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.
November 15, 2017
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.
October 23, 2017
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.
August 17, 2017
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.
July 27, 2017
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.
July 11, 2017
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.
May 22, 2017
ScaleTrains announces N-scale carbon black hoppers are coming for its Rivet Counter series of products.
April 18, 2017
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.
April 12, 2017
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.
March 7, 2017
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.
February 19, 2017
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.