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N Scale - Life-Like - 7323 - Boxcar, Evans 5277 - Grand Trunk Western - 597062

N Scale - Life-Like - 7323 - Boxcar, Evans 5277 - Grand Trunk Western - 597062


N Scale - Life-Like - 7323 - Boxcar, Evans 5277 - Grand Trunk Western - 597062


Brand Life-Like
Stock Number 7323
Manufacturer Life-Like
Body Style Life-Like Boxcar 50 Foot Evans
Road/Company Name Grand Trunk Western
Reporting Marks GTW
Road/Reporting Number 597062
Paint Color(s) Blue
Print Color(s) White
Body Construction Plastic
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Deep Flange
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 Grand Trunk Western Railroad Company (reporting mark GTW) is an important American subsidiary of the Canadian National Railway (reporting mark CN) operating in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Since a corporate restructuring in 1971 the railroad has been under CN's subsidiary holding company the Grand Trunk Corporation. Grand Trunk Western's routes are part of CN's Midwest Division. Its primary mainline between Chicago, Illinois, and Port Huron, Michigan, serves as a connection between railroad interchanges in Chicago and rail lines in eastern Canada and the Northeastern United States.

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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 2017-09-13 20:33:16

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