APRIL 2024: Travel back to the Civil War era and a visit to the United States Military Railroad in Virginia as we tour Bernard Kempinski’s beautifully detailed O scale Aquia Line. Doug Forbes builds a unique Chicago & Eastern Illinois bulkhead flatcar from a 3D-printed body in HO, while Scott Meyer shares his techniques for building a lightweight, portable switching layout. Adolf Hungry Wolf shares his story of three generations of model railroading. All this and more in the April issue of Railroad Model Craftsman!

This Month

April 2024

Vol. 93/No. 4


United States Military RR: The Aquia Line

by BERNARD KEMPINSKI, MMR — A finely-detailed O scale layout depicting Civil War era railroading.

PC&F 86’ Hi-Cube Boxcar

by JAMES KINKAID — These pioneering boxcars were designed to serve the automotive industry.

Space Saver: Operations Clipoard Holder

by BOB WUNDROCK, MMR — An inexpensive clipboard holder you can build to help save aisle space.

3D-Printed C&EI Tie Car in HO

by DOUG FORBES — A custom Chicago & Eastern Illinois tie car is quickly assembled using a 3D-printed body.

Three Generations of Model Railroading

by ADOLF HUNGRY WOLF — From a chance encounter with John Allen to sharing the hobby with grandkids.

Ultra-Lightweight Portable Layout

by SCOTT MEYER — Techniques for building a lightweight and portable switching layout using foam and bracing.

Bell Crank Tortoise Installation

by WILLIAM CROCCA — An alternative strategy for mounting switch machines under your layout.


Safety Valve – Letters from our readers

Receiving Yard – Product and industry news compile by Harry K. Wong

Test Track – Product Reviews

Railbooks – Book news and reviews

Craftsman Timetable – Scheduled events and notices


Rapido Kitbashing Award

Craftsman Workshop

Collector Consist

Painting & Weathering

Company Photographer

Diverging Points – Opinion by Jason Shron

Editor’s Notebook- Commentary by Otto M. Vondrak

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