DECEMBER 2021:  Marc Pitanza proves there’s always room for a layout as we tour his HO scale model of Baltimore & Ohio’s busy engine terminal on Staten Island. Just in time for the holidays, Craig Wilson shows us how to model the seasonal trackside industry of shipping Christmas trees by rail. Don Janes kitbashes a Rapido MLW RS-18 and turns it into a Canadian Pacific RS-10, Chris Lane shares scale drawings of Rio Grande narrow gauge cabooses, and Tom Piccirillo brings us a colorful introduction to the various types of trolley and traction passenger, freight, and work cars. Enjoy modeling tips and techniques, product news and reviews, and more in the December issue of Railroad Model Craftsman!

New Conoco Tank Cars for HOn3, On3

New Conoco Tank Cars for HOn3, On3

Narrow Gauge Tank Cars for Continental Oil Company in a multitude of variations.


Diesel Variety at Staten Island’s Arlington Yard

Diesel Variety at Staten Island’s Arlington Yard

This detailed micro-layout depicts Baltimore & Ohio’s busy diesel terminal and engine house on Staten Island in HO scale.


Christmas Trees Shipped by Rail

Christmas Trees Shipped by Rail

Shipping Christmas trees by rail was once a very lucrative seasonal business, and can be easily modeled in almost any location or era.


WalthersProto EMD FP7 Locomotive

WalthersProto EMD FP7 Locomotive

WalthersProto has released a model of one of the most iconic North American diesel locomotives: The FP7.


Walthers Post War Prefab ‘Cracker Box’ House Kit

Walthers Post War Prefab ‘Cracker Box’ House Kit

Designed to house veterans returning from the Second World War, these 600-square-foot single-story structures were common in the 1950s and 1960s.


Era-Swapping with Structures

Era-Swapping with Structures

As time went on and I became interested in modeling more than one era and railroad. Structures made that possible.


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