I picked up the new Life Like E-8 and, I've got to say, the Kato version
still wins hands down. The Life Like runs decently, but the dimensions
don't seem correct. The Kato is $20 more expensive, but the detail and
the running is significantly better. Where Life Like beats Kato is in
producing more paint schemes. The engine is not bad (I still think their
GP-18 is a winner); it's just not great.
I recently picked up the Kato Eurostar set, after having ridden the real
thing between London and Brussels. As you'd expect, the Kato is superb -
the paint scheme is perfect, the details are crisp and the train runs
beautifully. There are even red lights at the rear of the trainset,
depending on which direction it's going!
I model the Union Pacific and Amtrak, so what I'm doing with this train is
beyond me, but I love it!