’Fallon Branch


Corrugated Steel from Tin Foil

Corrugated Steel from Tin Foil

It’s easy to make your own corrugated steel panels from embossed tin foil to enhance the look of a standard Walthers structure kit.


Athearn Genesis 2.0 EMD SD60M “Triclops” Locomotive

Athearn Genesis 2.0 EMD SD60M “Triclops” Locomotive

This model has been upgraded from the wheels up with a higher level of detail and a host of other improvements enough for Athearn to rechristen this unit as part of their Genesis 2.0 product line.


Rapido Trains’ GM ‘New Look’ Transit Buses

Rapido Trains’ GM ‘New Look’ Transit Buses

The New Look Bus was the face of North American public transit in the latter half of the 20th century, with almost 45,000 built between 1959 and 1986.


Train Odors?

Train Odors?

We have lights, sound and even smoke on our layouts. But what about smell?


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