News & Reviews News News & Products for the week of April 15th 2024

News & Products for the week of April 15th 2024

By Mitch Horner | April 15, 2024

| Last updated on April 16, 2024

Model railroad locomotive, freight car, and structure announcements for the week of April 15th 2024

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News & Products for the week of April 15th 2024


Model railroad operators and builders can get the latest information about locomotives, freight cars, passenger cars, tools, track, and more by reading Model Railroader’s frequent product updates. The following are the products Model Railroader editors have news on for the week of April 15th 2024.


HO scale locomotives


Athearn Genesis Electro-Motive Division SD70-series

Price: Direct-current model, $199.99; with DCC and sound, $286.94. Add $8.70 for Primed for Grime.

Manufacturer: Athearn Trains, 2904 Research Rd., Champaign, IL 61822; 800-338-4639;

A yellow model diesel locomotive with an American flag painted onto the side of the locomotive

Electro-Motive Division SD70-series features:

  • Detailed fuel tank with fuel fillers, fuel gauges, and breather pipes
  • Wire grab irons
  • See-through cab windows and full cab interior

Release date: August 2025

Road names: Union Pacific, Arizona & California, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Indiana Railroad, Progress Rail Services Corp., RJ Corman, and Western Pacific.


HO scale freight cars


Broadway Limited Imports heavyweight business car 

Price: $99.99

Manufacturer: Broadway Limited Imports, 9 East Tower Circle, Ormond Beach, FL 32174

A model passenger car in a green paint scheme

Heavyweight business car features:

  • Separately applied details include hand rails and antennae
  • Detailed interiors
  • Underbody detail per prototype
  • Illuminated interiors
  • Also available unlettered and in Christmas paint scheme

Release date: Fall 2024

Road names: Northern Pacific; Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe; Canadian National; Chesapeake & Ohio; CSX; New York Central; Norfolk & Western; Southern Pacific; and Union Pacific.


Funaro & Camerlengo Illinois Central automobile boxcar 

Price: 59.99

Manufacturer: Funaro & Camerlengo; 10 Funaro Court, Honesdale, PA 18431;

A model boxcar in a brown paint scheme

Illinois Central automobile boxcar features:

  • Decals included

Release date: Available now

Road names: Illinois Central


Walthers Trinity three-bay covered hopper

Price: $34.98

Manufacturer: Wm. K. Walthers Inc., 5601 W. Florist Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53218; 414-527-0770;

A model freight car in an orange paint scheme with black ICG letter on the side of the model

Trinity three-bay covered hopper features:

  • Clerestory-style roof
  • Late Trinity-style jacking pads and pulling tabs
  • 1990s-era square cornered roof hatches
  • Detailed hopper gates with vibrator brackets & outlets
  • Also available undecorated

Release date: Spring 2024

Road names: Illinois Central Gulf, BNSF, Chicago & North Western, General American Marks Co., Norfolk Southern, St. Lous-San Francisco, Southern Railway, and Union Pacific.


HO scale vehicles


Rapido New Look transit bus

Price: $74.95

Manufacturer: Rapido Trains Inc., 500 Alden Road, Unit 21, Markham, Ontario L3R 5H5 Canada; 905-474-3314;

Multiple model New Look passenger buses

New Look transit bus features:

  • Optional left side emergency exit door and either single- or dual-stream rear doors
  • Etched metal interior stanchions, stamped metal handrails and separate farebox
  • Interior includes separate bench seats and grooved flooring
  • Optional detail parts included
  • Also available undecorated

Release date: To be announced

Road names: AC Transit, Toronto Transit Commission, Los Angeles SRCTD, Miami-Dade MTA, Long Island MSBA, Ottawa OTC, and Philadelphia.


N scale freight cars


Athearn 65 foot mill gondola 

Price: $39.99

Manufacturer: Athearn Trains, 2904 Research Rd., Champaign, IL 61822; 800-338-4639;

A black model gondola freight car

65 foot mill gondola features:

  • Working drop ends
  • Separately applied wire grab irons
  • Interior detailing

Release date: July 2025

Road names: CSX, Cotton Belt, Lehigh Valley, Rio Grande, Southern, and Southern Pacific.


Z scale locomotives


American Z Line Electro-Motive Division SD40-2

Price: Contact manufacturer

Manufacturer: American Z Line, 6142 Northcliff Blvd., Dublin, OH 43016; 614-764-1703;

A blue model locomotive

Electro-Motive Division SD40-2 features:

  • Directionally controlled lighting
  • Blackened metal wheels
  • DCC ready

Release date: To be announced

Road names: Conrail


News & Products is a regular feature of for model railroad operators and builders to get the latest information about locomotives, freight cars, passenger cars, tools, track, and more. Model railroad product news may include HO, N, O, S, and Z scales. Product release dates and prices will vary according to each manufacturer.

If you are a manufacturer and have new product releases, please email Senior Editor Cody Grivno at and Associate Editor Bryson Sleppy at for more information.

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