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.
October 12, 2016
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.
August 25, 2016
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.
August 4, 2016
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!
August 4, 2016
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.
July 21, 2016
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.
April 25, 2016
I had Piko’s SmartControl up and running in five minutes! This is an intriguing DCC system. I’ve only explained the very basics in this review. Because Piko’s system uses an Android app, updates and innovations are possible without outdating your SmartControl unit.
April 4, 2016
The chain of Menards home improvement stores continues to surprise and impress with its ever-expanding O gauge train line. Among recent releases comes Menards’ Chippewa Valley Farm Supply structure. Part of the company’s Gold Line Collection, this O gauge building arrives fully assembled and ready for placement on your layout.
February 10, 2016
Athearn has done a fine job of capturing the prototype fidelity of Iowa Interstate’s former Penn Central/Conrail Phase I GP38-2 locomotives. For the discerning prototype modeler, it would be an easy project to convert the locomotive into a 100 percent accurate model of No. 707.
January 5, 2016
Athearn touts that its Genesis product line of HO-scale steam and diesel locomotives and rolling stock “take model realism to the highest level.” Believe it. These latest entries into Athearn’s Geep family are fantastic models. So much so that it makes one stop and contemplate if ready-to-run 1:87-size locomotives have reached a plateau; can they really get any better than this?
December 15, 2015
Rapido Trains’ True North Locomotives has produced yet another excellent model that once again sets a new standard this time with its MLW FPA-4 and FPB-4. This is probably the most well-detailed and accurate Alco/ MLW carbody style HO-scale model — ever.