RMC Perspective

Welcome to RMC Perspective, where we explore the hobby and philospohy of model railroading from a variety of points of view.

The Original Hotshots

April 30, 2022

The Original Hotshots

Long before fast-flying Z trains, the milk train was the original hotshot.

A Plea for Small Steam

April 26, 2022

A Plea for Small Steam

Author Miles Callan argues that model manufacturers need to make more small steam locomotives.

The Story of Interchange

December 9, 2021

The Story of Interchange

How about, instead of using interchange tracks to ship and receive random freight cars, we use them to tell a story?

Era-Swapping with Structures

September 15, 2021

Era-Swapping with Structures

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

Staying on the Rails

August 20, 2021

Staying on the Rails

Sometimes I hear from friends that they’ve lost interest in the hobby. It’s something that happens to all of us, to varying degrees.

Sounds Good

June 9, 2021

Sounds Good

Scott Williamson says even just adding the sound of a crossing gate to your layout can bring a whole new level of realism to your modeling. 

Growing Up With Amtrak

May 5, 2021

Growing Up With Amtrak

Steve Barry never experienced the “golden age” of passenger rail, but Amtrak has provided plenty of memories and colorful images that he’ll always cherish.

Track and Time

March 17, 2021

Track and Time

Maintenance of Way operations go largely unnoticed in the world of scale modeling. But John Brahaney wanted to change that.

A Layout Inside a Layout

March 1, 2021

A Layout Inside a Layout

David Richter came up with a unique way to improve operations on his O scale layout: He built another one.

Layout For a Cause

February 17, 2021

Layout For a Cause

A group of modelers in Montana’s Flathead Valley donated their time to build a model railroad for a newly-built children’s hospital.