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.

Atlas Launches Trainkids Collection

November 15, 2019

Atlas Launches Trainkids Collection

Atlas expands its hobby product catalog with a new “Trainkids” line recommended for ages four and up, starting with an Amtrak Acela passenger train set.

Con-Cor Christmas Cars in HO and N

November 15, 2019

Con-Cor Christmas Cars in HO and N

Con-Cor’s annual collector Christmas Car models are available now. This limited supply release comes in HO and N scale.

Mine Mount Models introduces its fourth kit: Randy’s Auto Repair

October 18, 2019

Mine Mount Models introduces its fourth kit: Randy’s Auto Repair

Mine Mount Models fourth release is now available for HO scale. Randy’s Auto Repair presents a small, but full-service facility. This kit’s business is typical of many shadetree mechanics that develop their skills and reputation and wind up with a full-time operation.

Broadway Limited delivers SD70ACe for N scale

August 21, 2019

Broadway Limited delivers SD70ACe for N scale

Broadway Limited Imports delivered its first production of N-scale SD70ACe diesel locomotives with more than a dozen paint schemes covering a variety of contemporary Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific roster members.

ScaleTrains.com announces Thrall/Trinity coil car in HO scale

August 21, 2019

ScaleTrains.com announces Thrall/Trinity coil car in HO scale

ScaleTrains.com will expand its Rivet Counter line in HO scale with the arrival of an all-new coil car model. Based on a Thrall/Trinity prototype, this popular steel hauler first entered service on North American railroads in the mid-1990s.

First Look: Pullman-Standard dining car from Rapido Trains in HO Scale

July 22, 2019

First Look: Pullman-Standard dining car from Rapido Trains in HO Scale

Based on a Pullman-Standard prototype, Rapido Trains will offer a new addition to its Super Continental passenger car line in HO scale. This lightweight dining car model will arrive a variety of road names, and include an incredible amount of interior and underbody detail.

Bachmann announces Siemens Charger Locomotive and S70 Light Rail Vehicle in HO

June 20, 2019

Bachmann announces Siemens Charger Locomotive and S70 Light Rail Vehicle in HO

The three new Siemens models Bachmann plans will provide miniature versions of the Charger SC-44 passenger diesel locomotive, S70 light rail vehicle, and single-level main line passenger car.

Athearn Imagines a World Without Burlington Northern

April 23, 2019

Athearn Imagines a World Without Burlington Northern

What if Burlington Northern merger never happened? These newly decorated HO scale Dash 9-44CW and SD50 locomotives from Athearn answer that question.

Chicago, Burlington & Quincy’s Class O-5 Northern from Sunset Models in HO

March 24, 2019

Chicago, Burlington & Quincy’s Class O-5 Northern from Sunset Models in HO

This HO scale brass replica of a Burlington Class O-5 4-8-4 steam locomotive comes fully equipped with DCC and sound.

Prototype Profile: EMD’s F40PH

February 25, 2019

Prototype Profile: EMD’s F40PH

The first 30 F40PHs delivered to Amtrak in the spring of 1976, at a cost of $16.3 million, and their initial success set the stage for the EMD model to become the standard passenger locomotive for the next two decades.