RMC Perspective

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

Honoring Friendships

November 15, 2022

Honoring Friendships

There are many ways to honor friends and family members who have passed on our layouts, writes Trevor Marshall.

Budd Cars and Doodlebugs

November 15, 2022

Budd Cars and Doodlebugs

No room for a massive, 12-car passenger train on your layout? No problem. Single-unit passenger trains made up of gas-electric cars or Budd Rail Diesel Cars will come to the rescue! 

Americans Abroad: Export Diesels

July 15, 2022

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.

Share Your Hobby

June 5, 2022

Share Your Hobby

Share your interest in the hobby with the next generation, whether it’s through volunteering, hosting open houses, or joining a club.

Hobos Make the Scene

May 15, 2022

Hobos Make the Scene

Hoboes have been around almost since the railroads were first built and they can add a touch of humanity to our model railroads.

Crafting a Brand

April 20, 2022

Crafting a Brand

Treat your railroad’s name and color scheme as a prototype brand, and you’ll suddenly see your concept come to life right before your eyes.

Train Shows Are Back

March 15, 2022

Train Shows Are Back

The beauty of train shows is that they offer model railroaders a chance to find that gem they’ve been seeking for years or connect with old friends.

A Plea for Small Steam

February 15, 2022

A Plea for Small Steam

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

The Original Hotshots

January 15, 2022

The Original Hotshots

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

The Story of Interchange

November 15, 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?