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 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.

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.