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.

Special Norfolk Southern containers from Jacksonville Terminal Company

August 25, 2020

Special Norfolk Southern containers from Jacksonville Terminal Company

Jacksonville Terminal Company plans three N-scale container releases reproducing Norfolk Southern OAR train prototypes.

True Line Trains toolings join Atlas Model Railroad Co. line

August 25, 2020

True Line Trains toolings join Atlas Model Railroad Co. line

Atlas expands its line with toolings from True Line Trains

Atlas U33B/U36B will return with improved cab in HO

August 20, 2020

Atlas U33B/U36B will return with improved cab in HO

Atlas Model Railroad Co. will bring improved cab to planned 2nd Quarter 2021 release of HO General Electric U33B/U36B models.

Postcard Campaign Pays Off: MLW M-420 Coming from Rapido Trains

June 16, 2020

Postcard Campaign Pays Off: MLW M-420 Coming from Rapido Trains

Rapido Trains announces plans for an HO-scale Montreal Locomotive Works (MLW) M-420 diesel locomotive release. This trend-setting prototype debuted in 1973 and helped introduce the Canadian Safety Cab.

Athearn plans new run for Genesis FP7s in HO Scale

April 13, 2020

Athearn plans new run for Genesis FP7s in HO Scale

Athearn is working on a new group of its Genesis-series FP7 diesel locomotive models. The high-quality HO-scale reproduction will come with LED lighting and rubber MU hoses and is due in hobby shops in early 2021.

Atlas shows N-scale GP40-2L at Amherst Show

March 18, 2020

Atlas shows N-scale GP40-2L at Amherst Show

Atlas shared its early pre-production GP40-2L N scale diesel locomotive models at the Amherst Railroad Hobby Show in West Springfield, Mass., at the end of January. This prototype came from General Motors Diesel in the mid-1970s and saw use originally by Canadian National.

Prototype Profile: Canadian National GMD GP40-2L

March 18, 2020

Prototype Profile: Canadian National GMD GP40-2L

In addition to racking up miles in Canada, Canadian National’s GMD GP40-2L fleet also ran on U.S. subsidiary Grand Trunk Western and were also leased out to Conrail.

Early Santa Fe Automobile Boxcar Kits from Westerfield Models

February 19, 2020

Early Santa Fe Automobile Boxcar Kits from Westerfield Models

Westerfield Models offers early Santa Fe wood-sheathed automobile boxcar kits in two versions in HO scale.

White River Productions acquires Railpace Newsmagazine

January 28, 2020

White River Productions acquires Railpace Newsmagazine

White River Productions has added Railpace Newsmagazine to the company’s family of publications. The agreement between Railpace, Inc., and WRP was completed Monday, January 20, 2020.

Looking Back at BLI’s New York Central Niagara

January 20, 2020

Looking Back at BLI’s New York Central Niagara

This model is a fitting tribute modern New York Central steam power. Broadway Limited brings not only the looks, but the sound and action in this HO scale model.