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.

Announcing Arrowhead Models

June 19, 2018

Announcing Arrowhead Models

Arrowhead Models will make its debut this summer with the shipment of its first yet-to-be-announced HO-scale freight car offering.

Coming Soon: International Car Co. Bay Window Caboose from Bluford Shops in N Scale

May 18, 2018

Coming Soon: International Car Co. Bay Window Caboose from Bluford Shops in N Scale

Bluford Shops announces plans for a series of N scale models reproducing International Car Company’s bay window caboose prototypes. This steel body caboose first arrived on North American railroads in the early 1950s.

From the Archive: Interesting Roco N Scale Freight Cars

April 17, 2018

From the Archive: Interesting Roco N Scale Freight Cars

Roco was a prolific producer of model trains for the North American market beginning the 1960s. The original boom years for N scale of the late 1960s saw Roco at work with a number of freight cars imported into Canada and the U.S.

O Scale Trains Magazine joins the WRP Family

March 5, 2018

O Scale Trains Magazine joins the WRP Family

White River Productions is pleased to announce it has acquired O Scale Trains Magazine from publisher Jaini Giannovario, effective immediately. Brian Scace will remain the editor of OST, along with his crew of regular columnists.

Prototype Profile and Model Survey: EMD FP7 Diesels

February 16, 2018

Prototype Profile and Model Survey: EMD FP7 Diesels

During the years General Motors’ Electro-Motive Division (EMD) produced F-units (1939–1960), the diesel builder and its Canadian counterpart General Motors Diesel (GMD), sold approximately 4,700 examples of the iconic streamlined locomotives.

HO Scale Lumber Loads by Wheels of Time

January 8, 2018

HO Scale Lumber Loads by Wheels of Time

Ideal for use with the company’s HO-scale flatcars, Wheels of Time’s lumber loads come in two versions. One release provides materials for one 62-foot flatcar model with lumber stacked five sections tall.

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.