Extra Board

Welcome to Model Railroad News’ Extra Board! Here you’ll find some of our favorite special news features and historical anecdotes about the model railroad industry.

From the Archives: A Brief History of Lionel HO

November 15, 2017

From the Archives: A Brief History of Lionel HO

Much has been written about Lionel and its place in history. The upcoming holiday season, along with Model Railroad News’ examination of the latest group of Lionel releases for the HO market, presents an excellent opportunity to take a look back. There is far too much history to cover in “From the Archive,” but here’s a brief journey through Lionel’s history with HO model trains.

First HO Kit from C&EI Historical Society

October 23, 2017

First HO Kit from C&EI Historical Society

This custom-made Accurail kit presents a 40-foot insulated boxcar based on Chicago & Eastern Illinois Fruit Growers Express fleet, available directly from the C&EI Historical Society.

Rapido Trains announces SW1200RS in HO scale

August 17, 2017

Rapido Trains announces SW1200RS in HO scale

An all-new diesel switcher model is on its way to Rapido Trains’ line of high quality HO-scale trains. The coming release will be a True North-series offering available in Canadian National (CN) and Canadian Pacific (CP) road names. The prototype four-axle switcher was built by General Motors Diesel (GMD) and went into service in Canada in 1955.

From the Archives: The Debut of Atlas O Scale

July 27, 2017

From the Archives: The Debut of Atlas O Scale

Atlas’ first entry into the two-rail O scale market was short-lived, but made an impact on the hobby and opened the door towards an expanded product line from the popular model railroad manufacturer.

From the Archives: Chessie System Steam Models

July 11, 2017

From the Archives: Chessie System Steam Models

The Chessie Steam Special was a whirlwind schedule of steam excursions launched in 1977 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. Hobby companies quickly saw merit in applying Chessie System colors to existing steam locomotive models well before the real example arrived in early 1977.

ScaleTrains Carbon Black Hopper

May 22, 2017

ScaleTrains Carbon Black Hopper

ScaleTrains announces N-scale carbon black hoppers are coming for its Rivet Counter series of products.

Exclusive Run Program from Broadway Limited

April 18, 2017

Exclusive Run Program from Broadway Limited

Broadway Limited Imports announces its 2017 Exclusive Run Program which allows both distributors and dealers of BLI products to build new products with the Broadway Limited Imports brand that are available exclusively through them.

Genesis Amtrak SDP40F and Santa Fe SDF40-2 coming in July

April 12, 2017

Genesis Amtrak SDP40F and Santa Fe SDF40-2 coming in July

Athearn’s announced details for its HO scale Amtrak SDP40Fs will include steam line access door snow plow pilot, low-profile dustbin, exhaust silencer, dual steam generator, as-delivered fuel/water tank arrangement, Leslie S4T air horn, roof-mounted Sinclair antenna, and cab vent.

Pizza Hut kit from Summit USA in HO

March 7, 2017

Pizza Hut kit from Summit USA in HO

Summit USA’s Custom Cuts collection of HO kits now includes a modern Pizza Hut restaurant. This craftsman kit includes building parts, including window frames, milled in white and black styrene, as well as laser-cut white acrylic.

Fast Tracks Hobbyworks to purchase Mt. Albert Scale Lumber

February 19, 2017

Fast Tracks Hobbyworks to purchase Mt. Albert Scale Lumber

On February 17, 2017, Fast Tracks announced that it will be buying well known supplier of precision wood products, Mt. Albert Scale Lumber. Mt. Albert Scale Lumber has been the premier supplier of precision wood products for model makers for 25 years. Subsidiary Mt Albert Scale Models has recently announced its eleventh craftsman kit.