Prototype Protofile

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

Reading’s Five EMD GP40-2s

August 20, 2020

Reading’s Five EMD GP40-2s

Reading’s Five GP40-2s were among the last new power for the railroad, and the subject of an Athearn Genesis HO-scale model.

86-foot High-Cube Boxcars

August 6, 2020

86-foot High-Cube Boxcars

The development of 86-foot high-cube boxcars was a joint venture between several U.S. railroads and freight car builder American Car & Foundry.

Prototype Profile: EMD FP7 Diesels

February 16, 2018

Prototype Profile: EMD FP7 Diesels

During the years General Motors’ Electro-Motive Division (EMD) produced F-units (1939–1960), the diesel builder and its Canadian counterpart General Motors Diesel (GMD), sold approximately 4,700 examples of the iconic streamlined locomotives.