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.

Turn a Coal Hopper into a Feed Trough MAC Rail’s HO-scale protein hopper top kit

May 28, 2022

Turn a Coal Hopper into a Feed Trough MAC Rail’s HO-scale protein hopper top kit

In June’s Model Railroad News, see MAC Rail’s protein hopper cover kit and find out how easy it is to turn a coal car into this interesting prototype.

Freight Car Variety Atlas Master and Trainman releases in N scale

April 24, 2022

Freight Car Variety Atlas Master and Trainman releases in N scale

There are several recent releases from Atlas featuring freight car models for N scale.

Day One … Plus 365 More! Amtrak 301 from Bachmann in HO scale

April 6, 2022

Day One … Plus 365 More! Amtrak 301 from Bachmann in HO scale

Bachmann’s latest HO-scale Siemens Charger includes newly tooled features to reproduce the newest members of the fleet.

Canadian Pacific Special Livery  SD70ACU from Athearn Genesis in HO scale

March 18, 2022

Canadian Pacific Special Livery SD70ACU from Athearn Genesis in HO scale

Athearn’s HO-scale Genesis 2.0 SD70ACU decorated for a Canadian Pacific special livery roster member is an eye-catcher!

Late-Era Look for The Milwaukee Road ScaleTrains SD40-2 in HO scale

February 18, 2022

Late-Era Look for The Milwaukee Road ScaleTrains SD40-2 in HO scale

The Milwaukee Road, wearing late-era livery, is among recent HO-scale Rivet Counter SD40-2s from ScaleTrains.

Milwaukee Style Ribs: ExactRail’s 40-foot Milwaukee Road Boxcar

February 14, 2022

Milwaukee Style Ribs: ExactRail’s 40-foot Milwaukee Road Boxcar

ExactRail’s 40-foot ribside boxcar reproduces a signature look for The Milwaukee Road’s fleet. This most recent production includes as-delivered examples dating to around 1940 and later era decoration for this highly detailed Platinum-series offering. 

Aurora Miniatures Opens Its Doors: Containers arrive as first North American release

December 8, 2021

Aurora Miniatures Opens Its Doors: Containers arrive as first North American release

Aurora Miniatures arrives with its first release aimed at the North American hobby market.

New Haven’s DEY-7 class SW1200

November 17, 2021

New Haven’s DEY-7 class SW1200

Chris Adams takes a look at Rapido Trains’ HO-scale New Haven SW1200 diesel switcher model.

Pittsburgh Rail History: Pittsburgh & Lake Erie in Allegheny County

September 12, 2021

Pittsburgh Rail History: Pittsburgh & Lake Erie in Allegheny County

Pittsburgh native Grier Kuehn takes a look at a new book about the P&LE and his hometown.

Early Amtrak Power

August 19, 2021

Early Amtrak Power

Walthers first FP7 release for its Proto line includes an early Amtrak prototype.