Prototype Protofile

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

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.

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.