RMC Perspective

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

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?

Train Odors?

October 15, 2021

Train Odors?

We have lights, sound and even smoke on our layouts. But what about smell?

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.