Prototype Protofile

Learn the in-depth history of the actual real-world prototype trains that inspired your favorite scale models.

Delaware & Hudson’s U30Cs

March 16, 2021

Delaware & Hudson’s U30Cs

Delaware & Hudson purchased two rounds of U30C diesel locomotives from General Electric with variations across the collection.

Prototype Profile: Amtrak’s Inter-American

January 31, 2021

Prototype Profile: Amtrak’s Inter-American

One of Amtrak’s lesser known and remembered Texas trains was “The Inter-American” operated in the mid-1970s to early 1980s.

Athearn HO-scale SD40T-2s for early 2022 delivery

January 29, 2021

Athearn HO-scale SD40T-2s for early 2022 delivery

Athearn will have a new production of Ready To Roll HO-scale SD40T-2 Tunnel Motors in early 2022.

Prototype Profile: EMD SD80MAC

January 15, 2021

Prototype Profile: EMD SD80MAC

An early 2021 delivery from Athearn brings a run of SD80MAC diesel locomotives in several road names.

Prototype Profile: Espee’s 100-plus C44-9Ws

January 5, 2021

Prototype Profile: Espee’s 100-plus C44-9Ws

Among Southern Pacific’s last locomotive purchases was a group of 101 General Electric C44-9Ws.

Prototype Profile: EMD’s Elegant E8

December 25, 2020

Prototype Profile: EMD’s Elegant E8

After several early efforts EMD’s E-unit series came into wide-spread use with models like the E8 in the 1950s.

Prototype Profile: Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo Diesels

December 7, 2020

Prototype Profile: Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo Diesels

Among Athearn November 2020 announcements are all three GP7s owned by Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo. This small Canadian railroad makes for an interesting road to model.

Canadian National and Norfolk Southern SD70ACU

November 9, 2020

Canadian National and Norfolk Southern SD70ACU

The SD70ACU is a rebuilt six-axle diesel locomotive that utilizes SD90MAC cores.

Rio Grande’s Famous 5771

October 5, 2020

Rio Grande’s Famous 5771

Rio Grande’s 5771 may be the photographed F-unit of all time.

Four EMD GP38-2s for Illinois Terminal

September 24, 2020

Four EMD GP38-2s for Illinois Terminal

Illinois Terminal added four EMD GP38-2s to its roster in the late 1970s and Athearn included them in a Genesis-series production of HO-scale models.