RMC Extra Board

Welcome to Craftsman Extra Board! This section is updated periodically with short features contributed by our readers, as well as some recent favorites straight from the pages of Railroad Model Craftsman. Check back as we continue to add new articles!

Diesel Variety at Staten Island’s Arlington Yard

December 8, 2021

Diesel Variety at Staten Island’s Arlington Yard

This detailed micro-layout depicts Baltimore & Ohio’s busy diesel terminal and engine house on Staten Island in HO scale.

Christmas Trees Shipped by Rail

December 8, 2021

Christmas Trees Shipped by Rail

Shipping Christmas trees by rail was once a very lucrative seasonal business, and can be easily modeled in almost any location or era.

The N Scale Southern Alberta Rail

October 21, 2021

The N Scale Southern Alberta Rail

This modern freelanced N scale layout features the dramatic crossing of Crowsnest Pass in Alberta and British Columbia.

Model a Modern Buffer Car

October 21, 2021

Model a Modern Buffer Car

Just like the real railroads, you can take retired covered hoppers and convert them into modern buffer cars for your unit tank trains.

The N Scale Oregon Joint Line

September 21, 2021

The N Scale Oregon Joint Line

Great Northern and Northern Pacific team up to haul heavy traffic over a proto-freelanced joint line operation through Eastern Oregon in 1969.

Make Your Own Flashing EOT

September 21, 2021

Make Your Own Flashing EOT

Why not add flashing removable end-of-train (EOT) devices to several of your modern freight cars? It’s not as difficult as you may think.

CP Rail in Vermont (in a Basement)

August 18, 2021

CP Rail in Vermont (in a Basement)

From a young railfan’s perspective, Alco/MLW and EMD diesels in several paint schemes running against beautiful lush green backdrops were enough to hook the author into a lifelong passion for railroads of the Green Mountain State.

Barge Operations on Your Layout

August 18, 2021

Barge Operations on Your Layout

Just about any place where railroads met the water’s edge was an opportunity to move freight cars by barge. Why not add carefloat operations to your model railroad?

Rush Hour at St. Martins: PRR and SEPTA Commuter Action

July 26, 2021

Rush Hour at St. Martins: PRR and SEPTA Commuter Action

An Australian modeler recreates exciting Pennsylvania Railroad (and SEPTA) electric commuter train action on a shelf layout built in a spare bedroom.

Detail and Upgrade a Conrail NW2 in HO

July 26, 2021

Detail and Upgrade a Conrail NW2 in HO

Scott Lupia takes a stock Walthers EMD NW2 and details it to match a member of Conrail’s classic fleet of switchers from the early 1990s.