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.

TrainLife.com’s Exclusive “Stand-in” Gons

November 30, 2020

TrainLife.com’s Exclusive “Stand-in” Gons

An exclusive release from TrainLife.com presents ExactRail’s Thrall 3564 gondola in paint schemes for near prototypes in HO and N.

First Look at N-scale Thomas & Friends from Bachmann

November 24, 2020

First Look at N-scale Thomas & Friends from Bachmann

The fun of “Thomas & Friends” is now available in N scale from Bachmann. The first releases are available now for holiday giving. Jackson Sobeck and his father are reviewing the first offerings for Model Railroad News.

Walthers WiFlyer Express HO-scale train set

November 20, 2020

Walthers WiFlyer Express HO-scale train set

Walthers Wi-Flyer Express HO-scale train sets provide all you need to get started in model railroading and include digital control via a smart device and sound output from the locomotive.

Lionel’s Nickel Plate Fast Freight train set in HO

November 19, 2020

Lionel’s Nickel Plate Fast Freight train set in HO

December 2020’s Model Railroad News includes reviews for six starter train sets, including two Lionel HO offerings.

Athearn Genesis HO-scale Wabash GP7

November 12, 2020

Athearn Genesis HO-scale Wabash GP7

Athearn’s Genesis line presents Wabash’s GP7 in solid blue repaint livery for a November 2020 delivery.

Atlas Trainkids Amtrak Acela set

November 9, 2020

Atlas Trainkids Amtrak Acela set

Atlas Trainkids Amtrak Acela set can operate on regular HO track, is battery powered, and includes sound output.

Bachmann’s Amtrak Acela Express set in HO scale

November 9, 2020

Bachmann’s Amtrak Acela Express set in HO scale

Bachmann’s Spectrum line HO-scale Acela Express brings high-speed Amtrak to the starting hobbyist.

ScaleTrains.com’s Unique C&NW SD45s

October 21, 2020

ScaleTrains.com’s Unique C&NW SD45s

November 2020’s Model Railroad News presents a Chicago & North Western theme. Andy Dorsch reviews the truly unique C&NW SD45 release.

Bowser’s Ore Hauling Century

October 16, 2020

Bowser’s Ore Hauling Century

November 2020’s Model Railroad News presents a Chicago & North Western theme. Among the reviews, you’ll see Bowser’s HO-scale C-628 in C&NW livery.

Trix’s Big Boy 4014 in HO

October 5, 2020

Trix’s Big Boy 4014 in HO

The look of a newly restored giant. Trix presents this Big Boy with details to replicate Union Pacific’s contemporary 4014.