@Bob Bubeck posted:
" The O scale folks do not complain about Lionel, nostalgia, and 3-rail track. They just get on with it.
Clearly didn't read the threads about the Lionel ATSF Brass Hybrid Mikado. EVERYONE complained about that from 2-rail to 3RS to the Hi-railers. And it was a pretty nice locomotive.
Complaining is what model railroaders do.
I believe that you missed my point. By O scale folks, I mean the 2-rail O scale folks, which is another niche area of the hobby. Those folks do not complain about Lionel, nostalgia, and 3-rail track. They devote their time and skills towards what they wish to accomplish. Some of the 3-rail scale crowd also do this to varying degrees.
S's problem does not lay with the continued pursuance of Flyer by Lionel which is a source of both traditional and modern post-Gilbert product as a source of enjoyment for many. Rather, what you ask is for someone or some company to risk considerable capital and time on a very narrow market. Rather than whine and moan, why not scratch build or buy something to modify and redecorate to achieve your desires? From time to time one of the hi-rail S companies or Lionel produces a piece that can be modified to suit the desired end. This is what real S-scalers do all the time. And, you can also save your pennies towards a River Raisin purchase.