Favorite N Scale Manufacturer

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Tuned MP5T, Oct 21, 2004.


Favorite Manufacturer

  1. Atlas

    23 vote(s)
  2. Bachmann

    7 vote(s)
  3. Kato

    30 vote(s)
  4. Life-Like

    1 vote(s)
  5. Micro Train

    8 vote(s)
  6. Other

    5 vote(s)
  1. Livesteam

    Livesteam Member

    What makes them better? do the company's use a diffrent motor?
  2. uacturbo

    uacturbo New Member

    Biggest surprise so far is that anyone voted for Bachmann. Cheap crap.

    Maybe that Bach-mann (or is it Bach-man?) dude is being paid OT to add votes to the poll!

  3. Livesteam

    Livesteam Member

    i only see 9 that voted and just because you dont like it doesnt mean every one hates it,This is not like racing where you have to have the best, its a fun hobby, i think all companys are good in there own way. :)
  4. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Early Atlas and Con-Cor, without their contributions in the late 60s and early 70s, I don't know that N scale would be as popular as it is today.


    Atlas 0-8-0 circa 1972


    Con-Cor Y6b circa 1976, though MRC came out with the originals in 1970, only 4 years after the scale was first introduced to the marketplace. Con-Cor bought out the molds and retooled and re-engineered these with the aid of Rivarossi.

    All the latest engines are great and run like fine watches but offerings like these kept folks trying out that corn fangled new scale.
  5. darkcurves

    darkcurves Member

    Voted for Kato, love their stuff!
  6. lucakiki

    lucakiki Member

    I like the old European school: Minitrix, Fleischmann, Arnold.
  7. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member

    Having grown up...

    ...from 2 Postage Stamp sets...I decline to vote. There's too much out there.

    All N Scale manufactures are my favorites. Geez, what- I need to make one more voted for than the other? Where's Blair Line, J-N-J, Gold Medal, and every other company that contributes to our satisfaction as N Scalers?


    PS- Thanks for the pics shaygetz.
  8. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    You're welcome, Mark. I've slowed down my modeling a good bit, just enjoying the archiving of the good old daze of modeling on a very small scale with my trains. Reaping the benefits of all this new fangled technology that puts my favorites in the junk bins for next to nothing.:thumb:
  9. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Depends what you are rating...

    Track: Atlas

    DC Power supplies: MRC

    DCC Systems: MRC

    Passenger Cars: Athearn (only guys making cars circa 1890).

    Locomotives: I have
    3 Bachmann 4-4-0 not the best
    1 Model Power 4-4-0 good runner, pulls prototypically (3-4 cars)
    1 Atlas Deisel (gift from Robin Matthysen) runs great at all speeds.
    1 Kato Deisel (GP38 gift from my Uncle, before he knew I was steam only) use it to test tracks, however it runs like crap and cuts out more than it runs. Gave it to local club, sits in their roundhouse diorama with another bad Kato.

    a friend has the Atlas 2-6-0, runs so great it is on my list.
    also club has a Bachmann Spectrum 2-8-0 best steamer I have ever seen running..

    If we are talking people, Woodland Scenics hands down.
    If we are talking scenery... Woodland Scenics again, for some, but mostly what I sell in my shop or the local Dollar Store. Or mother nature herself.

    So, what are we voting on?
  10. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Actually Kevin, our club has the Bachmann Spectrum 2-8-0 N Scale. It is one of 15 locomotives in the roster.

    It is the best N Scale locomotive they have, runs smooth either slow or fast, pulls 20+ cars around the level layout. Also looks great doing it. The club has only 2 Katos and they spend more time sitting in the roundhouse on the layout becuase they are poorer runners than the Atlas and Minitrix we have.
  11. darkcurves

    darkcurves Member

    I cant believe the Kato's run the worse. They must be made in 80's or early 90's.
  12. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Actually Dark curves, they are about 4-5 years old.
    It is the Minitrix stuff that is over 10-12 years old and they run great.
  13. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Active Member

    I agree - no Athearn, either.

    My personal favorite is the one that happens to make the item that I am currently looking for. :cool:
  14. Biased turkey

    Biased turkey Active Member

    I voted Atlas for the engines
    Microtrains is an excellent rolling stock ( boxcars ) manufacturer.
    Life-Like make good engines ( Be sure to get the ProtoN one )

    For the Canadian fans ( CP , CR, TH&B ) PWRS ( Pacific Western Rail System, why did they choose such a long name ) has some special run .
  15. Trainiac77

    Trainiac77 Member

    There's really no way to have a number 1 for me, but my favorites would be:
    Kato, Atlas, and Heritage engines
    Kato Unitrack
    Athearn, Atlas, Micro trains Rolling stock

    I have 2 Bachmann 2-6-6-2 and they are very loud and choppy running at best. The first time I put one on the track and power it, all the running gear fell off on the right side, Bachmann did replace it though.
  16. Dan Vincent

    Dan Vincent Member

    I like Kato, Atlas, Lifelike and also my FT Erie Diesels from Inter Mountain.
  17. Boilerman

    Boilerman Member

    I do not have a favorite manufacturer because there is not one that furnishes all the locos, cars, buildings and things that fit the time frame I choose to model, so from my stand point they all are special in one way or another, the same goes for the places that I buy from, I do not buy from just one outlet.
  18. admont

    admont New Member

    Atlas makes some nice stuff.
  19. Hoghead

    Hoghead Member

    Actually I have 3 favorites. Kato and Atlas for engines and MTL for cars.
  20. babbo_enzo

    babbo_enzo New Member

    Well, my favorite is.... (will be?) :
    the first who manufacture a 0-6-0 steam switcher that run well and smooth!

    In the meantime... IM have done a good job on his AC-12.

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