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.

VIA Rail Canada RDC in HO Scale by Rapido Trains

March 14, 2018

VIA Rail Canada RDC in HO Scale by Rapido Trains

You won’t find a better RDC model that offers such fine detail right out of the box. From its scale proportions, road-specific features, and smooth engineering and performance, this model clearly stands up to its claim of being the “absolute” example of a Budd RDC.

Westerfield Models Auto Boxcar Resin Kit in HO Scale

February 16, 2018

Westerfield Models Auto Boxcar Resin Kit in HO Scale

This Westerfield Auto Boxcar kit reproduces an early steel construction example. The provided history included with Westerfield’s kit notes New York Central (NYC) began operating all-steel boxcars with an American Car & Foundry example in 1912.

Atlas Master Line Penn Central GE U33B in HO Scale

January 31, 2018

Atlas Master Line Penn Central GE U33B in HO Scale

This husky Penn Central U33B example from General Electric’s U-boat production shows off the stubby pug nose that became common in the 1960s. The model is available from Atlas in standard DC, as well as DCC-sound versions.

Penn Central General American 50′ Boxcar from Moloco in HO

January 31, 2018

Penn Central General American 50′ Boxcar from Moloco in HO

Has Penn Central become that popular? Moloco Trains, a maker of high-quality HO-scale freight car models, apparently cannot keep up with the demand for at least one road name offered for its 50-foot boxcar release.

Die Cast SD70ACe by 3000TOYS in HO Scale

January 8, 2018

Die Cast SD70ACe by 3000TOYS in HO Scale

Diecast Masters offers something unique for the HO market. The company recently delivered an HO-scale SD70ACe Tier 4. Of special note, this 1/87 model includes no drive mechanism, making it a static display reproduction.

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.