Chuck K. posted:
... I didn't expect the quality of Golden Gate cars, and these are not at that price point, either. ...
As many here should know by now, I'll be the first to take Lionel to task for their pricing structure. But for the most part, the prices of their passenger cars remain "reasonable". Now we can argue that ABS cars should be considerably lower than their aluminum predecessors. But we're also paying for the new tooling, so the price-points of ABS are essentially picking up a shade below where prices of aluminum cars left off. Over in my Texas Special "first look" thread, I calculated roughly $110/car for the new ABS cars -- not including the StationSounds diner which skewed the average price/car to $125.
As a point of comparison, I just received a GGD El Capitan 60' RPO car from Scott Mann today. It must have been an unclaimed "left-over" from the first production run, since I had an RPO and an extra lounge car on standby. Very handsome car, by the way. But we're talking $279 for this gem. So that's where prices are heading for finely detailed aluminum passenger cars today.