Your Favorite HO Scale Manufacturer?

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Tuned MP5T, Nov 5, 2004.


Your Favorite HO Scale Manufacturer?

  1. Athearn

  2. Atlas

  3. Bachmann

  4. Concor

    0 vote(s)
  5. Kato

  6. LifeLike

  7. Lionel

    0 vote(s)
  8. Marklin

    0 vote(s)
  9. Other

  1. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

    yeah i have one of those to
  2. IAIS 604

    IAIS 604 Member

    Atlas - superb locos and rolling stock!

    'Couse, I also have and like Kato, LL (now Walthers) P2K, Stewart, Athearn, and even Bachmann (who makes a superb 2-8-0), and for rolling stock add Kadee, Intermountain, and Red Caboose!
  3. jr switch

    jr switch Member

    Iv'e got six Spectrum steam, two IHC steam, BL diesel and Mantua/model power steam. I would like to get one of Broadway Limited's steam engines, or possibly one from Athearn or Atlas, but I just don't have $200 to over $400 to spend on one engine. Haven't shopped ebay, but Iv'e been paying in the $45.00 to $70.00 range for new Spectrums, the Mantua was just a little over $100.00. Plus, correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems that Athearn and Atlas do not offer as many choices and models as Backmann.
    Is there a web site that I'm not aware of that offers 4-8-4's, 2-10-2's, Decopods, 2-8-0's, Ten Wheelers from Athearn or Atlas, in the $50.00 to $150.00 range? I just keep finding what I'm looking for with Spectrum, so I'll have to give them my vote. Mine run well, look good, pull decently, good detail and great warranty. I'm having fun with all of them.
  4. IAIS 604

    IAIS 604 Member

    Er ... Atlas does not make steam in HO, so the others DO offer more choices !!!
  5. jr switch

    jr switch Member

    Good morning George,--- I didn't know that Atlas doesn't do steam engines, still a lot to learn when your still pretty new to the hobby. I only have two diesels at present, so most of my experience has been with the steam.
    On a deal like this poll, I try not to make too heavy of a statement because I need to be sure I know what I'm talking about first. I'm in my mid 60's, built several complex RC scale boats, had a decent gun collection, collected exotic imported knives for awhile, but I got to tell you, nothing has ever captured my imagination and interest like these trains. They are pretty cool!
  6. Seaboard

    Seaboard Member

    I like usin Athearn trains because there reliable and they have a little more detail. I also like them because you can find them at just about any LHS:thumb: . I do however like LifeLike's Proto2000 stuff to, but I have to get it off the Net.
  7. Way to forget Walthers.

    And Rivarossi, because although they're out of business they have some of the most beautiful stuff ever.

    I voted Athearn because that's the only one ON THERE that I own anything of!
  8. CNWman

    CNWman CNW Fan


    Walthers bought Life-Like some time ago I think
  9. That's not the same...

    Walthers is a company in its own right...
  10. IAIS 604

    IAIS 604 Member

    Walthers did buy the "Life-Like" name along with the Proto (P1K, P2K) train line and other toy products made by the old LL.

    However, it seems that they have stopped using the "Life-Like" name with the high end
    P1K, P2K train line - the current flyer reads "New Products from Walthers" followed by P2K steamers and diesels.

    The flyer and their web site still shows "Life-Like Racing" and "Life-Like from Walthers" train sets, but IMHO, Spawn is right - Walthers the name one should now use for the high end P1K & P2K products.

    Besides, their older train line had some good runners in it (the F40PH, for example), so "Walthers" should have been included in the list even if LL was still around!
  11. ESE999

    ESE999 Member

    I grew up with Life-Like. I Loved their trains and they work very well. I've never had to take a life-like locomotive back to the store. Bachmann would be my last choice. I've never bought a Bachmann locomotive that I didn't have to return to the store. They're just too fragile.
    Lionel's making HO again? Maybe they'll learn from their mistakes.
  12. And I'd like to rephrase something I said before.


    Yeah, you heard me!

    And the first three locomotives they released?

    A 2-10-2, a 2-6-6-6, and THE BIG BOY! Eat that.
  13. darkcurves

    darkcurves Member

    Wow, cant believe Kato is forth most fav. What is it about Athearn that's appealing to Gauge members? Price, quality? (never had a Athearn loco before)
  14. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

    Kato isn't that great, i mostly have to complain about their headlights, and that they are louder than i thought.

    Athearn is cheap, but its versatile, rugged, and can be modified into just about anything easily. if you want a kato-eque locomotive, you can easily customize an athearn to match these standards. if you just want the train, there it is, for cheaper than ususual.
  15. darkcurves

    darkcurves Member

    Interesting, in N scale world it's opposite. Well i guess i have to get an Athearn loco to give it a try.
  16. Kanawha

    Kanawha Member

    What type of BLI steamer did you order? I ordered a Heavy Mikado from Trainworld. They said it would arrive in 30-60 days. :rolleyes: Is yours on backorder too?
  17. myltlpny

    myltlpny Member

    I have to say, I just love the Life-Like proto 2000 engines. IMHO they are every bit as good as brass at a fraction of the cost.
    That said, the new Athearn Genesis loco's aren't bad at all.:)
  18. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

    yeah i'm upset that i didn't grab a p2k GP38 when i could have. I have one p2k, a UP SD7 that will never die, ever, lol.
  19. pgandw

    pgandw Active Member

    I'd really like to see some new-tooling steam engine kit production, preferably from the turn of the century.

    With the demise of Hobbytown of Boston, ne Bear Locomotive Works, Bowser is the last mainstream kit manufacturer standing. And they do make excellent locomotives.
  20. hd8091

    hd8091 Member

    For Steam I favor the P2K's. For Ditzels it is a tossup between Stewart, or Intermountian .

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