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.

Budget-Priced Dash 8-40CM from Rapido

May 1, 2016

Budget-Priced Dash 8-40CM from Rapido

Rapido Trains introduces a new series of high-quality value-priced model releases under its newly inaugurated Prime Movers by Rapido name. This announcement marks Rapido’s first effort in the HO modern diesel category.

Walthers Proto GP35 in HO scale due early 2017

April 4, 2016

Walthers Proto GP35 in HO scale due early 2017

Six road names will come in the first release: Burlington Northern, Chesapeake & Ohio, Erie Lackawanna, The Milwaukee Road, Santa Fe, and Southern Pacific. This all-new model will include road-specific details on its shell and will come equipped with a five-pole, skew-wound, high-torque, and high-efficiency can motor with flywheel.

Menards adds freight cars to O-gauge line

April 4, 2016

Menards adds freight cars to O-gauge line

Menards recently introduced a tank car and hopper car to its collection of O-gauge trains. The tank car is a threedome example consisting of a sturdy molded plastic tank screw-mounted to its plastic frame. The new Menards hopper car is a fourbay open example with coal load.

The First GP38-2 in HO

January 15, 2016

The First GP38-2 in HO

Today, a wide-range of “Dash 2” EMD diesels are available to the hobbyist, but in 1976 — just four years following the introduction of these prototypes — only Life-Like’s GP38-2 made up the plastic HO “Dash 2” diesel market.

Bachmann HO Cabooses

November 12, 2015

Bachmann HO Cabooses

Since its 1970 introduction, Bachmann has offered a number of HO caboose models. Ranging in prototypes including wood and steel bodies, and many road names both real and imagined, Tony Cook reviews the many variations of cabooses offered by Bachmann over the years.