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N Scale - Life-Like - 7914 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD BL2 - Western Maryland - 82

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N Scale - Life-Like - 7914 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD BL2 - Western Maryland - 82


N Scale - Life-Like - 7914 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD BL2 - Western Maryland - 82


Stock Number 7914
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 Western Maryland (Details)
Reporting Marks WM
Road or Reporting Number 82
Paint Color(s) Black w. Yellow stripe
Print Color(s) Yellow
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: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Years Produced 1947-1949
Scale 1/160


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Specific Item Information: Speedlines

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
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Road Name History:
The Western Maryland Railway (reporting mark WM) was an American Class I railroad (1852-1983) which operated in Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. It was primarily a coal hauling and freight railroad, with a small passenger train operation.

The WM became a property of the Chessie System holding company in 1973, although it continued independent operations until May 1975 after which time many of its lines were abandoned in favor of parallel Baltimore and Ohio Railroad lines. In 1983 it was fully merged into the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, which later was also merged with the former Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad into the Chessie System, which is now renamed as CSX Transportation.

From 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.

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 14:20:54. Last edited by Alain LM on 2018-04-18 15:27:08

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