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Life-Like Model Railroads & Trains
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Life-Like Toy and Hobby is a division of Wm. K. Walthers that manufactures model railroad products. The
company, originally called Life-Like Products LLC, was founded as a branch of the Lifoam company, which
manufactured extruded foam ice chests. Looking to expand their product lines, this company began producing
extruded model railroad tunnels. As the model railroad company grew, Life-Like expanded its model railroad
scenery offerings and finally began manufacturing rolling stock in the late '60s.
Life-Like initially produced model railroad products in HO scale. Their Proto 1000 and Proto 2000 lines were
thought of highly by hobbyists, as the locomotives and freight cars in these lines were thought to be the best detailed
for their price point. Life-Like acquired Varney Inc. in 1970 and produced Varney HO scale trains under the Life-
Like brand. Life-Like also introduced a line of N scale model railroad products in the early '70s. These products
were manufactured by Mehanotehnika.
Life-Like continued to produce model train products in HO and N scales until 2005. At that time, the company
decided to once again concentrate on extruded foam products under the name Lifoam Industries LLC. They sold the
model railroad division of the business to Wm. K. Walthers, which now operates the business as Life-Like Toy and
Hobby. The company continues to produce model railroad products in Baltimore, Maryland.
Life-Like often produced and packaged locomotives and cabooses as sets, painted with the same
railroad name and color scheme. The packaging would advertise a free caboose or authentic matching caboose with
In recent years, Life-Like has begun to produce model railroad products in O and G scales in addition to the HO
and N scale products they already offer
Life-Like's Proto 2000 line continues to be its highest quality line of locomotives and freight cars
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