What’s New – US

See what’s new on the US model railroad scene with images, details and links for the latest releases in all scales and gauges in the US.

There’s everything from very narrow gauge right through to the latest mainline diesels to hit the market.

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.


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







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.

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.

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.

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



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


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


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

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

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


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.

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.

18 Oct 2018

A Climax in On30
Be warned, reading about narrow gauge modelling and looking at photos of narrow gauge models can be dangerous unless the narrow gauge modelling bug has already bitten.

So, we’ve had the health warning and now let’s look at this great kit.

The prototype is a Class A 12 ton Climax and the model comes from Railway Recollections.

The kit retails for $85.00 Canadian and you will need a HO Proto 2000 SW8/900 chassis, Kadee #146 couplers and a little spare time to turn the kit into what you see in the photos.

You will find the kit on eBay or you can buy it through the Railway Recollections website or their Facebook shop.




16 Oct 2018

McGinnis B&M FA2 from Athearn
Athearn will soon be releasing their latest loco … the B&M FA2/FB2 … in what has become known as the McGinnis Scheme. 

A pre-production model is shown in the photo below and you can find more details on the Athearn website.


4 Oct 2018

HO Scale GATC 4180 Airslide® Covered Hopper
ScaleTrains.com have released the GATC 4180 Airslide® Covered Hopper in HO Scale in their Rivet Counter range.

The model comes in a number of specific railroad names including:

  • CSX
  • Rio Grande
  • Norfolk and Western
  • Western Pacific
  • MKT and
  • GACX

Detail on each model will be road number specific and, from the photos on the website, the level of detail is outstanding and you can see the full range and road numbers here.

13 Sept 2018

Baldwin VO-1000 in N scale
Baldwin built their VO-1000 switcher between 1939 and 1946 and it proved to be their most popular diesel. 548 units were built for large and small railroads across the US.

None remain in service although a number have been preserved at various museums.

Atlas have announced that the N scale, analog version of their Baldwin VO-1000 is now arriving in hobby shops so if you’ve been looking for one of these units for your model railroad here is your chance.

The Atlas model’s features include:

NCE Decoders
Directional lighting
Step guards and exhaust stacks as appropriate per railroad
Blackened metal wheels
Factory-equipped with AccuMate® knuckle couplers (the loco can not be retro-fitted with Rapido couplers)
Slower speed motor for closer to scale speeds

You will find further technical information about these models here


13 Sept 2018

New GE Tier 4 GEVO ET44’s from ScaleTrains.com
If you model the big power US scene then take a look at these soon-to-be-released locos ScaleTrains.com.

These locos will be available in the following paint schemes:

Pre-production GE Test

GE Demonstrator

Navajo Mining (shown in the image)*

Norfolk Southern

Union Pacific

BNSF Heritage

And the list of features for each paint scheme is VERY impressive. It’s far too long to list here so head over to this page on website and get your order in.

These models haven’t been released but, as I write this, 2 versions are already sold out.

  • This is a photo of a pre-production model and some details may change

8 July 2018

Yosemite Shortline Caboose
Coming soon from Railway Recollections is this rather neat little caboose.