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!

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.

Modeling an MOW Crew for Op Sessions

September 21, 2020

Modeling an MOW Crew for Op Sessions

Maintenance of Way crews are a constant presence on the railroads. Here’s one method to add a portable MOW crew to your model railroad operating sessions.

Set Up Your Layout for Realistic Operations

August 17, 2020

Set Up Your Layout for Realistic Operations

Operating a model railroad is fun, but setting up for operations the very first time can be a daunting task. Tyler Whitcomb shares to simple techniques to get your layout ready for realistic operations.

Dave Abeles’ Conrail Onondaga Cutoff

August 17, 2020

Dave Abeles’ Conrail Onondaga Cutoff

Dave Abeles’ Onondaga Cutoff is an HO scale proto-freelanced tribute to Conrail operations on the old New York Central main line across upstate New York in the mid-1990s.

Detailing an Erie Lackawanna GP7 in HO Scale

July 20, 2020

Detailing an Erie Lackawanna GP7 in HO Scale

Starting with an HO scale Atlas Classic GP7, Scott Lupia upgrades the body and adds details to create a model of Erie Lackawanna 1226.