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.