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!

Branch Line on a Shelf: A Different Approach to Room Prep

February 14, 2022

Branch Line on a Shelf: A Different Approach to Room Prep

Model railroads need robust benchwork to not only support the trains but also the scenery, fascia, wiring and control mechanisms, backdrop, valance, and any other features.

Minoa & Euclid Interchange Run

January 18, 2022

Minoa & Euclid Interchange Run

Follow along as an upstate New York short line interchanges with Conrail’s busy Onondaga Cutoff in the 1990s.

Kitbashed Tower for East Syracuse

January 18, 2022

Kitbashed Tower for East Syracuse

An old Tyco kit is modified to look like a typical New York Central interlocking tower by modifying the wall sections and adding key details.

June 1974: Milk Trains, Milk Cars, and Creameries

December 27, 2021

June 1974: Milk Trains, Milk Cars, and Creameries

June 1974: A brief look at the former railroad milk industry and related equipment with tips on how to model milk cars and a creamery.

Introducing: Iowa Interstate’s Milan Branch

December 20, 2021

Introducing: Iowa Interstate’s Milan Branch

Introducing the Iowa Interstate Milan Branch, an overview of its operation, and how to adapt it to an HO scale model railroad design.

From Flat to Full-Size: Kitbash a Hood Creamery in HO Scale

December 20, 2021

From Flat to Full-Size: Kitbash a Hood Creamery in HO Scale

Kitbash a shallow background building into an expanded structure to fit a space representing a typical New England creamery in HO scale.

Diesel Variety at Staten Island’s Arlington Yard

December 8, 2021

Diesel Variety at Staten Island’s Arlington Yard

This detailed micro-layout depicts Baltimore & Ohio’s busy diesel terminal and engine house on Staten Island in HO scale.

Christmas Trees Shipped by Rail

December 8, 2021

Christmas Trees Shipped by Rail

Shipping Christmas trees by rail was once a very lucrative seasonal business, and can be easily modeled in almost any location or era.

The N Scale Southern Alberta Rail

October 21, 2021

The N Scale Southern Alberta Rail

This modern freelanced N scale layout features the dramatic crossing of Crowsnest Pass in Alberta and British Columbia.

Model a Modern Buffer Car

October 21, 2021

Model a Modern Buffer Car

Just like the real railroads, you can take retired covered hoppers and convert them into modern buffer cars for your unit tank trains.