Life-Like Proto 2000 Series

Life-Like Proto 2000 Series

Post by Crai » Mon, 25 Jan 1999 04:00:00



Just bought one of these, E8/9 locomotive at a train show, NIB
It really runs nice, smooth, quiet.
Are all of these Proto 2000 series like this? I paid $45 for it. I am
told they go for twice that much. Not that I want to sell it, I like
it too much.
Any comments or advice?
Thanks,
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Post by GP30SI » Mon, 25 Jan 1999 04:00:00


I assume this is your first p2000.  Welcome they are a godsend.  they run great
especially the E8s.  I got a couple for $40 each, but 45 is also a really good
price.  They have a real good flywheel, so take that into account when having
them make realistic stops at stations.  the whole proto 2000 line is great.  i
also have a couple of gp9s and gp20s and they all run fine.  someone said they
are going to release gp30 which you can tell by my screen name I eagerly
anticipate.

 
 
 

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Post by LARRY0 » Mon, 25 Jan 1999 04:00:00


Quote:
>I paid $45 for it. I am
>told they go for twice that much.

They retail for $85.00
 
 
 

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Post by TOM » Mon, 25 Jan 1999 04:00:00


Standard Hobby Supply lists them for $49.99. Add shipping and handling.

I'd say you got a great deal!

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Quote:

> Just bought one of these, E8/9 locomotive at a train show, NIB
> It really runs nice, smooth, quiet.
> Are all of these Proto 2000 series like this? I paid $45 for it. I am
> told they go for twice that much. Not that I want to sell it, I like
> it too much.
> Any comments or advice?
> Thanks,
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Post by Arnold 2 » Tue, 26 Jan 1999 04:00:00


Craig,
Sounds like your hooked. Well that's what we have this support group. I own
several E-8's, but the E-7's, PA's,GP20's,GP9's and GP7's are all winners too.
Look for a release of GP30's soon and since the frame size is the same watch
for a GP35 to follow.
I wish Life Like would slow down, I am going to have to rob a bank if they
don't pumping out this stuff so quick.

Scott Arnold

 
 
 

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Post by GP30SI » Tue, 26 Jan 1999 04:00:00


know what you're saying.  Haven't even finished painting & decaling my GP 20s &
they're going to do GP30.  Glad to hear (read) this b/c I had been told that by
someone on line "in the business" but had seen no other reference to it.  Now
when is Life Like going to update their web page?  Last time I looked last week
it was last updated in August.
 
 
 

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Post by LARRY0 » Tue, 26 Jan 1999 04:00:00


Quote:
> Last time I looked last week
>it was last updated in August.

Just looked a minute ago, It was updated 23rd of Dec. 98

Larry, from Pinole

 
 
 

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Post by PeterH53 » Tue, 26 Jan 1999 04:00:00


Just bought one of these, E8/9 locomotive at a train show, NIB. It really runs
nice, smooth, quiet. Are all of these Proto 2000 series like this?

Generally, but all P2Ks can stand having the lubrication removed and replaced
with a good lube, such as LaBelle.

Disassembly of the E-unit power truck is a real ***.

The others are really adapted from an Athearn design, so they're pretty easy.

I paid $45 for it. I am told they go for twice that much.

P2Ks are priced very aggressively. $45 is not a low price for an E8/9.

E8/9s have been advertised on close-outs for $29.95, SWs for $26.95 and GP18s
for $19.95. BL2s were ... uh, the less said about the BL2, the better.

E6s, GP9s, GP20s and GP7s, being the latest releases, are significantly higher,
and I haven't observed any super-low close-outs on these ... yet.

 
 
 

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Post by Andy Harm » Tue, 26 Jan 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

>Are all of these Proto 2000 series like this? I paid $45 for it. I am
>told they go for twice that much. Not that I want to sell it, I like
>it too much.

Actually most are better.

Proto 2000 Line:

BL2
FA2/FB2
GP18
E8A
SD7
SD9
SW9/SW1200
E7A/E7B
PA1/PB1
GP20
GP9 ph III
GP7 ph II
GP30 ph II (March)
E6 (April??)

The P2K line has been a steady upward curve with each model for the
most part being better than the ones before.  The E8 is fairly old in
those terms (released in early '94).  If you like the E8, you will
like the other stuff even better.

Andy

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Post by Mark Math » Tue, 26 Jan 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

>Generally, but all P2Ks can stand having the lubrication removed and replaced
>with a good lube, such as LaBelle.

Are you saying the lubrication on Life-Like's Proto 2000's aren't good, or are
you saying that the models can withstand having their lubrication changed with
no bad effects?
 
 
 

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Post by Robi » Tue, 26 Jan 1999 04:00:00



Quote:
>know what you're saying.  Haven't even finished painting & decaling my GP 20s &
>they're going to do GP30.  Glad to hear (read) this b/c I had been told that by
>someone on line "in the business" but had seen no other reference to it.  Now
>when is Life Like going to update their web page?  Last time I looked last week
>it was last updated in August.

It was updated not long ago. I had the same problem with my bookmark,
type only www.lifelikeproducts.com without the mainpage name .htm It
will bring you to the new page.

Robin

 
 
 

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Post by PeterH53 » Tue, 26 Jan 1999 04:00:00


Are you saying the lubrication on Life-Like's Proto 2000's aren't good, or are
you saying that the models can withstand having their lubrication changed with
no bad effects?

As factory-built models go, the P2Ks are pretty good.

LL seems to use better lubrication than, say, Model Power or Walthers.

My preference is to completely "tune" every locomotive. This process involves
removeal of all lube, cleaning and de-flashing all gearboxes and gears, and
reassembly with lubrication suited to the purpose:

1) oil for shafts and oilite bearings,

2) grease for spur and worm gears, and

3) grease for the thrust surfaces of the gears.

As far as I can tell, LL and others do not provide any lubrication on the
thrust surfaces (ends) of gears.

It's a minor point as Delrin is supposed to be self-lubricating, but I've
observed that even Delrin gears benefit from careful lubrication, specifically
chosen for the purpose.

 
 
 

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Post by David Thus » Tue, 26 Jan 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> know what you're saying.  Haven't even finished painting & decaling my GP 20s &
> they're going to do GP30.

I'm kinda glad Life-Like didn't do Pennsy or Reading in this first run of the
GP-30.  It'll give my wallet a chance to recuperate.  8^)

--
Dave

 It's all an illusion!    (Henning)

 
 
 

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Post by Alan Gilchris » Tue, 26 Jan 1999 04:00:00



saying something about Life-Like Proto 2000 Series...

Quote:
>Just bought one of these, E8/9 locomotive at a train show, NIB
>It really runs nice, smooth, quiet.
>Are all of these Proto 2000 series like this? I paid $45 for it. I am
>told they go for twice that much. Not that I want to sell it, I like

  The Life-Like P2K series included BL-2, FA-2, GP-7, GP- 9, GP- 18, GP- 20,
SW1200, SD-7, and E-7/8/9 models.

  They were all fine running engines.

  Alan (remove ".NSPM" before replying via EMail)
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Post by Tom Hefne » Tue, 26 Jan 1999 04:00:00


The E8/9 was the first of the Proto 2000 engines to really attract my
attention.  Not only was the price acceptable,  I think I paid around 55.00
on an advance order at one of the local hobby shops at the time.  Since
then, I have seen them at shows for varying prices, but yours was on the
lower end.

Best deal that I ever got was a SD-9 for $25.00.  My guess it was a special
deal they got from LL on the last of that first run.  I have been kicking
myself since then for not getting two.  I finally got the second one but for
a lot more.

In both cases the smooth running and the pulling power has been impressive.
One E-8 pulled 75 weighted cars without really showing any sign of slowing.
Hard to tell how much both together would haul.  The SD-9 handled over 50
cars at another show again without any stalling.

Add to that the level of detail on the newest releases, particularly the
GP-7.  I agree, I may end up in the poor-house if they keep issuing these
things in my road.

Tom Hefner
Greenbrier Valley & Potomac RR

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>Just bought one of these, E8/9 locomotive at a train show, NIB
>It really runs nice, smooth, quiet.
>Are all of these Proto 2000 series like this? I paid $45 for it. I am
>told they go for twice that much. Not that I want to sell it, I like
>it too much.
>Any comments or advice?
>Thanks,
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