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N Scale - Life-Like - 7322 - Boxcar, Evans 5277 - Great Northern - 17879


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N Scale - Life-Like - 7322 - Boxcar, Evans 5277 - Great Northern - 17879


N Scale - Life-Like - 7322 - Boxcar, Evans 5277 - Great Northern - 17879


Brand Life-Like
Stock Number 7322
Manufacturer Life-Like
Body Style Life-Like Boxcar 50 Foot Evans
Road/Company Name Great Northern
Reporting Marks GN
Road/Reporting Number 17879
Paint Color(s) Boxcar Red
Print Color(s) White
Body Construction Plastic
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Release Date 1990-12-01
Item Category Rolling Stock
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 50 Foot
Model Variety Evans 5277
Prototype Boxcar, Evans 5277
Prototype Manufacturer Name Evans Products Company
Region North America
Era/Epoch Era IV: 1958 - 1978


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Body Style Information: This Life-Like series of boxcars models the modern no-roofwalk 50' Evans high-cube prototype.

Road/Company Information:
The Great Northern Railway (reporting mark GN) was an American Class I railroad. Running from Saint Paul, Minnesota, to Seattle, Washington, it was the creation of 19th century railroad entrepreneur James J. Hill and was developed from the Saint Paul & Pacific Railroad. The Great Northern's (GN) route was the northernmost transcontinental railroad route in the U.S.

The Great Northern was the only privately funded - and successfully built - transcontinental railroad in U.S. history. No federal land grants were used during its construction, unlike all other transcontinental railroads.

The Great Northern was built in stages, slowly to create profitable lines, before extending the road further into the undeveloped Western territories. In a series of the earliest public relations campaigns, contests were held to promote interest in the railroad and the ranchlands along its route. Fred J. Adams used promotional incentives such as feed and seed donations to farmers getting started along the line. Contests were all-inclusive, from largest farm animals to largest freight carload capacity and were promoted heavily to immigrants & newcomers from the East.

In 1970 the Great Northern, together with the Northern Pacific Railway, the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad and the Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway merged to form the Burlington Northern Railroad. The BN operated until 1996, when it merged with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway to form the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway.

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Brand/Importer Information:
Life-Like Products LLC (now Life-Like Toy and Hobby division of Wm. K. Walthers) was a manufacturer of model railroad products and was based in Baltimore, Maryland.

It was founded in the 1950s by a company that pioneered extruded foam ice chests under the Lifoam trademark. Because ice chests are a summer seasonal item, the company needed a way to keep the factory operating year round. As model railroading was becoming popular in the post-war years, they saw this as an opportunity and so manufactured extruded foam tunnels for model trains. Over the years, Life-Like expanded into other scenery items, finally manufacturing rolling stock beginning in the late 1960s. At some point in the early 1970s, Life-Like purchased Varney Inc. and began to produce the former Varney line as its own.

The Canadian distributor for Life-Like products, Canadian Hobbycraft, saw a missing segment in market for Canadian model prototypes, and started producing a few Canadian models that were later, with a few modifications, offered in the US market with US roadnames.

In 2005, the company, now known as Lifoam Industries, LLC, decided to concentrate on their core products of extruded foam and sold their model railroad operations to Wm. K. Walthers.

Read more on Wikipedia and The Train Collectors Association.


Item created by: gdm on 2017-09-07 11:43:10. Last edited by gdm on 2017-09-13 20:36:17

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