Reply to "Western Maryland 4-8-4 Potomac"

D500 posted:
Seems like MTH would have adequate tooling as basic mechanical starting points for both, as they have offered big 4-8-4's and the PRR 2-10-0 in Premier.

Hm.  They might be able to reuse the chassis from the Reading T1, and the driving wheels are pretty close.  But I'm not holding my breath... I think the last newly-tooled steam loco MTH made in North American O gauge was the L-4 Mohawk, and that was around 2009.  Can you believe it's been 11 years already!?

For so long we took newly-tooled items for granted.  But the demographics and economics are now both against us.  Remember, there were no new die-cast locos in O Gauge from the 2055 Hudson in 1953 until the ill-fated LTI Northerns in 1987.  Nothing new for 34 years!!  And the Northerns weren't even all-new, they reused the Berkshire chassis.  Unless there are major advances in computer technology, 3-D printing and milling, etc., the only Potomac we're gonna see in 3-rail O will be brass.  So if you really want it, try to line up 10 or 20 of your friends and appeal to Scott Mann.  My $.02.

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