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it is a Rock Island 1282 but there is no model number or anything saying who made it. Does anyone know?
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Although there's a portion of an Athearn box shown in one photo, it isn't necessarily a giveaway.
My 2nd choice would be Atlas.
 

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Looking at a shell is not always the best way to determine a manufacturer. I like looking under the hood to see the style of motor used. Then I go to HO Seeker and see a similar parts diagram.

I find it hard to buy a used HO engine at a show. There are so many different makes. I usually know what brand I want to buy.

How about a shot under the hood. Athearn Link
 

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Looks like an older Athearn to me.......body is over-scale width, which they did back then to accommodate the fatter motors of the time..... plus the handrails and stanchions are classic old Athearn.....no doubt about it.....
 

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While the Athearn box in the photo has a label for a different model, the model is 100% also Athearn. It's their old "GP9" (which is actually a GP7, but Athearn sold it as a "GP9") with the old "fat" body (to fit larger motors of the time it was originally tooled. Someone cut away part of the skirting on the side to change that profile.
 
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