JUNE 2022:  We visit Joe Visintine’s HO scale East Bluff Terminal, a freelanced railroad based on the switching districts around St. Louis, and one of the home layouts you can tour during the NMRA National Convention. Marc Simpson shows us how he kitbashed a trio of Canadian National lightweight Geeps, while Matt Hankins demonstrates how he scratchbuilt a unique commerical block for his mid-century model railroad. Jim Coady combines an old commercial kit with modern 3D printed parts to create a unique model of a side-dump rock car. Enjoy modeling tips and techniques, product news and reviews, and more in the June issue of Railroad Model Craftsman!

This Month

June 2022

Vol. 91/No. 6


East Bluff Terminal

by Joe Visintine — This HO scale terminal railroad is inspired by switching districts around St. Louis, and will be open during the NMRA National Convention.

Delaware & Hudson PS-2CD Hopper

by James Kinkaid — Part of a fl eet of 100 PS-2 covered hoppers built by Pullman-Standard for D&H in 1967; many lasted into the late Guilford era.

Scratchbuild a City Block on a Slope

by Matt Hankins — This scene was inspired by the architecture of Baltimore and the surrounding regions, and was built using various construction techniques.

Three CN Lightweight Geeps

by Marc Simpson — Athearn and Proto2000 units form the base for three HO models of Canadian National Geeps built for use on older branch lines.

Mojave Northern Rock Car Build-up

by Jim Coady — When a friend needed a small fleet of unique side-dump rock cars, the solution was to combine an old kit with modern 3D-printed parts.


Safety Valve – Letters from our readers

Receiving Yard – Product and industry news

Test Track – Product Reviews

Railbooks – Book news and reviews

Craftsman Timetable – Scheduled events and notices


Dremel Kitbashing Award

Craftsman Workshop

Diverging Points/Jason Shron

Editor’s Notebook – Commentary by Otto M. Vondrak

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