DECEMBER 2021:  Marc Pitanza proves there’s always room for a layout as we tour his HO scale model of Baltimore & Ohio’s busy engine terminal on Staten Island. Just in time for the holidays, Craig Wilson shows us how to model the seasonal trackside industry of shipping Christmas trees by rail. Don Janes kitbashes a Rapido MLW RS-18 and turns it into a Canadian Pacific RS-10, Chris Lane shares scale drawings of Rio Grande narrow gauge cabooses, and Tom Piccirillo brings us a colorful introduction to the various types of trolley and traction passenger, freight, and work cars. Enjoy modeling tips and techniques, product news and reviews, and more in the December issue of Railroad Model Craftsman!

This Month

December 2021

Vol. 90/No. 12


Diesel Variety at Arlington Yard

by Marc Pitanza — This detailed micro-layout depicts B&O’s busy diesel terminal on Staten Island in HO.

Christmas Trees Shipped by Rail

by Craig Wilson — Before it was dressed with tinsel in your living room, Christmas trees were moved by rail.

Rio Grande Narrow Gauge Cabooses

by Chris Lane — Scale drawings of three types of Rio Grande narrow gauge cabooses in O scale.

Convert a Rapido RS-18 into an RS-10

by Don James — This kitbash brings out the subtle details of Canadian Pacific’s MLW RS-10 diesels.

Scratchbuild a Phoenix Log Hauler

by Dave Hole — These steam tractors could once be found in logging operations across the country.

Realistic and Reversible Tie Loads

by Chip Syme — Simulate the delivery of inbound green timbers turned into outbound creosoted railroad ties.

Introduction to Trolleys and Traction

by Tom Piccirillo — A look at fascinating world of traction, including passenger, freight, and work cars.


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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