This is why I bailed on S for all practical purposes. I sold off 90% of all my stuff and after doing a marry go round of different gauges to find out where I wanna be, I landed on O.
Once I accepted the fact that Lionel S gauge would really not be more than Gilbert-esk rehashes I actually find it easier to enjoy what little dabbling I do in S now. I will continue all the Polar Express purchases (passenger and freight) and will build on my 5 or 6 road name specific Flyonel sets I have made. I find about 2 or 3 items that catch my eye in each catalog now but that’s where it will end for me I have come to really like the flyerchief/BT control system.
And I have a bunch of SD40-2s coming in O!
I have to admit, I still go to S fest, and spend most my time on the S gauge page of the forum because while it’s a small group, I find the people in S to be nice, easy going and fun to interact with.