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Life-Like - 7912 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD BL2 - Rock Island - 429

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N Scale - Life-Like - 7912 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD BL2 - Rock Island - 429 Image Courtesy of Klaus Nahr
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Stock Number7912
Original Retail Price$35.00
BrandLife-Like
ManufacturerLife-Like
Body StyleLife-Like Diesel Engine BL2
Prototype VehicleLocomotive, Diesel, EMD BL2 (Details)
Road or Company NameRock Island (Details)
Road or Reporting Number429
Paint Color(s)Black w. Red and White stripes
Print Color(s)White
Coupler TypeRapido Hook
Coupler MountTruck-Mount
Wheel TypeNickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel ProfileSmall Flange (Low Profile)
DCC ReadinessNo
Release Date1992-01-01
Item CategoryLocomotives
Model TypeDiesel
Model SubtypeEMD
Model VarietyBL2
Prototype RegionNorth America
Prototype EraNA Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Years Produced1947-1949
Scale1/160



Model Information: Life-Like first released this locomotive model in 1992.
The initial release of 1992 shares the same mechanism as other cheaply-made Life-Life models of that time. However, in 2001, they redesigned the mechanism. The new models share the same shell as the older versions, but the mechanism was totally renewed with a modern split frame design.
DCC Information: None of the two versions is DCC anything.
Prototype History:
The EMD BL2 is a four-axle B-B road switcher built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD). It was equipped with a EMD 567B V16 engine with a power output of 1,500 hp. A total of 59 have been produced. Often considered the "Ugly Duckling" of diesel offerings from EMD, the BL2 led the way for the company's widely successful GP series of locomotives. The BL2 ("BL" meant Branch Line) did allow crews better sight lines and was quite reliable. However, it still lacked exterior walkways, which made the locomotive more utilitarian and was available on Alco's RS1 and RS2 models. Although unsuccessful from a sales standpoint the BL2 was really a mere stepping-stone for its next model, the GP series (meaning General Purpose).

From Wikipedia
Read more on American-Rails.com
Road Name History:
The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad (CRI&P RR) (reporting marks RI, ROCK) was a Class I railroad in the United States. It was better known as the Rock Island Line, or, in its final years, The Rock. At the end of 1970 it operated 7183 miles of road on 10669 miles of track; that year it reported 20557 million ton-miles of revenue freight and 118 million passenger-miles. (Those totals may or may not include the former Burlington-Rock Island Railroad.)

Its predecessor, the Rock Island and La Salle Railroad Company, was incorporated in Illinois on February 27, 1847, and an amended charter was approved on February 7, 1851, as the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad. Construction began October 1, 1851, in Chicago, and the first train was operated on October 10, 1852, between Chicago and Joliet. Construction continued on through La Salle, and Rock Island was reached on February 22, 1854, becoming the first railroad to connect Chicago with the Mississippi River.

In 1980 Rock Island was liquidated. The railroad's locomotives, rail cars, equipment, tracks, and real estate were sold to other railroads or to scrappers. William Gibbons (the trustee) was able to raise more than $500 million in the liquidation, paying off all the railroad's creditors, bondholders and all other debts in full at face value with interest. Henry Crown was ultimately proven correct, as both he and other bondholders who had purchased Rock Island debt for cents on the dollar during the low ebb in prices did especially well.

Read more on Wikipedia and Rock Island Technical Society.
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: Alain LM on 2018-01-12 14:18:44. Last edited by klausnahr on 2022-01-03 13:28:39

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