What's New - US

See what’s new on the US model railroad scene here on What’s New – US. We’ll show you images and give you details and links for the latest releases in N, HO and O scales in the US.

There’s everything from rolling stock to buildings and the latest high quality DC and DCC locomotives to hit the market.

15 Feb 2019

N scale 50’ Sieco pulpwood flat car
Atlas have announced the release of a new N scale 50’ pulpwood flat car modelled on a Sieco design

The model is available in 7 different road names with 2 different road numbers for each.

The road names and numbers are:

  • Ashley Drew & Northern #202 and #206
  • CSX #408232 and #408299
  • ICG #822609 and #822623
  • KCS #607109 and #607150
  • MP #728013 and #728049
  • RF&P #3864 and #3866
  • Southern #141070 and 141125

Click here for more information.

The Ashley Drew & Northern version of the new N scale 50' Seico pulpwood flat car now available from Atlas

15 Feb 2019

N scale 41’ ballast hopper
Atlas have announced the release of a new 41’ ballast hopper in N scale.

The model is available in 6 different road names including:

  • Milwaukee Road
  • Union Pacific
  • Herzog
  • Burlington Northern
  • CP Rail and
  • Amtrak

The model will be available as a single car or as 3-pack with individual road numbers for each hopper in the pack.

Click here for more information

An artist's drawing of the new 41' ballast hopper that Atlas have just released in a range of road names in N scale

15 Feb 2019

New paint schemes and road numbers for the N scale 17,360 gallon tank car
Atlas have announced some new paint schemes and road numbers for their N scale 17,360 gallon tank cars.

The new paint schemes and numbers will include:

  • ACFX (black with an orange stripe) 77347 – 77354 and 77356
  • ACFX (Olin) 77379 – 77389 and 77413
  • GATX (white with a black band and underframe) 36740 – 36745 and 36755
  • GPBX (black) 703 – 707 and 714
  • HOKX (RECT 2003) 132414 – 132436 and 132526
  • PPGX (black with stripes 1646 – 1669 and 1691

Click here for more information

One of the N scale 17,360 gallon tank cars being offered with new road names and numbers in N scale by Atlas

15 Feb 2019

New road numbers for the N scale PS-2750 Hoppers
Atlas have announced some new road numbers for their N scale PS-2750 hoppers.

The new numbers will include:

  • L&N 150534
  • Alaska Railroad 14402 – 14411 – 14424 and 14440
  • BN 513319 – 513325 – 513340 and 513382
  • Clinchfield 52558 – 52561 – 52647 and 52669
  • DT&I 1727 – 1729 -1733 and 1734
  • GN 70089 – 70121 – 70127 and 70133
  • L&N (italics) 188111 – 188178 – 188333 and 188388

Click here for more details.

One of the many N Scale PS-2750 Hoppers that Atlas are releasing with new road numbers

10 Feb 2019

HO Trinity Rail 31K Crude Oil Tank Car
Thousands of these tank cars have been produced and operate across the US and Scaletrains.com have now produced them in HO in their Operator range in a number of different road names / owners.

12 different road numbers have been produced for each road name / owner.

The list of road names / owners include:

  • Capital Finance
  • Stauffer Chemical Co
  • GATX
  • SCMX
  • TILX and
  • Valero

An undecorated version has also been produced.

Details include:

  • Plastic end shields with hazmat placards
  • Injection moulded one-piece tank body with individual ends
  • Standard full-height ladders
  • Detailed covers and protective housing
  • And more.

Many manufacturers warn that you have to get in quick to order you’re their latest releases and, I guess to some, that looks like a marketing gimmick but in this instance it’s a fact.

At the time of writing this most road names / owner tank cars are now sold out and small numbers of only two remain.

Click here for more details and to get your order in before they are all gone.

The Capital Finance version of the new HO scale Trinity Rail 31K Crude Oil Tank Car

9 Feb 2019

Ride an erupting volcano in HO
Here in Australia an engineman who regularly drove the biggest articulated locos in this country once described it as sitting on an erupting volcano. I guess that if you multiply his experience by 10 you would be getting close to what it would have been like to drive a UP Big Boy.

Of course there’s little chance of us doing that in real life but, thanks to Broadway Limited, you can take a highly detailed model of one of these beauties for a spin on your layout.

The new Broadway Limited’s Big Boy model is available at participating dealers right now and the features make this an outstanding loco.

These locos come with:

  • Broadway Limited’s new Paragon3 Sound and operation System
  • Steam that comes from the whistle just like the real think
  • Driver and fireman installed at the factory
  • Synchronized puffing smoke with each cycle through the cylinders
  • Operating marker lights and number board lights
  • And it will operate over an 18 inch curve

And, in case you’re thinking of buying one or two, perhaps you should test the bridges on your layout first because these monsters come with diecast bodies and diecast chassis so they are going to be heavy … just like the real thing.

These models come in 7 different road numbers with detail variations that were specific to that particular road number.

Click here for more details

The new UP Big Boy in HO scale from Broadway Limited

9 Feb 2019

HO diesel that smokes
Railroad fans often joke that some diesels produce more black smoke than some steam engines and, while model steam locomotives with smoke have been around for many years, it seems that no one has put a smoke generator in a model diesel … till now.

Now, thanks to Broadway Limited we have a model of a diesel locomotive that not only comes with sound but also comes with smoke.

They have just released a model of the 6000hp GE AC6000CW complete with sound and variable load smoke output.

The models are available in BNSF, Canadian Pacific, CSX and Union Pacific (with several variations of each) as well as one in GE Demonstrator green colours.

The models are out in the hobby shops now and you can click here for more information.

Broadway Limited's new model of the 6000hp GE AC6000CW complete with sound and variable load smoke output. in BNSF colours

2 Feb 2019

The NH EP-5 in HO Scale
Some might find it hard to believe that a 9-year old kid way down in Australia could have been fascinated by the New Haven RR back in 1960 but I was. There was just something about that RR that caught my attention and held it for years.

These days my railway interests have moved on to other things closer to home but I still have to stop and have a look when I see images of red, black and white paint scheme.

So of course I just had to stop and look at the photos of the paint sample that Rapido Trains Inc have received for their HO Scale EP-5 project.

The model will be available in 5 other schemes including McGinnis yellow and PC black.

DC and DC or DCC sound equipped models will be produced and, if you’re running a sound-equipped version you will be able to raise and lower the pantographs … yes there’s still a lot of the 9-year old kid in me.

Other features will include:

  • Period correct detail options including pantograph and hardware variations
  • Several road numbers per major paint scheme and
  • Full cab interior.

You can pre-order up to Jun 24 and delivery will be in late 2019

Click here for more details.

The red, black and white paint sample of Rapido Trains Inc's new New Haven EP-5 electric loco

The six different paint schemes that will be available on Rapido Trains Inc's new New Haven EP-5 electric loco in HO Scale

2 Feb 2019

ACF 3,500 cu.ft. Flexi-Flo Hopper in HO Scale

Rapido Trains Inc have announced that the next piece of rolling stock to go into tooling will be the all-new HO Scale ACF 3,500 cu.ft. Flex Flo Hopper

The model will feature etched metal running boards with wire and injection moulded grabs along with detailed underbody, full piping, coupler lift bars and air hoses.

Three versions will be produced:

  • The 941-H with 100-ton trucks and 3 panel body with vertical ribs and small hatches
  • The 963-H with 125-ton trucks and 3-panel body with horizontal ribs and large hatches and
  • The 996-H with 125-ton trucks and 6-panel body with horizontal ribs and large hatches

Road names will include NYC, PC, CR, SYSX and more and each road name will be available in multiple road numbers.

Click here for a full list of road names and numbers

Below is an early 3D rendering of the model.

An early 3D rendering of Rapido Trains next piece of rolling stock - the HO Scale ACF 3,500 cu.ft. Flex Flo Hopper

 

27 Jan 2019

New locos in HO Scale from ScaleTrains.com
ScaleTrains.com have just announced 4 new HO scale locos and a re-run for 2019.

GE Tier 4 GEVo


The first to arrive will be the re-tooled re-run of the GE Tier 4 GEVo due in mid-February. This will be a Rivet Counter series loco so it will come packed with plenty of goodies as well as model specific details.

You will find more images and more information here

SD40T-2


The next to arrive in March will be the EMD SD40T-2 tunnel motor. This is also a Rivet Counter model and will feature details specific to individual road numbers.

This is an all-new model and the list of inclusions on these models is very impressive.

You will find more images and more information here

SD40-2


Sometime in Spring 2019 the SD40-2 will arrive. It too is part of the Rivet Counter series and will be available in the following paint schemes:

  • BN Green (with variations),
  • CSX / YN3 Logo (with variations) and
  • Norfolk Southern / Admiral Cab (with variations)

A Milwaukee Road model was also available but it has already been sold out.

These are all-new models an incredible list of specific loco number detail variations and an impressive list of standard inclusions.

You will find more images and more information here

GE39-8

This Rivet Counter series loco should be available in the summer of 2019.

Nine different paint schemes plus variations have been included and paint and detail variations are number specific.

You will find more images and more information here

Dash 9-44CW

Also due in the summer is an all-new model of the GE Dash 9-44 in four different road names with three different road numbers.

These locos are part of the Operator range so some of the features that you would find on locos in the Rivet Counter range are missing but both the Rivet Counter range and the Operator range share the same motor and drive train

You will find more images and more information here

27 Jan 2019

HO Scale GMD FP7 from Rapido


Rapido Trains Inc are looking at a Spring delivery date for their HO Scale model of the GMD FP7 – a 100% accurate model of the Canadian version of EMDs FP7.

The model will feature road-number and era specific details applied at the factory, full cab interior and a range of other features.

Several different road numbers will be available in each paint scheme and they will be available in DC (silent or with sound) and DCC with sound.

Pre-orders have now closed so if you haven’t ordered yours yet you still have time to talk to your local hobby shop.

Click here for more information about the model and the prototype.

27 Dec 2018

The next HO Scale diesel from Rapido
Rapido have announced that the next HO Scale diesel to hit their catalogue will be EMD’s SW1200. It will be available in DCC (with or without sound) and DC versions.

Of course just about every model railway manufacturer has produced a model of the SW1200 but Rapido say that their model is different.

Over the years EMD moved from Type A to Flexicoil trucks and made numerous changes to the basic design to meet the requirements of individual buyers and the Rapido models will reflect these differences.

Among those changes that will be available on the Rapido models are:
• Different fuel tanks
• Unique spark arrestors
• MU cables
• Folding end-platform drop steps and
• Different lighting options depending on the road name

And speaking of road names … the list is impressive. I won’t list them all here, but you can see the full list along with more details and an order form if you follow this link to the Rapido website.

The next HO Scale loco from Rapido will be the SW1200

27 Dec 2018

The next HO Scale steam loco from Rapido
Rapido have announced that the next HO Scale steam loco to hit their catalogue will be the Canadian Pacific D10 class 4-6-0.

The first D10 rolled out of the erecting shops in 1905 and, by the end of production in 1913, over 500 had been built. Some of those locos lasted right up to the end of steam on the Canadian Pacific in 1961.

Of course, with a lifespan like that, many variations appeared over the years including:
• headlight positions,
• fuel types,
• placement of number boards,
• the shape of walkways,
• the style of power-reverser
• different steam pipes and
• the location of the bell

Many of those variations will be incorporated into the model.

Over the years members of the class also appeared in different paint schemes and the Rapido D10 will be available in some of those schemes.

Click here for more information and an order form on the Rapido website.

The next HO Scale steam loco from Rapido will be the Canadian D10

23 Dec 2018

Production Samples of Athearn’s HO SD40 in SP colours are coming
The model will be available in the as-delivered version as well as later versions with ACI plates and the SP on the nose.

The Athearn website is still showing a February delivery for the production models … and there are more than just the Southern Pacific versions. To see the full range just follow this link to the Athearn website.

Production samples of Athearn's SD40 in SP colours

12 Dec 2018
N Scale FA-1 /FB-1

Atlas has announced the 2019 release of an FA-1 / FB-1 in their N Scale Master range.

The loco will be available in standard DC as well as DCC and Sound.

Each A and B model will come in a choice of three road numbers and roadnames include:#

  • Erie Lackawanna
  • Gulf Mobile & Ohio
  • Lehigh & New England
  • Lehigh Valley
  • New York Central and #
  • Pennsylvania

There will also be 1 undecorated A and 1 undecorated B unit available

The exact release date has not been announced but pre-orders close on January 16

More information and a pre-order form can be found here on the Atlas website.

In 2019 Atlas will be releasing an FA/FB in their N Scale Master range

28 Nov 2018

A salvage flat car in N Scale
Did you know that Redstreak Specialized Railcar Services has a fleet of 89′ flat cars that feature adjustable bolster pedestals and a range of specialized retainment devices for transporting damaged railcars?

These specialized cars are leased to railroads across the US so they could turn up just about anywhere … and now they can turn up on your N Scale layout thanks to MTL.

The model is available in two versions. One option is transporting a salvaged tank car while the other is transporting a damaged boxcar.

You can find more information here and both versions of this model should be in hobby shops right now.

A salvage flat car in N Scale from MTL

23 Nov 2018
HO 55′ modified Trinity 30,145 Gallon Tank Car
Walthers has announced a limited run of the modified 55′ Trinity tank car.

This model will feature:

  • Photo-etched metal end shields
  • See-through etched-metal walkways and end platforms
  • Authentic load placards
  • Factory installed grab irons
  • Hightly detailed underbody with separate brake cyclinder, brake pipes and rigging
  • and much more

The model is expected to be released on Nov 28 and you can find more details and reserve yours here.

HO 55' modified Trinity tank car from Walthers

23 Nov 2018

Going back in time in N Scale
While most N Scalers seem to concentrate on the diesel or steam / diesel eras MTL are giving us the chance to go back to the Civil War with a set of 3 box cars and one flat car that are set for release in April next year.

MTL is accepting pre-orders on this set till the end of November and you will find more details here.

Civil War freight cars in N Scale from MTL

23 Nov 2018

Genesee & Wyoming SW1500 in N Scale
Also available now from MTL is this semi-decorated Genesee & Wyoming SW1500.

The loco comes painted but without road numbers and logos. Those details are included on a decal sheet that comes packed with each loco.

It’s an interesting way of giving modellers more options … and maybe encouraging us to buy more than just one loco.

Genesee and Wyoming SW1500 in N Scale from MTL

23 Nov 2018

N Scale weathered boxcar from MTL
If you love seeing weathered rolling stock on your layout but don’t have the skills then the latest boxcar from MTL could have you reaching for your wallet.

This weathered CSX ex Railbox boxcar is in stores now at a very affordable price.

N Scale weathered boxcar from MTL

17 Nov 2018

Exclusive Canada VIA F40PH-2D Loco in HO
To celebrate VIA’s 40th birthday Rapido Trains Inc. and VIA Rail Canada have announced 3 all-new and exclusive HO scale F40PH-2D models.

There are two different locos in the VIA 40 paint scheme and one in the Canada 150 paint scheme.

Only 150 of each model have been released and once they are gone they are gone for good.

The models are available right now and you will find an order form and more information here.

Exclusive Canada VIA F40PH-2D Loco in HO from Rapido Trains Inc

11 Nov 2018

PS4427 Covered Hopper in N Scale from Athearn
The latest N Scale release from Athearn is the PS 4427 covered hopper.

Just when you think that every PS 4427 covered hopper has been covered Athearn have come up with 8 previously unreleased road name/number/paint scheme combinations.

The road names covered in this release are:

Wisconsin Central

UP

C&NW

BN

ATSF

Pilsbury

MRL

Harmon Grain

Each hopper comes with 3 different numbers and each hopper is available individually or as part of a 3-pack.

You will find more information about the models here on the Athearn website.

PS4427 Covered Hopper in N Scale from Athearn

11 Nov 2018
Southern Pacific SD9 in N Scale
Bachmann Trains have released a DCC and sound-equipped model of  the EMD SD9.

The prototype was popular with a variety of railroads and the model is set to be just as popular with hobbyists.

The factory-set sound features 5 prime movers, 16 airhorns, 7 bell types, 2 air compressors and much more.

You will find more details on the Bachmann online shop.

Southern Pacific SD9 in N Scale

11 Nov 2018

Dash 8-40CM in N Scale
Rapido Trains Inc. have announced that they expect to deliver an N Scale model of the GE Dash 8-40CM loco in mid 2019.

The loco will be available in 5 CN versions, 2 BCRail versions and … if enough people pre-order it … 1 Quebec North Shore & Labrador version.

Details on the models will be roadname-specific and all models will feature a high-level of underbody detail.

For further details and to pre-order head over to this page on the Rapido website.

Dash 8-40CM in N Scale from Rapido

10 Nov 2018

Penn Central Heavyweights in N Scale
This neat 5-pack of Penn Central heavyweights from Micro-Trains Line should be appearing in your favorite hobby shop about now.

The pack features 4 individually numbered coaches and a baggage car and comes at a suggested price of $124.95

Penn Central heavyweights in N Scale from MTL

8 Nov 2018

New N Scale Locos from Atlas
Atlas have announced the upcoming release of an N Scale model of the GP20 in a range of roadnames.

The roadnames available are:

GM Demonstrator

Burlington Northern

Conrail

Santa Fe

Southern Pacific and

Union Pacific

Each roadname has several different numbers and each model is available with or without DCC.

Head over to this page on the Atlas website for a full list of the features and road numbers and to pre-order.

New N Scale GP20 from Atlas - it's coming in a range of roadnames
EMD Demonstator GP20 N Scale DB Master

8 Nov 2018

Wheat and Potash Hoppers
Walthers have announced a limited run release of 59′ National Steel 4550 cubic foot cylindrical hopper

These hoppers are seen across the US and Canada hauling frain and potash and they have been out there doing their thing since 1972.

This model will be available in a range of roadnames including:

Canadian Wheat Bord
Canada
Canadian National
Canadian Pacific
Chicago & North Western and
Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan

There will be four different numbers for each roadname and loading hatches will also be specific for the roadname

These neat hoppers should be available around the end of November.

wheat and potash hoppers from Walthers

8 Nov 2018

HO SD40 with DCC and Sound from Athearn
Back in January Athearn announced that they were working on a new RTR SD40 with DCC and sound and now they are about to be released around the end of November.

Road names will be SP, NS, Sou, CSX and PRR.

The models feature an extensive range of features plus quite a few extras that are specific to the road name and one of them will be this SP SD40R that wore the special Daylight livery.

To see all the features that on these great models head over to this page on the Athearn website.

HO SD40 with DCC and Sound from Athearn

30 Oct 2018

They’re BIG and they pack some punch
If you’re into N Scale and you like to run big American trains then the next release from Micro Trains Line is definitely going to interest you.

November 19 is the date that Micro Trains will be releasing a 3-pack of Department of Defence 6-axle, 68′ flatcars each loaded with 2 Abrams tanks.

You can pre-order yours over on the Walthers website.

Department of Defence 6-axle, 68′ flatcars each loaded with 2 Abrams tanks from MTL