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.

Colorado Model Railroad Museum’s Caboose in HO scale

August 19, 2020

Colorado Model Railroad Museum’s Caboose in HO scale

A special release Athearn Collectibles HO-scale caboose model available from the Colorado Model Railroad Museum.

Biggest Ever: 89-Foot High-Cube Boxcar from Tangent Scale Models

August 6, 2020

Biggest Ever: 89-Foot High-Cube Boxcar from Tangent Scale Models

Tangent Scale Models expands its line of highly detailed HO-scale freight car replicas with a an 86-foot high-cube boxcar in six roadnames.

Rio Grande’s Big Alcos: Broadway Limited Imports N Scale Alco PA-1/PB-1

July 20, 2020

Rio Grande’s Big Alcos: Broadway Limited Imports N Scale Alco PA-1/PB-1

Rio Grande purchased six Alco passenger diesels in the late 1940s. Broadway Limited Imports produced have the road’s roster with one set (PA-1 and PB-1) and one single (PA-1) release in the road’s four-stripe Aspen Gold and silver livery for its new release of Paragon 3-equipped N-scale models.

Boeing Skybox car in HO from Spring Creek Model Trains

July 20, 2020

Boeing Skybox car in HO from Spring Creek Model Trains

Spring Creek Model Trains will offer a very limited number of fully assembled HO-scale Boeing B777 “Skybox” covered well car replicas.

Roco’s Beilhack Snow Blower in HO scale

June 16, 2020

Roco’s Beilhack Snow Blower in HO scale

Roco’s Beilhack snow blower is an amazing HO scale model featuring crisp detail, combined with exciting animated features and crisp sound.

Bachmann Spectrum On30 2-6-2T Class 10 Trench Engine

May 19, 2020

Bachmann Spectrum On30 2-6-2T Class 10 Trench Engine

On30 modelers will really enjoy this Trench Engine in a variety of settings, either on World War I front lines or serving a narrow gauge industrial layout.

Classic Metal Works 1974 Buick Estate Wagon in HO Scale

April 13, 2020

Classic Metal Works 1974 Buick Estate Wagon in HO Scale

Classic Metal Works has a brand-new tooling of a 1974 Buick Estate Wagon in HO scale that I’m sure will appeal to many hobbyists.

Review: Rio Grande: Jewel of the Wasatch

March 18, 2020

Review: Rio Grande: Jewel of the Wasatch

Rio Grande: Jewel of the Wasatch contains a large collection of crisp images, most of which have not been published before. The print color is on point, and the information is very accurate. This book is a wealth of knowledge for any Rio Grande fan.

Striped Sharks on the Prowl: New York Central Baldwin RF-16 in HO Scale by Broadway Limited

February 19, 2020

Striped Sharks on the Prowl: New York Central Baldwin RF-16 in HO Scale by Broadway Limited

Broadway Limited’s HO scale Baldwin RF-16 “Sharknose” diesel is available as a powered cab and unpowered booster set, or as individual powered units.

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.