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.

Oil-Burning Jumbo: Trix DB Class 44 Steam Locomotive in HO Scale

January 20, 2020

Oil-Burning Jumbo: Trix DB Class 44 Steam Locomotive in HO Scale

The Trix oil-fired Br 44 is the perfect locomotive for their OOtz 41 12-car ore train set.

Greenville Gondola from Pre-Size Model Specialties in S Scale

December 13, 2019

Greenville Gondola from Pre-Size Model Specialties in S Scale

This S scale resin kit from Pre-Size Model Specialties produces a fine model of the distinctive Greenville gondola design, perfect for modelers of modern railroading.

ExactRail’s Berwick 7440 Appliance Boxcar in HO Scale

October 18, 2019

ExactRail’s Berwick 7440 Appliance Boxcar in HO Scale

ExactRail’s new Platinum Series HO scale Berwick 7440 boxcar is a perfect match for modelers looking to build up their modern fleets with a car that saw service on several roads from the 1970s through the end of the 1990s.

Book Review: Mike Bednar’s Railroad Life

September 17, 2019

Book Review: Mike Bednar’s Railroad Life

Veteran railroader Mike Bednar shares his experiences of working for the Lehigh Valley RAilroad in eastern Pennsylvania in the 1970s.

Santa Fe RR-75 50-foot Plug Door Boxcar from Atlas O

August 21, 2019

Santa Fe RR-75 50-foot Plug Door Boxcar from Atlas O

Atlas O offers a new production run for its impressive O-scale Pullman-Standard PS-1 50-foot plug door boxcar model decorated in Santa Fe’s iconic 1970s “Shock Control” paint scheme.

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.