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Locomotive Comparison Chart

Ratings: Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor, Very Poor

Manufacturer Running Paint Detail Quality Price* Notes
Athearn Good Very Good Good Good $50-80 Lots of upgrade parts available
Athearn RTR Good Very Good Very Good Good $80-120 upgraded body - standard chassis
Genesis Diesel Very Good Excellent Excellent Very Good $80+ some drive quality issues
Genesis Steam Very Good Excellent Excellent Very Good $80+ poor pullers
Atlas Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent $80+ some DCC decoder equipped
Bachmann Very Poor Poor Poor Very Poor $20-60 train set type locomotives
Spectrum Diesel Good Poor Fair Fair $30-100 inconsistent quality
Spectrum Steam Good Very Good Very Good Very Good $100+ quality may vary
Broadway Limited Very Good Very Good Excellent Very Good $300+ RR specific steam w/ sound
Intermountain Very Good Good Good Very Good $80+ comparable to Kato
Kato Excellent Good Very Good Very Good $80+  
Life Like Very Poor Poor Poor Very Poor $10-40 train set type locomotives
Proto 1000 Diesel Good Good Fair Good $40-120  
Proto 2000 Diesel Fair Excellent Excellent Good $50-120 some drive quality issues
Proto 2000 Steam Very Good Excellent Excellent Very Good $100+  
Mehano Good Fair Fair Fair $30-60 train set type locomotives
Model Power Poor Fair Fair Poor $20-40 train set type locomotives
Rivarossi Very Good Very Good Good Good $150+ steam engines only recently
Roundhouse Good Good Good Good $30-120 steam engines only recently
Stewart Excellent Very Good Very Good Very Good $80-120  
Walthers Very Good Good Good Very Good $70-100 none produced recently
Walthers Trainline Good Fair Fair Good $40-80 train set type locomotives

* Price is what you can expect to pay, not MSRP

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