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!

The Modern Detroit, Toledo & Ironton in HO Scale

May 16, 2024

The Modern Detroit, Toledo & Ironton in HO Scale

Reimagining this classic favorite fallen flag as a modern regional railroad in HO scale.

Upgrade and Weather an Algoma Central SD40-2

May 15, 2024

Upgrade and Weather an Algoma Central SD40-2

These former Algoma Central units were patched and put to work by new owner Wisconsin Central in 1995.

Michael Hauk’s Susquehanna & New York in HO

April 17, 2024

Michael Hauk’s Susquehanna & New York in HO

This scenic HO scale layout inspired by a Pennsylvania short line is built for authentic 1930s prototype operations.

Canadian Pacific Alco RS-2 in HO

April 17, 2024

Canadian Pacific Alco RS-2 in HO

Detailing an older Proto 1000 model to represent one of five Canadian Pacific units assigned to New England service.

United States Military Railroad: The Aquia Line

March 15, 2024

United States Military Railroad: The Aquia Line

The O scale United States Military Railroad (USMRR) Aquia Line, set in Virginia in March 1863 during the American Civil War, is an uncommon subject for a model railroad.

Ultra-Lightweight Portable Layout

March 15, 2024

Ultra-Lightweight Portable Layout

You have room to build a layout! Here are some techniques for building a lightweight and portable small switching layout using foam and bracing.

Montana & Colorado Southern

February 26, 2024

Montana & Colorado Southern

A fond look back at Steve Rodie’s freelanced HO scale showcase of Western railroading that was rebuilt for operations.

Scratchbuilding Palmer Union Station

February 21, 2024

Scratchbuilding Palmer Union Station

Recreating the signature Boston & Albany cut-stone passenger station in Palmer, Mass., with a laser cutter in HO scale.

The HO Scale Galeton & Chestnut Lake

January 17, 2024

The HO Scale Galeton & Chestnut Lake

The freelanced HO scale Galeton & Chestnut Lake recalls coal and lumber hauling in central Pennsylvania.

Dummy Third Rail for Modern Transit Scenes

January 17, 2024

Dummy Third Rail for Modern Transit Scenes

Easy techniques to model an important detail for modern urban scenes, used by many commuter railroad and rapid transit lines alike.