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.

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.

LGB’s Freelanced Southern Pacific SD40

March 20, 2017

LGB’s Freelanced Southern Pacific SD40

Despite its kitbashed history, the LGB “Standard Gauge” diesel locomotive remains a classic among longtime LGB fans while its compact size, operating qualities, and new DCC/sound decoder upgrade also keep it quite relevant for today’s large scale modeler.

American Standard and Mogul steam locomotives in N scale from Model Rectifier Corp.

March 13, 2017

American Standard and Mogul steam locomotives in N scale from Model Rectifier Corp.

These new N-scale steam locomotives from Model Rectifier Corporation under the Model Power brand fill an empty segment in the N-scale steam roster. The models are nicely done with the latest in technology factory installed.

French CC7100 by REE Models in HO Scale

February 15, 2017

French CC7100 by REE Models in HO Scale

Over the years a number of model train makers have offered models of the SNCF CC7100 and other variants in HO, but none have been as detailed or advanced as this new offering from REE Models.

Santa Fe GA-123 Coal Hopper in HO Scale

January 18, 2017

Santa Fe GA-123 Coal Hopper in HO Scale

Despite its shortcomings, Concept Models is to be thanked for producing some unusual heavy-hauler specialty cars. It is good to see a model of this unique Santa Fe coal hopper car in HO scale.