For me, I love the trains I have and the quality and variety we enjoy, which is far more than when I was younger. When there was not much available in S, I did try HO and N, but it was not as good as S in reliability and the ability to see and enjoy the details. I earlier had tried O, but just too big for me for a true interesting layout.
Former SHS, American Models, MTH, Lionel and others have done amazing work and invested considerably considering our small niche and aging market. For the most part the manufacturers, leadership and owners have taken financial risk in our market, and I am truly appreciative. I still enjoy my American Flyer also. I eagerly look to purchase the new legacy Berkshires, I must admit I was excited to see they are being offered and hope they will be delivered.
My children loved when Lionel continued many years ago with American Flyer, the durability and that children can play with these toys was great fun. The detailed newer models are beautiful and I admire greatly the details of these models, the smoke, sounds and walk around control capabilities. My grandchildren love the newer functions.
I am blessed to have kept my American Flyer, but also fortunate to enjoy the newer track, engines, passenger and freight cars, which give me so much enjoyment to look at and run.
I do understand disappointments and frustrations. I felt them particularly when the earlier Berkshires were cancelled, and when SHS ownership retired.
Most days I feel we are blessed to be in this hobby today and enjoy the many offerings available. Just my view. Thank you to our manufacturers, and our fellow S friends for your part in supporting . Mike West