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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 50 FMC Box Weathered BH 25132 11211
Athearn RTR 50 FMC Box Weathered BH 25132 11211
$20.00
Athearn RTR 50 FMC Box Weathered BH 25150 11210
Athearn RTR 50 FMC Box Weathered BH 25150 11210
$20.00
Athearn RTR 50 FMC Offset Double Door Box GWF N Scale 1218 11290
Athearn RTR 50 FMC Offset Double Door Box GWF N Scale 1218 11290
$15.00
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Athearn CBQ 50 RTR Ice Reefer Rd 303 ATH29363
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Athearn N Scale RTR 52 Mill Gondola Freight Car CPR Canadian Pacific 330904
$18.99
Athearn N Scale RTR 50 PS 1 Boxcar Freight Car SAL Seaboard Air Line 10090
Athearn N Scale RTR 50 PS 1 Boxcar Freight Car SAL Seaboard Air Line 10090
$21.99
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N RTR 3 Window Caboose DRGW 01167
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N RTR 3 Window Caboose UP 2269
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N RTR Bay Window Caboose SP Red 1741
$24.78
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N RTR Bay Window Caboose SP Bicentennial 1776
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N RTR Bay Window Caboose WP 465
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N RTR 40 Pfaudler Milk Car Bordens 504
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N Grand Trunk Western RTR 52 Mill Gondola 148010 Athearn ATH23660
N Grand Trunk Western RTR 52 Mill Gondola 148010 Athearn ATH23660
$16.99
Pennsylvania 40 3 Bay Ribbed Side Open Hopper RTR 4 Pack N Athearn ATH24535
Pennsylvania 40 3 Bay Ribbed Side Open Hopper RTR 4 Pack N Athearn ATH24535
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Pennsylvania 40 3 Bay Ribbed Side Open Hopper RTR 4 Pack N Athearn ATH24536
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CO 40 3 Bay Ribbed Side Open Hopper RTR 4 Pack N Athearn ATH24529
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CO 40 3 Bay Ribbed Side Open Hopper RTR 4 Pack N Athearn ATH24530
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Virginian 40 3 Bay Ribbed Side Open Hopper RTR 4 Pack N Athearn ATH24539
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Virginian 40 3 Bay Ribbed Side Open Hopper RTR 4 Pack N Athearn ATH24538
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DRGW 40 3 Bay Ribbed Side Open Hopper RTR 4 Pack N Athearn ATH24541
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N SCALE 1160 Athearn RTR Mack B Cement truck Erie Builders Concrete Co
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Athearn ATH22964 N Scale 50 SIECO Box Car NSL 100072 RTR
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YREKA WESTERN 25104 N ATHEARN 11281 50 OFFSET BOX CAR RTR
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N Scale Athearn RTR 11772 BNSF Burlington Northern Santa Fe 50 Tank Car 880128
$21.99
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N Scale Athearn RTR 11771 BNSF Burlington Northern Santa Fe 50 Tank Car 880114
$21.99
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N Scale Athearn RTR 11775 Cotton Belt 50 Tank Car 55007
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N Scale Athearn RTR 11776 Cotton Belt 50 Tank Car 55010
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N Scale Athearn RTR 10770 60 Southern Pacific 621112 PS Auto Parts Box Car
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N Scale Athearn RTR 10771 60 Southern Pacific 621123 PS Auto Parts Box Car
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N Scale Athearn RTR 10772 60 Cotton Belt 62500 PS Auto Parts Box Car
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N Scale Athearn RTR 10773 Cotton Belt 62503 60 PS Auto Parts Box Car
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N Scale Athearn RTR 10790 Union Pacific 960047 60 PS Auto Parts Box Car
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N Scale Athearn RTR 10791 Union Pacific 960061 60 PS Auto Parts Box Car
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N Scale Athearn RTR 10786 Burlington Northern 390002 60 PS Auto Parts Box Car
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N Scale Athearn RTR 10787 Burlington Northern 390271 60 PS Auto Parts Box Car
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N Scale Athearn RTR 10793 Western Pacific 3723 60 PS Auto Parts Box Car
N Scale Athearn RTR 10793 Western Pacific 3723 60 PS Auto Parts Box Car
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N Scale Athearn RTR 10792 Western Pacific 3714 60 PS Auto Parts Box Car
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N Scale Athearn RTR 10795 Western Pacific 3709 60 PS Auto Parts Box Car
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N Scale Athearn RTR 10794 Western Pacific 3718 60 PS Auto Parts Box Car
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