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N Scale - Life-Like - 920-80044 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD GP20 - Conrail - 2101

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Stock Number 920-80044
Secondary Stock Number 80044
Original Retail Price $99.98
Brand Life-Like
Manufacturer Walthers
Body Style Life-Like Diesel Engine GP20
Prototype Vehicle Locomotive, Diesel, EMD GP20 (Details)
Road or Company Name Conrail (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 2101
Paint Color(s) Blue and White
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Coupler Mount Body-Mount
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
DCC Readiness Ready
Release Date 2011-05-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype EMD
Model Variety GP20
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Years Produced 1959-1962
Scale 1/160

Specific Item Information: without Dynamic Brakes. Ex-NYC 6101

Model Information: Released in 1998, 2004 (revised version with Accumate couplers), and 2011 (by Walthers, DCC-Ready version, with MTL couplers).
Re-run under Atlas brand in 2021 after Atlas purchased the tooling from Walthers.

The 2011 model features:
  • DCC-Ready Mechanism w/Clip-Fit Circuit Board;
  • All-Wheel Drive & All-Wheel Electrical Pickup;
  • Dual Machined Brass Flywheels;
  • Heavy Die Cast Split-Frame Chassis;
  • Powerful Skew-Wound Motor;
  • Constant Intensity & Directional Headlights;
  • RP-25 Wheels Operate on Code 55 & Larger Rail.

DCC Information: The 2011 version is DCC ready. Accepts the following plug-in decoders (non-sound):
- Digitrax DN163L0A: 1 Amp N Scale Mobile Decoder for Walthers Proto GP20 and similar.
- TCS L1D4: BEMF decoder designed to fit Life-Like GP20 locomotive.

The Atlas version of 2021 comes either with a factory-installed DCC Sound decoder (ESU LokSound) or in DC version (with pre-installed speaker).
It accepts the following plug-in decoders:
- DCC silent: Digitrax DN166I3: 1.5 Amp Mobile Decoder that fits InterMountain N Scale SD40-2 released 2017
- DCC Sound: ESU LokSound Select Direct Micro ref.73199.

Prototype History:
An EMD GP20 is a 4-axle (B-B) diesel-electric locomotive built by General Motors' Electro-Motive Division between November 1959 and April 1962. Power was provided by an EMD 567D2 16-cylinder turbocharged engine which generated 2,000 horsepower (1,500 kW). EMD was initially hesitant to turbocharge their 567-series diesel engine, but was spurred on to do so following successful tests made by Union Pacific in the form of UP's experimental Omaha GP20 units. 260 examples of EMD's production locomotive model (with the EMD turbocharger) were built for American railroads.

From Wikipedia

Road Name History:
The Consolidated Rail Corporation, commonly known as Conrail (reporting mark CR), was the primary Class I railroad in the Northeast U.S. between 1976 and 1999. Conrail is a portmanteau of "consolidated" and "rail" from the name of the company.

The U.S. federal government created Conrail to take over the potentially profitable lines of multiple bankrupt carriers, including the Penn Central Transportation Company and Erie Lackawanna Railway. With the benefit of industry-wide regulatory requirements being reduced (via the 4R Act and the Staggers Act), Conrail began to turn a profit in the 1980s and was turned over to private investors in 1987. The two remaining Class I railroads in the East, CSX Transportation and the Norfolk Southern Railway (NS), agreed in 1997 to split the system approximately equally, returning rail freight competition to the Northeast by essentially undoing the 1968 merger of the Pennsylvania Railroad and New York Central Railroad that created Penn Central. Following Surface Transportation Board approval, CSX and NS took control in August 1998, and on June 1, 1999, began operating their portions of Conrail.

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.

In June 2018, Atlas and Walthers announced to have reached an agreement under which all Walthers N scale rolling stock tooling, including the former Life-Like tooling, will be purchased by Atlas.

Read more on Wikipedia and The Train Collectors Association.

Item created by: gdm on 2016-08-08 08:31:49. Last edited by Alain LM on 2018-11-16 09:20:07

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