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.

A Brass Replica of a Classic Kitbash Division Point’s UP Coal Turbine

January 9, 2023

A Brass Replica of a Classic Kitbash Division Point’s UP Coal Turbine

Model Railroad News kicks off 2023 in a big way with big models, like Matthew Dowd’s review of Division Point’s HO-scale brass UP Coal Turbine.

American Flyer’s Texas & Pacific set

December 6, 2022

American Flyer’s Texas & Pacific set

This Texas & Pacific set is a special release from American Flyer in S gauge.

Big Power for a Little Railroad

November 17, 2022

Big Power for a Little Railroad

Brilliant in red and white Tacoma Rail’s SD70ACe diesel locomotives were recently produced in HO by Athearn for its Genesis series.

Micro-Trains Line’s Railroad Magazine series

October 1, 2022

Micro-Trains Line’s Railroad Magazine series

Railroad Magazine is a featured in a series of releases from Micro-Trains.

Chevy’s Downsized Big Car Rapido Trains HO-scale Caprice and Impala

September 12, 2022

Chevy’s Downsized Big Car Rapido Trains HO-scale Caprice and Impala

Chevrolet’s downsized Caprice and Impala were radical changes for General Motors and the automobile industry. The smaller versions of Chevy’s “big cars” debuted with the 1977 model year, though the “new” branding rolled on in advertising into the 1980s.

Amtrak’s First Half-Century White River Productions’ Fifty Years of Amtrak Trains

August 18, 2022

Amtrak’s First Half-Century White River Productions’ Fifty Years of Amtrak Trains

White River Productions’ new hardcover release, Fifty Years of Amtrak Trains, A Comprehensive Survey of Amtrak Routes: 1971–2021 by David C. Warner and Bruce Goldberg, includes more than 250 pages documenting Amtrak service during its half-century.

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!