AUGUST 2016: New KATO Amtrak passenger equipment in N scale, new ready-built structures in HO scale from Menard’s, Light Genie and Loco Genie from MRC, Yellowstone 2-8-8-4 from MTH in HO, Missabe equipment from Walthers, and more!

Menards Ready-Built Structures in HO

Menards Ready-Built Structures in HO

For the seasoned modeler, these assembled structures provide a project well on its way to fitting into a location on one’s layout. There is little you would need to do for these releases to make them fit into a well-detailed model railroad. For the beginner, these eye-catching buildings have it all. Pick out your location, put them in place, and you have two great instant additions to your pike.


Piko SmartControl

Piko SmartControl

I had Piko’s SmartControl up and running in five minutes! This is an intriguing DCC system. I’ve only explained the very basics in this review. Because Piko’s system uses an Android app, updates and innovations are possible without outdating your SmartControl unit.


Budget-Priced Dash 8-40CM from Rapido

Budget-Priced Dash 8-40CM from Rapido

Rapido Trains introduces a new series of high-quality value-priced model releases under its newly inaugurated Prime Movers by Rapido name. This announcement marks Rapido’s first effort in the HO modern diesel category.


Walthers GP35 in HO scale due this summer

Walthers GP35 in HO scale due this summer

Six road names will come in the first release: Burlington Northern, Chesapeake & Ohio, Erie Lackawanna, The Milwaukee Road, Santa Fe, and Southern Pacific. This all-new model will include road-specific details on its shell and will come equipped with a five-pole, skew-wound, high-torque, and high-efficiency can motor with flywheel.


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