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Life-Like Trains.?

Does anyone know where to get some of the cheaper Life-Like Trains anymore? I think the company was bought out by Athearn or Walther's or some other model railroad company, but they were great at producing the less expensive sets for people just dabbling or starting out in the hobby. I think only their Prototype Series are available commercially anymore, which are wayyyy more upscale and expensive than their other stuff, but I'd like to add some of their cheaper entry-level stuff to my collection.

You're right, Life-Like was purchased by Walthers, which has continued the excellent Proto 1000 and 2000 lines, but dropped the toy store level equipment, which is not a bad thing. You could still pick these up via eBay, but they are so crudely built and unreliable that I wouldn't recommend them to anyone. They had weak slot car style motors that were noisy and burned up easily.

You'll have much better luck with basic level Bachmann http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/ , which have been repowered with reliable can motors. There is also Athearn RTR http://www.athearn.com/Products/HO/Default.aspx , still one of the best values in the hobby. Then there is IHC, which offers some very reliable basic steam engines http://www.ihc-hobby.com/cgi-bin/bsc.cgi?sn=766M513937819808068I65I0UC57T1 .

There is also Mantua Classics, now owned by model power, that are improved versions of some of the oldest and most reliable HO models in the industry.

All of these are available at significant discounts with a little bit of searching on the net. One of the best online dealers is Trainworld http://www.trainworld.com/ . I hope this info helps.

Nelson

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Athearn RTR 24981 BNSF Bethgon Coalporter 5 car set 1 N scale
$93.48
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$93.48
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Athearn RTR 24991 CSXT Bethgon Coalporter 5 car set 2 N scale
$93.48
Athearn RTR 24982 BNSF Bethgon Coalporter 5 car set 2 N scale
Athearn RTR 24982 BNSF Bethgon Coalporter 5 car set 2 N scale
$93.48
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Athearn RTR 24994 CWEX Bethgon Coalporter 5 car set 2 N scale
$93.48
Athearn RTR 24990 CSXT Bethgon Coalporter 5 car set 1 N scale
Athearn RTR 24990 CSXT Bethgon Coalporter 5 car set 1 N scale
$93.48
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Athearn 24389 30000 GALLON ETHANOL TANK ACFX CHIEF 89953 RTR N MIB
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$24.68
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Athearn 24488 30000 GALLON ETHANOL TANK ABENGOA 202083 RTR N MIB
$24.68
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$24.68
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Athearn N Scale RTR Frisco 50 PS 1 Pug Door Box Car 12007
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Burlington Northern RTR 52 Mill Gondola 564446 N Athearn ATH23638
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Burlington Northern RTR 52 Mill Gondola 564384 N Athearn ATH23637
$17.99
Athearn RTR 24996 Norfolk Southern Bethgon Coalporter 5 car set N scale
Athearn RTR 24996 Norfolk Southern Bethgon Coalporter 5 car set N scale
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Athearn RTR 25000 Union Pacific Bethgon Coalporter 5 car set N scale
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Athearn RTR 24997 Norfolk Southern Bethgon Coalporter 5 car set N scale
Athearn RTR 24997 Norfolk Southern Bethgon Coalporter 5 car set N scale
$101.98
Athearn RTR 24999 Union Pacific Bethgon Coalporter 5 car set N scale
Athearn RTR 24999 Union Pacific Bethgon Coalporter 5 car set N scale
$101.98
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Athearn ATH23717 N Scale RTR F59PHI Cal Train 923
$97.73
Athearn ATH23767 N Scale RTR F59PHI w DCC  Sound Cal Train 923
Athearn ATH23767 N Scale RTR F59PHI w DCC Sound Cal Train 923
$182.73
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Athearn N RTR 50 NACC Box Weathered Triangle Pacific 5524 11209
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Athearn CBQ 50 RTR Ice Reefer Rd 303 ATH29363
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Athearn  24165 PS 2 2600 COVERED HOPPER Burlington Northern  430101 N RTR MIB
Athearn 24165 PS 2 2600 COVERED HOPPER Burlington Northern 430101 N RTR MIB
$23.73
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$23.73
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Athearn 24170 PS 2 2600 COVERED HOPPER BO 600172 N RTR MIB
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Athearn  24180 PS 2 2600 COVERED HOPPER NORFOLK  WESTERN 170703 N RTR
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$23.73
Athearn  24175 PS 2 2600 COVERED HOPPER DETROIT  MACKINAC  6128 N RTR
Athearn 24175 PS 2 2600 COVERED HOPPER DETROIT MACKINAC 6128 N RTR
$23.73
Athearn  24181 PS 2 2600 COVERED HOPPER Norfolk  Western  170722 N RTR
Athearn 24181 PS 2 2600 COVERED HOPPER Norfolk Western 170722 N RTR
$23.73
Athearn  24176 PS 2 2600 COVERED HOPPER Detroit  Mackinac  6142 N RTR
Athearn 24176 PS 2 2600 COVERED HOPPER Detroit Mackinac 6142 N RTR
$23.73
Athearn  24182 PS 2 2600 COVERED HOPPER Norfolk  Western  170745 N RTR
Athearn 24182 PS 2 2600 COVERED HOPPER Norfolk Western 170745 N RTR
$23.73
Athearn RTR 50 FMC Offset Double Door Box GWF 1218 11290
Athearn RTR 50 FMC Offset Double Door Box GWF 1218 11290
$15.00
Athearn RTR 50 SIECO Box Weathered HN 1063 10259
Athearn RTR 50 SIECO Box Weathered HN 1063 10259
$22.00
Athearn  11917 Bethgon Coalporter w Load CCTX  9012 RTR N MIB
Athearn 11917 Bethgon Coalporter w Load CCTX 9012 RTR N MIB
$18.98
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Athearn 24953 Bethgon Coalporter w Load FURX 960021 RTR N MIB
$18.98
Athearn  24957 N RTR Bethgon Coalporter w Load OGEX  1 5 MIB
Athearn 24957 N RTR Bethgon Coalporter w Load OGEX 1 5 MIB
$94.98
Athearn  24959 Bethgon Coalporter w Load TGNX  30620 RTR N MIB
Athearn 24959 Bethgon Coalporter w Load TGNX 30620 RTR N MIB
$18.98
Athearn  24960 N RTR Bethgon Coalporter w Load TGNX  1 5 MIB
Athearn 24960 N RTR Bethgon Coalporter w Load TGNX 1 5 MIB
$94.98


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