Exclusive Preview: The Kato 20th Century Limited

The Prototype The 20th Century Limited was an express passenger service operated between New York City and Chicago by the New York Central Railroad. First launched in 1902, the service ran for more than 60 years, before being canceled upon the New York Central’s merger with the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1967. Initially devised to compete …

Big Boys: Head to Head

With the restoration of Big Boy #4014 by the Union Pacific railway in 2019, and the locomotive’s subsequent participation in the Spike150 celebrations in Utah, both Athearn Genesis and Broadway Limited Imports have rereleased their HO Scale Big Boys with new features and details, paying tribute to this now famous example. In this article, we’re …

Exclusive Preview – The Kato CN Transcontinental Set

The Prototype Following World War II, the Canadian National Railway embarked on an ambitious modernization program for it’s passenger services, purchasing a fleet of new lightweight coaches and sleeping cars for long distance routes. Although the new cars were successful, the program was never fully realized due to metal shortages following the war, and CN …

The New Atlas Gunderson “Multi Max” Autorack

The Prototype As mass production of automobiles increased during the 1950s and 60s, specially designed railcars became a crucial component in their construction and delivery. Early auto carriers were built with open sides, and looked similar in appearance to car-carrying road trailers. This presented several problems, the most prominent being exposure to weather, and more …

Chutes and Cubes: Intermountain’s Latest Rolling Stock Releases

Hoppers and boxcars make up the bulk of most manifest freights across North America, with the PS2 and Gunderson High Cube being some of the most frequently seen types. In this article, we’re taking a look at the new Intermountain release of these cars in HO (and N scale for the High Cubes!).  The 4785 …

Coiled Up: The New Evans 100-Ton Coil Car from Intermountain

Coil Cars are a common sight on manifest freights across North America. In this post, we’ll be checking out the new HO Scale Evans 100-Ton example from Intermountain! The Prototype Until the 1960s, steel coils were generally transported either in open or covered gondola cars. This presented a problem, as there was no efficient way …

Primed for Grime! Athearn’s Line of Semi-Weathered Freight Cars

You may have noticed a new logo appearing on the packaging for certain HO scale Athearn and Roundhouse products over the last couple of years. In this post, we’re taking a look into exactly what this brand-transcending “Primed for Grime” title means, and how it’s revolutionizing the custom weathering aspect of the hobby.  The Prototype …