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.

Micro-Trains Airslide Hopper in N scale

December 31, 2016

Micro-Trains Airslide Hopper in N scale

Micro-Trains new N Scale model captures the look of the late-1970s General American Airslide covered hopper that can still be found in freight service across the country.

Bachmann Harvest Express train set in HO

November 25, 2016

Bachmann Harvest Express train set in HO

Just in time for the holidays, the new Bachmann “Harvest Express” HO train set features a modern GP40 locomotive, three contemporary grain cars, track, and power-pack.

LGB Christmas Streetcar Starter Set

November 22, 2016

LGB Christmas Streetcar Starter Set

LGB’s enduring reputation for excellent quality and reliable performance continues today, as is evident in this colorful holiday set. The LGB Christmas Streetcar Starter Set is just the ticket to send a child or an adult on their way to a lifetime of fun.

ScaleTrains Union Pacific Turbine in HO scale

November 20, 2016

ScaleTrains Union Pacific Turbine in HO scale

Between its immense size, incredible level of detail, and thunderous sounds, this Union Pacific Turbine is an amazing release! ScaleTrains has shown that if a modeler is willing to pay for all the detail and operating features they truly desire, this company is quite capable of delivering it.

Rock Island Westward Vol. 3

October 31, 2016

Rock Island Westward Vol. 3

This is a “must-have” library addition for anyone interested in the Rock Island and especially so for those who own the first two Rock Island Westward titles. This book serves as a good resource for Rock Island modelers for understanding freight operations on this part of the fallen flag’s system during the time frame covered.

Accucraft Rio Grande Caboose in O scale

October 12, 2016

Accucraft Rio Grande Caboose in O scale

Accucraft has produced a very fine model of a most popular prototype. Comparing it to photos of the real thing, the company seems to have captured the feel of the Rio Grande short caboose very well. This would make a superb addition to any O-scale narrow gauge railroad.

Marklin Great Northern F7 in HO

August 25, 2016

Marklin Great Northern F7 in HO

Marklin’s new EMD F7 in HO scale wears the colorful Great Northern paint scheme well. Separately applied metal grab irons and handrails add to the appearance of this Marklin set.

MRC Light Genie

August 4, 2016

MRC Light Genie

Who would believe that in a space of little more than two square inches, you could control 12 lighting outputs connected to grain-of-wheat bulbs or LEDs — and do so using Digital Command Control (DCC) or a 2.4 GHz hand-held remote control!

MRC Loco Genie

August 4, 2016

MRC Loco Genie

As technology advances, many in the hobby are frustrated with the idea of converting their DC-powered fleet to DCC. MRC’s Loco Genie provides an option for those wishing they had some of the sound and effects available with DCC, plus remote control operation.

Menards Ready-Built Structures in HO

July 21, 2016

Menards Ready-Built Structures in HO

For the seasoned modeler, these assembled structures provide a project well on its way to fitting into a location on one’s layout. There is little you would need to do for these releases to make them fit into a well-detailed model railroad. For the beginner, these eye-catching buildings have it all. Pick out your location, put them in place, and you have two great instant additions to your pike.