AUGUST 2022:  We wrap up our 2022 NMRA National Convention preview with a visit to Richard Rands’ beautiful On30 Mineral & Southfork Railway. James Kinkaid returns with scale drawings of the Evans “Side Slider” boxcar, Dave Abeles shows us how he modeled a highway bridge from upstate New York, Jeff Johnston upgrades older brass steam engines with updated DCC and sound circuits, and Wayne Wesolowski scratchbuilds an O scale crossing watchman’s shanty from styrene. Enjoy modeling tips and techniques, product news and reviews, and more in the August 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.


Richard Rands’ On30 Mineral & Southfork Railway

Richard Rands’ On30 Mineral & Southfork Railway

This freelanced O scale narrow gauge layout is inspired by the mining history of Alaska, and will be featured as part of the home layout tours during the 2022 NMRA National Convention in St. Louis.


DCC Sound Upgrades for Brass Steam

DCC Sound Upgrades for Brass Steam

How to upgrade old imported brass steam locomotive models with improved DCC sound and keep-alive circuits.


Bachmann Trains’ Siemens Mobility ALC-42 Charger Locomotive

Bachmann Trains’ Siemens Mobility ALC-42 Charger Locomotive

Amtrak’s new ALC-42 long-distance service locomotives went into service in early 2022. Now Bachmann is offering a model of the new locomotives in HO scale.


Rapido Trains’ Later Phase F40PH

Rapido Trains’ Later Phase F40PH

This latest release from Rapido Trains represents their third production of HO scale F40PH locomotives. Earlier runs featured Phase I F40PHs, Canadian VIA F40PH-2Ds, and F40 “Cabbage” car conversions.


Americans Abroad: Export Diesels

Americans Abroad: Export Diesels

Producing models of North American diesels made for the export market would possibly tap a new market and broaden the horizon of the model railroad hobby.


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