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My wife found this set at a garage sale (and another N-scale one) and brought it home to surprise me. It only included the cars and the loco. She paid $10 for both. I found a pic of the set in the box using Google. I have all of the cars displayed in the set. I plan to keep and use this set since it runs like new and is perfectly quite and smooth. The loco has 12 wheel drive (SD-40 I think). I do have the following questions: 1. Who made this? It say made in Slovenia By IIEHANO on the loco. I have never heard of them. 2: The road number is 2001, is that also when it was made? 3: What was the origional selling price? 4: Has anyone seen this before? Attached are links to the pictures of it and the picture of the box I found using Google.
 

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I just found 2 of sets of them on e-bay.search under model trains. for
eckerd. one said they were made by IHC.they were listed under HO scale.there were also a few loose car also for sale.

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The loco looks more like an SD40-2 (EMD).
Just a thought since there are three vents at the rear on top one in the middle being smaller and having two vents above the dynamic brake and the long nose.
 

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That would be an SD40-2 as BC pointed out. Mehano is the manufacturer, they did a lot of work for IHC. 2001 is the year of issue though I couldn't tell you the price. I can tell you that a sawbuck for that set is a pretty good deal:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
 

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Ya, I knew it was a sd40-2.

This may be a little random but.
I dont like it when model maunfacturers put unrealistic roadnumbers on their engines and rollingstock. Especially with Lionel and the T-#####. It just doesn't look rite.
 

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Know what you mean, BC, it doesn't take that much work to fake it.

That's what makes this Bachmann GP38 so cool. For a super cheap trainset loc, it is the correct road number and unit for Conrail...how cool is that?:thumbsup:

 

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That is a Bachmann? It looks just like my Life-Like GP38.



Yes, roadnumbers are important to me and have to be reallistic as posible, unfortunatly this one is not perfect. This is actaully suppose to be a MLW M-630 not a GP38. But it's bcrail and they are hard to find.
 

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I just found 2 of sets of them on e-bay.search under model trains. for
eckerd. one said they were made by IHC.they were listed under HO scale.there were also a few loose car also for sale.

Ron
Now knowing the manufacturer what is the possibility that is I find a different shell for the same model loco on EBay they will be interchangeable? I am impresses with how well this loco runs for a cheep one. I can even make it creep, it runs silent and is very smooth. I would like to keep the current shell just because I have the full set of cars.
 

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Trial and error. I have worked with a few HO switchers. Their shells were very much alike but not exact. I would guess with some cut and epoxy something should work. This is a common question but a vast unknown.
 

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My GP38 is new, old stock never run. I haven't even used it myself yet. Just bought it from ebay with a Lima as well.

It looks good in the photo but close up there is some un even painting.
 
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