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.
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.
February 13, 2017
ScaleTrains plans a summer delivery for its all-new General Electric Tier 4-version GEVO diesel. The new models will be available in HO-scale in Rivet Counter and Operator editions.
January 10, 2017
Spring Mills Depot delivers another Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) signature freight car with its new HO-scale hopper. The model reproduces B&O’s N-34 Wagon Top covered hoppers that joined the road’s fleet in 1940.
January 10, 2017
White River Productions is pleased to announce it has acquired the Narrow Gauge & Short Line Gazette magazine from Benchmark Publications.
December 18, 2016
Rapido Trains plans a fall arrival for its first HO-scale vehicle model release. The prototype saw use across North America beginning in 1959. By the end of production in 1986, approximately 45,000 of these distinctive buses were working in public transit.