Aaah! Where there's light rail there's hope for HEAVY RAIL! Island Modelworks Joe had an SIRT "ME-1" available in HO (http://islandmodelworks.com/StatenIsland.html) but no version had ever been made in O. I begged and pleaded, offered the fact that the MTH BMT Standard was of the same length and breadth, and polled like-minded friends until we had enough buyers for Joe to justify an O Scale/Gauge version:
It is a wonderful model and perhaps, with the right incentive, he would do the same for you. The number of Staten Island Rapid Transit Railway - Staten Island Rapid Transit Operating Authority - Staten Island Railway buffs out there is minute by comparison to the number of SEPTA fans in the greater Philly area. I'd suggest that you beat the bushes for potential buyers at clubs, BLOGs, LHSs, etc, to see how much interest you can generate and then, presuming you can find a fair number of potential customers, approach Joe with your proposition. He's a really nice guy, a Forum advertiser and makes what I consider to be an excellent product.
And while we're talking about "resources", Joe Franks is just amazing!