Dan Padova posted:
Why can't MTH or Lionel make scale crossing gates the same way Lionel made them originally, with a solenoid ? Those things are almost bullet proof. You can't damage them if you accidentally push them down. The solenoids almost always work unless someone has tampered with them. So why haven't we seen something like the originals in a scale size ?
Actually, I saw an MTH crossing gate at the train show. It was packaged like mine, looked nice n' new, but it was physically huge compared to my two little (scale) guys. I asked the owner about it and he said it was MTH's foray into the "toy" world of Lionel, that they had built these to simulate Lionel's early stuff, complete with solenoid operation!