RMC Perspective

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

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.

Old King Coal

December 18, 2020

Old King Coal

Railroads used coal to fuel locomotives, many homes were still heated with it, and many power plants and heavy industries depended on it.

The Last Logging Railroad

November 15, 2020

The Last Logging Railroad

Logging roads have long been a favorite subject for railroad photographers and modelers alike.

Train Your Brain

November 10, 2020

Train Your Brain

Perhaps one of the secrets to keeping our minds young involves operating sessions where we perform railroad jobs on our model empires?

A Sense of Time and Place

October 15, 2020

A Sense of Time and Place

Building an HO scale diorama of a key scene along the New York, Susquehanna & Western was fueled by childhood memories of railroading in New Jersey.

New Life for an Old Layout

September 15, 2020

New Life for an Old Layout

Bob Whetham turned an old 3-rail train set into an HO scale layout after his daughter lost interest in model railroading.