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!

Cumberland West: B&O and Western Maryland in HO

June 17, 2021

Cumberland West: B&O and Western Maryland in HO

This expansive HO scale layout combines Baltimore & Ohio and Western Maryland Railway operations around Cumberland, Md., in 1953.

North Conway, New Hampshire: A Model Terminal

June 17, 2021

North Conway, New Hampshire: A Model Terminal

This small terminal on Boston & Maine’s Conway Branch in New Hamphire has many features attractive to model railroaders.

Southern Pacific Shasta Route in HO

May 19, 2021

Southern Pacific Shasta Route in HO

Southern Pacific’s Shasta Route from Redding to Klamath Falls, Calif., on a detailed HO scale layout designed by John Armstrong.

Illinois Tech Club Expands

May 19, 2021

Illinois Tech Club Expands

Illinois Tech’s HO scale Kingsbury Branch is a 28-square-foot module showcasing urban industrial switching scenes set in the city of Chicago.

Mid-Century on the Boston & Albany

April 15, 2021

Mid-Century on the Boston & Albany

Chuck Oraftik models New York Central’s Boston & Albany Division crossing the mighty Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts in HO scale.

Build an Amtrak Pacific Parlour Car in HO

April 15, 2021

Build an Amtrak Pacific Parlour Car in HO

These former Santa Fe Budd Hi-Level lounge cars were rebuilt as Pacific Parlour cars in the 1990s and assigned to Amtrak’s Coast Starlight until 2018.

August 1939 on the Yosemite Valley Railroad

March 15, 2021

August 1939 on the Yosemite Valley Railroad

A classic California short line comes to life, thanks to more than 40 years of prototype research and modeling.

Build New Stations from Classic Kits

March 15, 2021

Build New Stations from Classic Kits

Classic HO scale kits from AHM and Atlas provide the base for detailed train station scenes that can fit a variety of eras and locales.

Katy’s St. Louis Sub in N Scale

February 23, 2021

Katy’s St. Louis Sub in N Scale

Bret Overholtzer’s busy N scale model railroad recalls Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railway’s bygone route across Missouri in the early 1980s.

Building FW Tower in S Scale

February 23, 2021

Building FW Tower in S Scale

FW Tower controlled a triangle of trackwork where routes of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Erie Railroad, and Buffalo Creek Railroad all crossed each other in Buffalo, N.Y. The author’s S scale model was a perfect fit for his Northeastern-themed Buffalo & Chautauqua Railroad.