@Rusty Traque posted:
Do I have a favorite? Sure... The Russian Decapod, particularly Frisco. Do I expect one to be produced in S? No. Does it prevent me for participating in a survey? No.
Can you believe that River Raisin couldn't get enough reservations for the N&W J? A famous locomotive (even before the excursion era) that was supposed to be a slam-dunk. Another company (G&W Models) also tried getting interest in the "J" back in the late 80's and failed. Go figure... I honestly don't think a Daylight GS4 would fare much better.
Road specificity is gonna be a killer for any models going forward. Too small of a market. Locomotives like the Big Boy, Daylight, J3, etc - are popular models with collectors. But they aren't exactly operator friendly choices. Lionel not offering scale wheels will hurt the market. That's a bad choice on their part.
The 2-10-0 Russian suggestion is actually a very good choice. Tons of roads had them - and the USRA based their version off the originals specs. I'd buy one. No question - if scale is an option. Not only that, the motor block could be re-used for a generic 2-10-2 Santa Fe class. Over 2200 of those were built and used across a ton of roads.