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!

Clinchfield Railroad: Carolina Division in HO Scale

October 18, 2023

Clinchfield Railroad: Carolina Division in HO Scale

Set in the summer of 1977, this double-deck HO scale layout depicts the Clinchfield Railroad in the Carolinas.

Build Sacco’s Esso Service Station

October 18, 2023

Build Sacco’s Esso Service Station

Turn a simple City Classics HO scale mid-century gas station kit into a special scene for your model railroad.

Rio Grande Moffat Line in HO Scale

September 15, 2023

Rio Grande Moffat Line in HO Scale

We visit Rob Biddison’s beautiful HO scale Rio Grande layout with a focus on passenger operations through Denver.

‘Foreign Power” on Your Railroad

September 15, 2023

‘Foreign Power” on Your Railroad

There are numerous reasons why locomotives may appear on a railroad other than their home road, and you can model them on your layout.

Pennsylvania Railroad South Bend Branch in HO

August 16, 2023

Pennsylvania Railroad South Bend Branch in HO

An HO scale proto-freelanced Pennsylvania Railroad branch line shelf layout designed for realistic photography.

Pixels Before Plywood: Using Train Simulators in Layout Design

August 16, 2023

Pixels Before Plywood: Using Train Simulators in Layout Design

Using a train simulator program can help you build and test successful layout designs before you spend money on materials and start construction.

Texas Northern Model Railroad Club

July 15, 2023

Texas Northern Model Railroad Club

Long main line runs are balanced with local switching on the Texas Northern Model Railroad Club HO scale layout.

Backdating Los Angeles Junction

July 15, 2023

Backdating Los Angeles Junction

Inspired by the prototype urban switching district, this compact HO scale shelf layout was backdated to the 1960s.

Michigan Interstate Railroad

June 16, 2023

Michigan Interstate Railroad

Greg McComas’ freelanced HO scale Michigan Interstate delivers immersive modern regional operations in a limited space, and will be on the NMRA Convention tour this summer.

Kitbash a Rio Grande Steam Generator

June 16, 2023

Kitbash a Rio Grande Steam Generator

A Proto2000 Alco PA B-unit is the base for a kitbashed Rio Grande steam generator car in HO scale.