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N Scale - Life-Like - S785A - Open Hopper, 2-Bay PS-3 - Peabody Short Line - 6631

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N Scale - Life-Like - S785A - Open Hopper, 2-Bay PS-3 - Peabody Short Line - 6631


N Scale - Life-Like - S785A - Open Hopper, 2-Bay PS-3 - Peabody Short Line - 6631


Brand Life-Like
Stock Number S785A
Manufacturer Mehano
Body Style Mehano Open Hopper 2-Bay PS-3
Road or Company Name Peabody Short Line (Details)
Additional Markings/Slogan The Coal Route
Reporting Marks PSL
Road or Reporting Number 6631
Paint Color(s) Yellow
Print Color(s) Green
Body Construction Plastic
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Deep Flange
Item Category Rolling Stock
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 40 Foot
Model Variety Steel
Prototype Open Hopper, 2-Bay PS-3
Region North America
Era/Epoch Era II: 1901 - 1938


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Body Style Information: This model is a Mehano knockoff of the Atlas "First Generation" car (as made by Roco). It was first produced in the late 1960s and has since been imported by MRC, Model Power, AHM/IHC, and Life-Like. It models a PS-3 2-Bay open hopper with peaked ends.

Road/Company Information:
The interurban line E. St. Louis & Suburban Railway was abandoned in 1932. One of its subsidiaries was the St. Louis & Belleville Electric Railway which survived and was dieselized in 1949. Peabody Coal Company acquired the StL&BE in 1956 from the Union Electric Company of St. Louis. It renamed it Peabody Short Line in December of 1958. The Illinois Central Railroad acquired stock control in 1960, and merged it in August of 1961. Most of the line, from the River King Mine #1 to a connection with the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis at E. St. Louis, duplicated the IC’s Du Quoin to E. St. Louis line. Consequently most of the original line was abandoned, except for a short piece near the mine. The rest has since been abandoned.


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.

Manufacturer Information:
Mehano is a Slovenian toy manufacturer located in Izola, Slovenija. The company was founded as Mehanotehnika and was producing toys starting in June 1953. They first exhibited at the Nuerenberg Toy Fair in 1959. Mehano produced a number of different locomotives and rolling stock models for the North American market in the 1960s and 1970s. Companies such as Atlas and Life-Like imported a huge variety of their products. Generally they can easily be recognized as they are stamped "Yugosolavia" on the underframe. The company was formally renamed "Mehano" in 1990. Izola today is part of the country of Slovenia since the breakup of Yugoslavia.


Item created by: Alain LM on 2017-12-02 11:38:05. Last edited by Alain LM on 2017-12-02 12:40:27

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