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.

Prototype Profile: EMD’s FP40PH

February 25, 2019

Prototype Profile: EMD’s FP40PH

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.

Now Arriving: Value Trains

January 18, 2019

Now Arriving: Value Trains

There’s a new hobby manufacturer making a fully assembled boxcar for the HO market. Value Trains is based in rural Missouri and its first effort is an HO-scale boxcar release.

New and Expanded Roles for MRN and RMC Editorial Staff

October 30, 2018

New and Expanded Roles for MRN and RMC Editorial Staff

Announcing new and expanded roles for the editorial staff of Railroad Model Craftsman and Model Railroad News!

New Dash 8 Diesels from Bachmann Trains in N Scale

August 6, 2018

New Dash 8 Diesels from Bachmann Trains in N Scale

A recent release from Bachmann Trains brings the company’s wide-nose General Electric (GE) Dash 8-40CW model back to the N-scale market.

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.