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!

Pulpwood and Iron Ore: The C&NW Ashland District

January 18, 2021

Pulpwood and Iron Ore: The C&NW Ashland District

Don Drum’s HO scale Chicago & Northwestern Ashland Division recreates the steam-to-diesel transition era in the Wisconsin northwoods.

Remotor a PFM Brass Shay

January 18, 2021

Remotor a PFM Brass Shay

A new motor will be quieter, smoother, draw less current and possibly be smaller than the original which could leave more space for a flywheel, DCC decoder, extra weight and the like.

N Scale Group Embraces New Name, Mission

January 1, 2021

N Scale Group Embraces New Name, Mission

As of Jan. 1, 2021, NTRAK will now be known as NRail.

Milwaukee Road on the Mississippi

December 18, 2020

Milwaukee Road on the Mississippi

A former Milwaukee Road employee models heavy main line action along the Mississippi River in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Modeling Late-Life Northern Pacific Wood Boxcars

December 18, 2020

Modeling Late-Life Northern Pacific Wood Boxcars

Built in the 1920s, many Northern Pacific wood boxcars survived into the 1970s in company service for successor Burlington Northern.

Wires Over the New Haven

November 18, 2020

Wires Over the New Haven

Growing up along the New Haven’s busy electrified main line in Connecticut was the inspiration for Rick Abramson’s detailed HO layout.

Realistic Asphalt Crossings

November 18, 2020

Realistic Asphalt Crossings

An asphalt crossing of this type would be typical for a private road, a low-traffic highway, or a farm crossing from the 1960s or earlier.

59th and Rust: An Urban Switching Layout in HO

October 21, 2020

59th and Rust: An Urban Switching Layout in HO

Inspired by a Long Island Rail Road freight branch running through Queens, this British exhibition layout packs in plenty of urban switching action in a small area.

Detail and Kitbash a Country Store

October 21, 2020

Detail and Kitbash a Country Store

Two snap-togerther Walthers Cornerstone kits form the base of this kitbashed country general store in HO scale. Enhanced details add depth and realism to this rural scene.

A Day on the Forest Park Southern

September 21, 2020

A Day on the Forest Park Southern

Follow a local freight on the HO scale Forest Park Southern, a freelanced model railroad set in the Appalachians during the steam-to-diesel transition period.