RMC Perspective

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

Modeling The “Bad Old Days”

April 17, 2023

Modeling The “Bad Old Days”

The 1960s were a tough time in American railroading, but a colorful and interesting time to consider as modeling inspiration.

The Gold Spike on Your Model Railroad

March 17, 2023

The Gold Spike on Your Model Railroad

Host a golden spike celebration when you complete track laying on your home layout, and invite your friends and family to attend.

90 Years of Perspective

February 16, 2023

90 Years of Perspective

Past editors reflect on the evolution of 90 years of hobby history through the pages of Railroad Model Craftsman.

Is Modern Boring?

February 6, 2023

Is Modern Boring?

Are the trains of today less interesting than those of the past? Andrew Castle makes a case for modeling today’s modern variety.

Counterpoint to Counting Rivets

January 15, 2023

Counterpoint to Counting Rivets

Instead of “rivet counting,” my objective is to make each model recognizable to someone who was familiar with the real thing.

Support Your Local Hobbyist

December 15, 2022

Support Your Local Hobbyist

We are told to support our local hobby shops… I want local hobby shops too, but they need to want my business more.

Goal Posts and Distractions

November 15, 2022

Goal Posts and Distractions

Sometimes, to keep your sanity and continue enjoying the hobby at your own pace, you’ve gotta move the goal posts.

Is Operation the Goal?

October 15, 2022

Is Operation the Goal?

Is operating your model railroad the main goal for you? Or is it just one of many different goals a person can pursue in the hobby?

Budd Cars and Doodlebugs

September 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! 

Honoring Friendships

August 15, 2022

Honoring Friendships

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