Product Reviews

Enjoy our in-depth reviews of great new model railroading products in a variety of popular scales, presented by the Model Railroad News staff. Please contact Editor Tony Cook to have your product considered for review.

Single-Stripe Pennsylvania Railroad F7A by Walthers in HO Scale

July 22, 2019

Single-Stripe Pennsylvania Railroad F7A by Walthers in HO Scale

Walthers attempts to strike a balance with its Mainline HO-scale F7 models that provide some separately applied details and a Proto-level drive mechanism with a modest suggested retail price.

A Tale of Two Tunnel Motors: SD40T-2s from Athearn and ScaleTrains.com

June 20, 2019

A Tale of Two Tunnel Motors: SD40T-2s from Athearn and ScaleTrains.com

We compare the latest SD40T-2 “Tunnel Motor” HO scale locomotive models offered by Athearn and ScaleTrains.com

Walthers Proto Standout Chicago & North Western GP7 in HO Scale

April 23, 2019

Walthers Proto Standout Chicago & North Western GP7 in HO Scale

Walthers has created a very good HO Scale replica of the early versions of Chicago & Northn Western’s Electro-Motive Division GP7 diesel locomotive.

Northern Pacific 40-foot Boxcar in HO from Rapido Trains

March 24, 2019

Northern Pacific 40-foot Boxcar in HO from Rapido Trains

Rapido Trains has produced built very accurate, highly detailed, yet robust model of this Northern Pacific double-sheathed boxcar.

25 Tons of Fun! Piko’s GE Switcher in G Scale

February 5, 2019

25 Tons of Fun! Piko’s GE Switcher in G Scale

This new PIKO 25-ton GE diesel is just the sort of “fun locomotive” many in the hobby seek out. With a low price, this release will appeal to the entry level and casual seasonal users.

Atlas Trainman Dash 8-40CW in O Scale

November 19, 2018

Atlas Trainman Dash 8-40CW in O Scale

Relative to the going price of most O-scale diesel locomotives on the market today, the new Atlas Trainman Dash 8-40CW delivers the most bang for the buck we’ve seen in a long time.

LGB’s Grizzly Flats Railroad in G Scale

September 27, 2018

LGB’s Grizzly Flats Railroad in G Scale

While Ward Kimball’s work as a lead animator and feature director for Walt Disney is well known, many are not familiar with the fact that he was also a rabid railfan, toy train collector, and model railroader. In fact, this enthusiasm led to Kimball and his family building a three-foot narrow gauge railroad, which he named Grizzly Flats, in their backyard in San Gabriel, California.

ScaleTrains ET44AC GEVO Tier 4 Diesel Locomotive in N Scale

September 22, 2018

ScaleTrains ET44AC GEVO Tier 4 Diesel Locomotive in N Scale

The new General Electric GEVO Tier 4 diesel locomotive model released by ScaleTrains.com raises the bar for N scale motive power. The separately applied details and attention to road specific changes across the releases really shows the dedication to making these models as close to the prototype as possible.

New Alco RS-11 by American Models in S Scale

August 24, 2018

New Alco RS-11 by American Models in S Scale

American Models has produced a solidly-running and accurately detailed example of the popular Alco RS-11 diesel locomotive in S scale… The model is so alluring, it may even convince you to switch scales.

Coal Dealer Trestle in S Scale from East West Rail Services

July 26, 2018

Coal Dealer Trestle in S Scale from East West Rail Services

An elevated coal trestle is a common “action accessory” on many toy train layouts, but there are prototypes for those “toys” that did an important job of helping to supply coal for many communities and industries.