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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 24991 CSXT Bethgon Coalporter 5 car set 2 N scale
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$25.98
N Burlington Northern RTR 52 Mill Gondola 564446 Athearn 23638
N Burlington Northern RTR 52 Mill Gondola 564446 Athearn 23638
$18.99
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N Burlington Northern RTR 52 Mill Gondola 564384 Athearn 23637
$18.99
Athearn RTR 24994 CWEX Bethgon Coalporter 5 car set 2 N scale
Athearn RTR 24994 CWEX Bethgon Coalporter 5 car set 2 N scale
$93.48
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Athearn RTR 24993 CWEX Bethgon Coalporter 5 car set 1 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 24981 BNSF Bethgon Coalporter 5 car set 1 N scale
$93.48
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Athearn N RTR 50 NACC Box Weathered TPW 50507 11198
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Athearn N RTR 50 NACC Box Weathered Triangle Pacific 5524 11209
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Athearn N RTR 50 NACC Box Wthr Trona Chemical 42899
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Athearn CBQ 50 RTR Ice Reefer Rd 303 ATH29363
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Athearn RTR 10505 California Fruit Express Reefer N Scale
Athearn RTR 10505 California Fruit Express Reefer N Scale
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ATHEARN 10042 N RTR Ford C Tractor in Blue New in Package
$12.50
N Scale Athearn RTR 14146 CO Chesapeake  Ohio 50 Double Door Box Car 28241
N Scale Athearn RTR 14146 CO Chesapeake Ohio 50 Double Door Box Car 28241
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N Scale Athearn RTR 23218 RI Rock Island 35 Bay Window Caboose 17124
$12.49
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N Scale Athearn RTR 14170 BO Baltimore Ohio 50 Plug Door Box Car 475026
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N Scale Athearn RTR 14179 TLCX General Electric 50 Plug Door Box Car 42
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N Scale Athearn RTR 23607 DM Detroit Mackinac 50 Berwick Box Car 2463
$9.95
N Scale Athearn RBOX Railbox 50 Single Door Box Car 38525 RTR Model Train
N Scale Athearn RBOX Railbox 50 Single Door Box Car 38525 RTR Model Train
$9.95
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
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Athearn 24166 PS 2 2600 COVERED HOPPER Burlington Northern 430198 N RTR MIB
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Athearn 24169 PS 2 2600 COVERED HOPPER BO 600158 N RTR MIB
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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 NW 170703 N RTR
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Athearn 24175 PS 2 2600 COVERED HOPPER DETROIT MACKINAC 6128 N RTR
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Athearn 24181 PS 2 2600 COVERED HOPPER Norfolk Western 170722 N RTR
$24.98
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Athearn 24176 PS 2 2600 COVERED HOPPER Detroit Mackinac 6142 N RTR
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Athearn 24182 PS 2 2600 COVERED HOPPER Norfolk Western 170745 N RTR
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Athearn  11917 Bethgon Coalporter w Load CCTX  9012 RTR N MIB
Athearn 11917 Bethgon Coalporter w Load CCTX 9012 RTR N MIB
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Athearn 24950 N RTR Bethgon Coalporter w Load CR 503326 MIB
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Athearn 24953 Bethgon Coalporter w Load FURX 960021 RTR N MIB
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Athearn 24957 N RTR Bethgon Coalporter w Load OGEX 1 5 MIB
$99.98
Athearn  24959 Bethgon Coalporter w Load TGNX  30620 RTR N MIB
Athearn 24959 Bethgon Coalporter w Load TGNX 30620 RTR N MIB
$19.98
Athearn  24960 N RTR Bethgon Coalporter w Load TGNX  1 5 MIB
Athearn 24960 N RTR Bethgon Coalporter w Load TGNX 1 5 MIB
$99.98
N RTR 60 PS Auto Parts Box Late NW 600407ATH10788
N RTR 60 PS Auto Parts Box Late NW 600407ATH10788
$40.00


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