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!

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.

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.