Foundry was just asking about you guys. He is ready to do the first set at his expense! All he needs is that cuttable casting - the one that is slightly bowed, but not crumbling?
I told him your ardor may have cooled a bit. I was ready to invest, as was one other of your fellow forumites. This makes it a no risk deal! He of course would recover his initial cost on the subsequent sales.
Still no price on the Wolfer casting sets. That would be your fallback if all else fails.
I wonder why we have not heard from a hobbyist with a JLC and a Legacy model? Could it possibly be that one could just completely replace the mechanism? Or is Lionel not interested in that either?