Prototype Profile

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

Prototype Profile: Illinois Terminal GP38-2

September 13, 2021

Prototype Profile: Illinois Terminal GP38-2

Illinois Terminal owned one of the smallest fleets of EMD’s popular GP38-2.

Lima-Hamilton’s end-cab diesel switchers

July 26, 2021

Lima-Hamilton’s end-cab diesel switchers

Lima-Hamilton’s end-cab diesel switchers look familiar, but are uncommon prototypes. A new HO shell is coming for craftsman projects.

All About GEVOs with ScaleTrains.com

July 7, 2021

All About GEVOs with ScaleTrains.com

GE’s GEVO is today’s standard in North American railroading. ScaleTrains.com shares information on this prototype and plans a new production for HO scale.

All About Tunnel Motors

June 4, 2021

All About Tunnel Motors

ScaleTrains.com’s co-founder and the guy behind many of the great selections the company reproduces, Paul Ellis, talks Tunnel Motors. And discover the discounts available from the company for “Trains, Not Ties” promotion.

No Odd Dash 8-40Bs for New York, Susquehanna & Western

May 7, 2021

No Odd Dash 8-40Bs for New York, Susquehanna & Western

Atlas recently delivered HO-scale Master series Dash 8-40Bs in Susquehanna and there’s a group of N-scale versions announced for late 2021 delivery.

Erie Lackawanna SD45s

April 30, 2021

Erie Lackawanna SD45s

Erie Lackawanna bought SD45s, SDP45s, and SD45-2s from EMD. Here’s a look at the road’s SD45s.

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.