OK, who makes a better engine?

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by LocoIndy76, Jan 15, 2007.

  1. LocoIndy76

    LocoIndy76 Member

    Looking for a new Santa Fe or a BNSF engine.... Who makes the better engine?

    I like Athearn, Kato, or Atlas.... They all look REALLY nice, and each have feature I like.. I like the lit ditch lights on the Kato's.... Are any really better than the others? Any have more detail????
  2. Meiriongwril

    Meiriongwril Member

    I have experieince of Atlas and Kato engines and found both very reliable. Other good engines are Intermountain (mostly), and Precision craft. People have mixed feelings on LifeLike but their latest stuff isn't bad.
  3. jimk

    jimk New Member

    I have locos from all three manufacturers. They are all very good so I guess it's just a matter of which prototype model you want. Like you said, if you like the ditch lights, go with the Kato.
  4. Biased turkey

    Biased turkey Active Member

    I too would like to go with Kato, but the railroad I'm modeling ( TH&B ) used GP7 and SW9 and Kato ( as far as I know ) doesn't produce those 2 models.

    My GP7 is from Atlas.
    The SW9 and ( MoPac ) GP18 are from Life Like ( N scale Proto ).

    I'm satisfied with both of them.
    Atlas has a + because of the very very low speed possible to reach ( the SW9 is not a bad slow crawler either ).

    I really would like to buy a Kato but none of their models fits the TH&B.
  5. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    TOWER 55 Has LOTS of detail, they are not cheap though. They come with DCC and SOUND or you can get em' without SOUND and DCC for $40 cheaper but it almost is not worth it because it is only $40 for sound.

    The Explorer version comes DCC/DC and SOUND and is $299.99

    The Pioneer version comes with no DCC or SOUND and is $259.00

    I do not own any T55 lococs but I want some REALLY, REALLY, REALLY BADsign1 sign1 Of cource with DCC and SOUND

    T55 web site: www.tower55products.com

    Athearn, ATLAS, and KATO are all great locos to. I have some ATLAS and Athearn and I love them, nice details (if you get the genius series by Atheran and the Gold Series by ATLAS, they have more details)

    Either way, you really can't go wrong with the above MFR's

    P2K is another good one I have heard
  6. Meiriongwril

    Meiriongwril Member

    But ... err... Tower 55 is all HO scale. Isn't this the N/Z forum?
  7. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: OOPS, guess I shouldv'e looked before I rambled on:oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops:

    Sorry guys.

    I still like Athearn and ATLAS in N scale, I am in both scale lol
  8. Meiriongwril

    Meiriongwril Member

    Wish they would start a N Scale line , tho!!!
    Looks great stuff!
  9. 3railguy

    3railguy Member

    For F units, my choice would be Intermountain. They are better detailed than Kato and just as smooth running. The Katos however are probably more reliable and bullet proof.

    I like Kato best overall. The new mid production SD-40-2 has seen a few improvements over the older models. Love the ditch lights too.
  10. BMRR

    BMRR New Member

    I've got six ATLAS locos and one KATO, they all run great. :thumb:

  11. kf4jqd

    kf4jqd Active Member

    Well... My theory is like this. Opinions are like.....(can't continue!)sign1 I buy whatever is on sale! I like a good bargin!:thumb: :D I do like Atlas, Con-Cor, and even Life Like. I don't own any of the others.

    Here's my 2 cents worth. If you like what you see. Buy it!:wave:

  12. Biased turkey

    Biased turkey Active Member

    How about Model Power locomotives ? They make good structures ( the brewery for example ) but does anyone has an opinion about their N scale locomotives ?
  13. ejen34

    ejen34 Member

    I have found that some folks need to ask What makes a good power (locomotive) first? In order to indentify your power and option needs. From there you can pick between the above listed companies for your best price, options, etc...I happen to think all three companies listed are fine :thumb:
  14. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Well, with Atlas,Athearn and Kato you can't lose as IMHO those are the top 3 brands..
  15. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    I'm no expert, but isn't their reputation somewhat like Bachmann: poor diesels, but better steam?

    For BNSF, you'l probably want C44-9Ws, SD70MACs and SD40-2s, which means Kato all the way.
  16. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

    What he said. I have 2 of the Kato SD40-2's and 2 Atlas -8's in BNSF. Put decoders in them and all run great on the layout. Can't find them- they are so quiet. You can' go wrong with them.:)
  17. SeriousSam

    SeriousSam Member

    pretty much agree with everyone on this one. Katos have the best pulling power. Atlas locos seem a bit light. Athearns are almost as good as Katos but just a little louder...which really doesnt bother me because ive never seen a real locomotive that was quiet
  18. trainman4

    trainman4 Member

  19. Paradise275

    Paradise275 New Member

    Canadian Model Craft (old Life Like Canada) use a lot of Atlas product to make specific Canadian road names like TH&B. Their own brand TrueLine is also atlas that they commission the bodies and paint work for. They make a lot of TH&B stuff.

  20. LocoIndy76

    LocoIndy76 Member

    Thank you everyone for your replies. I want the Kato version, however I see it hasn't been manufactured for a while and EVRYONE seems to be Out of stock.. I may end up going with the Atlas version

    Thanks again

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