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N Scale - Life-Like - 7910 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD BL2 - Chesapeake & Ohio - 1847

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N Scale - Life-Like - 7910 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD BL2 - Chesapeake & Ohio - 1847


N Scale - Life-Like - 7910 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD BL2 - Chesapeake & Ohio - 1847


Stock Number 7910
Original Retail Price $35.00
Brand Life-Like
Manufacturer Life-Like
Body Style Life-Like Diesel Engine BL2
Prototype Locomotive, Diesel, EMD BL2 (Details)
Road or Company Name Chesapeake & Ohio (Details)
Reporting Marks C&O
Road or Reporting Number 1847
Paint Color(s) Blue, Yellow and White
Print Color(s) Blue and White
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Deep Flange
Body Material Plastic
DCC Readiness No
Release Date 1992-01-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype EMD
Model Variety BL2
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: 1939 - 1957
Years Produced 1947-1949
Scale 1/160


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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 Chesapeake and Ohio Railway (reporting marks C&O, CO) was a Class I railroad formed in 1869 in Virginia from several smaller Virginia railroads begun in the 19th century. Led by industrialist Collis P. Huntington, it reached from Virginia's capital city of Richmond to the Ohio River by 1873, where the railroad town (and later city) of Huntington, West Virginia was named for him.

Tapping the coal reserves of West Virginia, the C&O's Peninsula Extension to new coal piers on the harbor of Hampton Roads resulted in the creation of the new City of Newport News. Coal revenues also led the forging of a rail link to the Midwest, eventually reaching Columbus, Cincinnati and Toledo in Ohio and Chicago, Illinois.

By the early 1960s the C&O was headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. In 1972, under the leadership of Cyrus Eaton, it became part of the Chessie System, along with the Baltimore and Ohio and Western Maryland Railway. The Chessie System was later combined with the Seaboard Coast Line and Louisville and Nashville, both the primary components of the Family Lines System, to become a key portion of CSX Transportation (CSXT) in the 1980s. A substantial portion of Conrail was added in 1999.

C&O's passenger services ended in 1971 with the formation of Amtrak. Today Amtrak's tri-weekly Cardinal passenger train follows the historic and scenic route of the C&O through the New River Gorge in one of the more rugged sections of the Mountain State. The rails of the former C&O also continue to transport intermodal and freight traffic, as well as West Virginia bituminous coal east to Hampton Roads and west to the Great Lakes as part of CSXT, a Fortune 500 company which was one of seven Class I railroads operating in North America at the beginning of the 21st century.

At the end of 1970 C&O operated 5067 miles of road on 10219 miles of track, not including WM or B&O and its subsidiaries.

Read more on Wikipedia.

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: Alain LM on 2018-01-12 14:12:07. Last edited by Alain LM on 2018-04-18 15:27:08

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