need to buy a switcher

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by justind, Feb 21, 2002.

  1. justind

    justind Member

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    Hello all,
    I am going to buy a switcher and I am looking for suggestions. The choices are:

    Atlas S-1, S-2, S-3 or S-4 for $39.99
    Life like EMD SW9/1200 for $39.99

    Which would you suggest, which one would perform the best overall?

    And can anyone tell me what these roadnames are:
    FEC
    NKP
    N&W
    C&H
    EL
    IC
    MP
    WAB
  2. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

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    You model in HO, right? If you were in N, the I think the choice of the Life-Like SW9/1200 would be a no-brainer. If their HO version is as good, then I'd recommend it. But I'm not familiar with the performance and quality of the others.

    FEC - Florida East Coast - The railroad that had that line to the Florida Keys.
    NKP - Nickel Plate Road (aka, New York, Chicago and St. Louis)
    N&W - Norfolk and Western
    C&H - I dunno...
    EL - Erie-Lackawanna? Maybe...
    IC - Illinois Central
    MP - Missouri Pacific (aka, MOPAC)
    WAB - Wabash

    Here's another interesting site I found the other day. It lists just about every abbreviation you can think of!

    www.stands4.com

    -Rory
  3. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

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    LifeLike, if it isn't Proto 1000, or Proto 2000, it probably isn't worth messing with. The basic Life Like product doesn't run that well.
  4. justind

    justind Member

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    I assumed from the look of the unit that it must be at least Proto 1000, but because they didn't specify, I couldn't tell for sure. Ultimately I decided to go with the Atlas S-3 unit. It looked a little beefier and a little older and I thought it would fit my time period better. It may be that the SW9/1200 is an older unit, but then I am not very prototypical. I ordered it through Hobby Circle for $39 which I felt was a good price. I noticed that used ones on Ebay usually creep that high in price, especially the SW9's. We'll see when it get's here. :)
  5. Catt

    Catt Guest

    If it is a SW9/12 it is indeed a Proto 2000.It's the only SW unit LifeLike makes.
  6. IMRL393

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    ... until later this year - they are coming out with a P2K SW8 !


    Justind -

    I have both the P2K RI SW9 and the Atlas S1. Both are fine locos!
    You should be happy with your Atlas.

    - George