RMC Product Reviews

Reviews of great new products for the scale model railroader, presented by the staff Railroad Model Craftsman staff and updated monthly. To have your products considered for review, please send samples to:

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Walthers Layout Control System

November 18, 2019

Walthers Layout Control System

Walthers has released a set of components for the Layout Control System (LCS), which is designed for easy-to-use turnout control. Now, all of the components are available from a single manufacturer, ensuring compatibility.

Berkshire Valley Models REO High Wheel Box Truck in O Scale

November 13, 2019

Berkshire Valley Models REO High Wheel Box Truck in O Scale

The assembled REO High Wheel Box Truck kits produce a striking model of an interesting and unusual early vehicle.

N Scale Amtrak Viewliner II Baggage Car by Kato

November 13, 2019

N Scale Amtrak Viewliner II Baggage Car by Kato

N scale modelers of contemporary passenger equipment will find these Kato Viewliner II baggage cars essential for the proper representation of current Amtrak operations.

International Car Company Extended Wide-Vision Caboose by Walthers in HO Scale

July 20, 2019

International Car Company Extended Wide-Vision Caboose by Walthers in HO Scale

As freight cars grew in height during the 1960s, it became apparent that standard cupolas could no longer provide the forward vision needed by rear end crews to watch over the train.

“Rivet Counter” General Electric Dash9-44CW Locomotive by ScaleTrains.com

June 19, 2019

“Rivet Counter” General Electric Dash9-44CW Locomotive by ScaleTrains.com

If you are a modeler of big main line American railroading from the mid-1990s to today, or just an admirer of modern motive power, the highly detailed and smooth-running ScaleTrains.com Rivet Counter GE Dash9-44CW can be a welcome addition to your roster.

Johnstown America  AutoFlood II Hopper Car in N scale by ExactRail

April 15, 2019

Johnstown America AutoFlood II Hopper Car in N scale by ExactRail

ExactRail has recently released an N-scale model of the Johnstown America AutoFlood II in a number of paint schemes reflecting many of the owners and operators of these cars.

American Limited Santa Fe Postwar Welded Tank Cars in HO Scale

January 8, 2019

American Limited Santa Fe Postwar Welded Tank Cars in HO Scale

These HO scale tank cars from American Limited feature outstanding detail and should be considered an essential addition for Santa Fe fans.

Bachmann Trains Santa Fe GP30 in HO Scale

August 23, 2018

Bachmann Trains Santa Fe GP30 in HO Scale

Bachmann’s latest GP30 release is all what it claims to be: A DCC sound value model that offers the novice plenty of opportunity for learning the basics of command control operation and programming while also providing those more experienced hobbyists on a strict budget an attractive looking model with all the current tech.

Owl Mountain Models Southern Pacific Flatcar Kit in HO

June 19, 2018

Owl Mountain Models Southern Pacific Flatcar Kit in HO

Owl Mountain Models cut no corners in producing a complete quality model of this common and often overlooked prototype flatcar in HO scale.

Review: Chasing the Powhatan Arrow

May 18, 2018

Review: Chasing the Powhatan Arrow

Michael Abraham’s latest travelogue, Chasing the Powhatan Arrow, does not follow the normal course of a book about railroads. Abraham approaches his subject from the viewpoint of presenting an economic geographic assessment of the region between Norfolk, Va., and Cincinnati, Ohio.