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Reply to "Time for 3rd Rail to revisit N&W "M Class" 4-8-0's?"

@M J Breen posted:

I mentioned this directly to Scott Mann at York about 2 years ago. I suggested it would be a good candidate based on the prices they were selling for on eBay.

He was interested then but also said the molds were gone and it would basically be a new project versus a rerun - he would have to get sufficient orders to carry a new project. I suspect Lionel’s Strasburg 90 will be a big seller, and lots of folks will inevitably seek a companion piece so maybe the market is now there for Scott.

The only issue I foresee is that like the 90, the 475 and M class are actually very small locomotives when it comes to fitting modern electronic components in them.  I often thought the 475 would be a good candidate for someone to test out 3D printing capabilities.

Interesting that they ditched the molds!

I wonder what the reasoning behind this was? Storage space?

I figure that the creating molds is the most expensive/ time consuming part of the production process and that they would want to keep them.

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