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N Scale - Life-Like - 7094 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD GP20 - Southern Pacific - 4058

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N Scale - Life-Like - 7094 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD GP20 - Southern Pacific - 4058 Original couplers replaced by knuckle couplers


N Scale - Life-Like - 7094 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD GP20 - Southern Pacific - 4058


Brand Life-Like
Stock Number 7094
Original Retail Price $47.00
Manufacturer Life-Like
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Life-Like Diesel Engine GP20
Prototype Type Locomotive, Diesel, EMD GP20 (Details)
Road or Company Name Southern Pacific (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 4058
Paint Color(s) Gray w. Red ends
Print Color(s) White
Paint Scheme Roman Lettering
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Coupler Mount Body-Mount
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
DCC Readiness No
Release Date 1998-01-01
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



Model Information: Released in 1998, 2004 (revised version with Accumate couplers), and 2011 (DCC-Ready version, with MTL couplers)
This 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;
  • Accumate Knuckle Couplers;
  • 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.

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
Read more on American-Rails.com

Road Name History:
The Southern Pacific Transportation Company (reporting mark SP), earlier Southern Pacific Railroad and Southern Pacific Company, and usually called the Southern Pacific or (from the railroad's initials) Espee, was an American Class I railroad. It was absorbed in 1988 by the company that controlled the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad and eight years later became part of the Union Pacific Railroad.

The railroad was founded as a land holding company in 1865, later acquiring the Central Pacific Railroad by lease. By 1900 the Southern Pacific Company was a major railroad system incorporating many smaller companies, such as the Texas and New Orleans Railroad and Morgan's Louisiana and Texas Railroad. It extended from New Orleans through Texas to El Paso, across New Mexico and through Tucson, to Los Angeles, through most of California, including San Francisco and Sacramento. Central Pacific lines extended east across Nevada to Ogden, Utah, and reached north through Oregon to Portland. Other subsidiaries eventually included the St. Louis Southwestern Railway (Cotton Belt), the Northwestern Pacific Railroad at 328 miles (528 km), the 1,331 miles (2,142 km) Southern Pacific Railroad of Mexico, and a variety of 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge routes.

In 1929 SP/T&NO operated 13848 route-miles not including Cotton Belt, whose purchase of the Golden State Route circa 1980 nearly doubled its size to 3,085 miles (4,965 km), bringing total SP/SSW mileage to around 13,508 miles (21,739 km).

By the 1980s route mileage had dropped to 10,423 miles (16,774 km), mainly due to the pruning of branch lines. In 1988 the Southern Pacific was taken over by D&RGW parent Rio Grande Industries. The combined railroad kept the Southern Pacific name due to its brand recognition in the railroad industry and with customers of both constituent railroads. Along with the addition of the SPCSL Corporation route from Chicago to St. Louis, the total length of the D&RGW/SP/SSW system was 15,959 miles (25,684 km).

By 1996 years of financial problems had dropped SP's mileage to 13,715 miles (22,072 km), and it was taken over by the Union Pacific Railroad.

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.

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 2018-11-15 14:42:56. Last edited by Alain LM on 2020-10-10 16:01:10

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