Do Demo units exist for N Scale?

caxu Oct 18, 2017

  1. caxu

    caxu TrainBoard Member

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    Just a quick question as I'm researching my options.

    I noticed that HO has quite a number of Demo units but so far in N scale the only thing I've been able to find is an Atlas Electro-Motive.

    Am I missing some?
     
  2. wcfn100

    wcfn100 TrainBoard Member

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    Micro-Trains did their FT in the Demo paint.

    Jason
     
  3. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

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    I think Atlas did the FM Trainmaster in demonstrator colors in the second release and the Alco C-628 too.
     
  4. Charlie Vlk

    Charlie Vlk TrainBoard Member

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    The E-R Baldwin Sharknoses were done in BLW Demo colors.
    Also the Life-Like FA-2 in ALCO green demo (later sold to the C&NW).
    BLI just released the AC6000 in two demo schemes and I think Fox Valley had GE-something modern in demo as well.
    Charlie Vlk
     
  5. Point353

    Point353 TrainBoard Member

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    Atlas C-628 Alco demo

    Atlas Dash 8-40C GE demo

    Atlas RS-11 Alco demo

    Atlas SD-60 EMD demo

    BLI Centipede Baldwin demo

    Intermountain FT Electro-Motive demo

    Kato ES44AC GE demo

    Like-Like GP-20 GM/Electro-Motive demo

    Like-Like PA/PB Alco-GE demo
     
  6. Hansel

    Hansel TrainBoard Member

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    I have an Atlas GP-7 EMD demo loco.
     
  7. J Starbuck

    J Starbuck TrainBoard Member

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    LifeLike did their SD7, SW8 snd I believe the earlier SW9 in demonstrator paint.
     
  8. caxu

    caxu TrainBoard Member

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    I have to say that is more than I thought.

    Taking DCC/Sound/Smoke out of the equation who made the highest quality most well made Demo units in N scale?
     
  9. Point353

    Point353 TrainBoard Member

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    One vote for the Kato GE ES44AC.
     
  10. Ryan Wilkerson

    Ryan Wilkerson TrainBoard Member

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    Life-Like did the EMD GP60 demo.
     
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  11. Larry E Shankles

    Larry E Shankles TrainBoard Member

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    Atlas/Roco did a foobie demonstrator about 40 years ago, they painted their FA1 in the scheme used on an FA2
     
  12. jtomstarr

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    I have a N-SCALE LIFE LIKE SD7 / 9 in EMD Demo colors and a few other locos in demo colors.

    Tom
     
  13. J Starbuck

    J Starbuck TrainBoard Member

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    I think LifeLike also did E8s and Kato did an SD40-2 a long time ago.

    Funny you should mention it. Two of my first engines were Atlas SD45 demos. That was 46 years ago.
    I still have them.
     
  14. jtomstarr

    jtomstarr TrainBoard Member

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    I forgot that I have a ATLAS / mehano made EMD SD45 in demo colors.

    Tom
     
  15. Keith

    Keith TrainBoard Supporter

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    I’ve got:

    Micro Trains - FT ABBA demo set. Didn’t Intermountain also do the Demo set?
    Atlas - Trainmaster
    Atlas - SD60 - Think I do yet! Or it’s the Oakway Lease unit I’m thinking of!
    LifeLike - SD7/9
    LifeLike - GP60
     
  16. Ike the BN Freak

    Ike the BN Freak TrainBoard Member

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    The Kato SD40-2 isn't a demo, but an EMD Lease unit. Which was a former Rock Island unit. Don't think EMD ever did demo units for the SD40-2s
     
  17. silentargus

    silentargus TrainBoard Member

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    Kato also made a Budd demonstrator RDC-1.
     
  18. pmpexpress

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    Atlas/Rivarossi SW1500/SW1200 (circa 1971) Cow and Calf Units GM Demo

    Atlas/Mehano SD45 (circa 1969 - 1972) EMD Demo

    Atlas GP-30 (February 2008 Retooled Chinese Release) EMD Demo
     
  19. Paul Graf

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    Not Atlas, but I believe Walthers may have used that tooling.
     
  20. caxu

    caxu TrainBoard Member

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    So for now is the Kato GE ES44AC the highest quality Demo unit in N Scale?

    I've taken a look at what was suggested and so far this seems like the winner simply based on aesthetics. There doesn't seem to be many modern demos released in the last 5-10 years.
     

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