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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.

WRP purchases Narrow Gauge & Short Line Gazette

January 10, 2017

WRP purchases Narrow Gauge & Short Line Gazette

White River Productions is pleased to announce it has acquired the Narrow Gauge & Short Line Gazette magazine from Benchmark Publications.

Rapido New Look Transit Bus in HO

December 18, 2016

Rapido New Look Transit Bus in HO

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.

From the Archive: Denver & Salt Lake’s 2-6-6-0 from PFM

October 31, 2016

From the Archive: Denver & Salt Lake’s 2-6-6-0 from PFM

While Denver & Salt Lake is certainly not in league with Union Pacific or Pennsylvania Railroad, the number of times PFM imported this 2-6-6-0 is a testament to its popularity.

Trainworx 40ft Trailers in HO

October 31, 2016

Trainworx 40ft Trailers in HO

Trainworx plans an all-new tooling 40-foot trailer for its HO line. his new 40-foot trailer will arrive with curb door and refrigeration unit details, as well as a version that is a dry van lacking the side door.

Southern Pacific 4-6-2 from Sunset Models in HO

October 12, 2016

Southern Pacific 4-6-2 from Sunset Models in HO

Sunset’s Legends series launches with Southern Pacific’s P-8 and P-10 class 4-6-2 Pacific-type steam locomotives. Three versions are included in the announcement: P-8 No. 2467, P-10 No. 2487, and Daylight scheme P-10 No. 2485.

New Hybrid “Yellowbelly” Hudson from Broadway Limited in HO

August 4, 2016

New Hybrid “Yellowbelly” Hudson from Broadway Limited in HO

In 1946, the C&O took five of its Class F-19 Pacific 4-6-2 locomotives and converted them into Class L-1 Hudsons. These limited edition HO scale hybrid models will be available from Broadway Limited, expected November 2016.

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.