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!

Joe Visintine’s East Bluff Terminal

May 17, 2022

Joe Visintine’s East Bluff Terminal

Joe Visintine’s HO scale East Bluff Terminal model railroad is based on the urban switching districts around St. Louis.

Scratchbuild a City Block on a Slope

May 17, 2022

Scratchbuild a City Block on a Slope

This commerical block in the author’s HO scale Patapsco Falls is inspired by the architecture of Baltimore and the surrounding cities.

When Coal Was King: Louisville & Nashville

April 21, 2022

When Coal Was King: Louisville & Nashville

Inspired by coal-hauling operations in Eastern Kentucky, Jeff Keubler’s HO scale Louisville & Nashville layout is part of the 2022 St. Louis NMRA convention tour.

Solving S Scale’s Identity Problem

April 21, 2022

Solving S Scale’s Identity Problem

With its roots in American Flyer toy trains, S scale is a vibrant modeling medium that allows you to stretch the boundaries of modeling creativity in a scale larger than HO, but smaller than O.

Dremel Kitbashing Award: Delaware & Hudson Chop-Nose Alco RS-3 in S Scale

March 25, 2022

Dremel Kitbashing Award: Delaware & Hudson Chop-Nose Alco RS-3 in S Scale

An S scale American Models RS-3 was modified to represent a chop-nose unit rebuilt by Morrison-Knudsen for Delaware & Hudson in the 1970s as the final entry in the RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award contest.

Arizona Railroading: The Lost Dutchman Lines

March 15, 2022

Arizona Railroading: The Lost Dutchman Lines

This large HO scale layout built for operations combines prototype elements of the Southern Pacific in Arizona with a freelanced short line.

Dremel Kitbashing Award Winners: 1972-2022

March 14, 2022

Dremel Kitbashing Award Winners: 1972-2022

Reader Ed Krottendorfer assembled a spreadsheet of all Dremel Kitbashing Award contest winners from the last 50 years.

Rochester Model Railroad Club Seneca Valley Lines

February 14, 2022

Rochester Model Railroad Club Seneca Valley Lines

The HO scale Seneca Valley Lines is based upon the Lehigh Valley Railroad main line from Jersey City, through eastern Pennsylvania, and into Western New York.

Branch Line on a Shelf: A Different Approach to Room Prep

February 14, 2022

Branch Line on a Shelf: A Different Approach to Room Prep

Model railroads need robust benchwork to not only support the trains but also the scenery, fascia, wiring and control mechanisms, backdrop, valance, and any other features.

Minoa & Euclid Interchange Run

January 18, 2022

Minoa & Euclid Interchange Run

Follow along as an upstate New York short line interchanges with Conrail’s busy Onondaga Cutoff in the 1990s.