You may get your wish Terrence re: "I will keep hoping for Lionel to issue an Odyssey/Legacy equipped edition of the regular-sized Polar Express locomotive. Will it ever happen? Who knows? But since Lionel keeps milking the Polar Express series, it is possible that one day my wish will come true"
That is at least until Lionel has to pay new licensing fees. I'm sure with the popularity Lionel's PE items enjoy, that when their licensing comes up for renewal that Warner Brothers et al. will definitely want a bgiger cut of the profits than back when rights were first negotiated. Anyone know what year Lionel's current PE license expires and is due for renewal? Perhaps MTH would bid for it and then at last there would be a PE loco that really smokes the ways kids would want it to. (Or could it be Lionel has deliberately avoided putting in more powerful smoke units to avoid the wrath of parents whose kiddies would smoke up their houses setting off smoke alarms everywhere with more powerful smoke units installed?)