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.

Woodland Scenics Just Plug Lighting System

November 15, 2017

Woodland Scenics Just Plug Lighting System

Woodland Scenics now offers a variety street lights, wall lights, interior lighting, light hubs, power packs, and at least 16 different vehicles with lights already installed.

Lionel Polar Express in HO Scale

October 18, 2017

Lionel Polar Express in HO Scale

Lionel’s HO Polar Express Berkshire 2-8-4 steam locomotive model arrives assembled and comes with a LionChief remote control. The model will operate under standard DC, DCC, as well as with its provided remote. A six-pin cable and drawbar connect the locomotive and tender for operation.

Trix Returns with 4-6-6-4 Challenger in HO Scale

September 18, 2017

Trix Returns with 4-6-6-4 Challenger in HO Scale

The new Trix HO scale 4-6-6-4 represents Union Pacific’s final group of Challengers built between 1942 and 1944. Smooth performance, an abundance of sound and lighting effects, and optional smoke generators are the hallmarks of this museum-quality model.

A Classic with TCS WOW Sound

September 5, 2017

A Classic with TCS WOW Sound

Train Control Systems product line includes a series of kits for different model locomotives from various manufacturers. TCS designs each motherboard specifically to be a direct replacement for the original board.

Atlas O EMD F7 Makes its Debut

August 10, 2017

Atlas O EMD F7 Makes its Debut

Atlas has been meticulously re-engineering the O-scale streamlined F7 diesel to produce all the variants of the prototype along with some road-specific details in it’s newest release.

Athearn Illinois Central “Death Star” GP38-2 in HO Scale

July 27, 2017

Athearn Illinois Central “Death Star” GP38-2 in HO Scale

This “new image” Illinois Central GP38–2 from Athearn would fit in nicely on any HO-scale railroad set in the mid-1990s hauling a local down the main line or leading hopper cars on one of Illinois Central’s numerous southern Illinois coal lines.

RailDig Grassinator Static Grass Applicator

June 8, 2017

RailDig Grassinator Static Grass Applicator

First offered in 2008, the new Grassinator from Raildig includes many improvements over the original model. This static grass applicator is designed to help the modeler apply the fibers with an electric charge that makes each individual fiber stand up straight.

Broadway Limited’s Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Light Pacific in HO Scale

May 10, 2017

Broadway Limited’s Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Light Pacific in HO Scale

Decoration and performance are standout features of Broadway Limited steam locomotives. The application of maroon and red for the model’s cab and select details on the boiler, as well as the red tender are visually striking compared to the average standard black steam locomotive.

Dec. 2011: Athearn GE U50 Turbine in HO Scale

May 8, 2017

Dec. 2011: Athearn GE U50 Turbine in HO Scale

December 2011: Athearn’s HO scale ready-to-run model of the General Electric U50 turbine features road-specific details and smooth operation.

Westerfield’s Fowler Stock Car Kit in HO

March 30, 2017

Westerfield’s Fowler Stock Car Kit in HO

Westerfield’s kits allow for models of some very uncommon cars to be built easily by the modeler. Follow the instructions, and a built-up car kit will be the equal — if not better — than many of today’s ready-to-run plastic models or the best brass cars.