I'm afraid a Milwaukee Road Acela isn't exciting to me as a Milwaukee Road modeler. The fantasy schemes have taken control of the Lionel catalog and I think it's a bit much.
You hit it on the head. My thought is that they found the Verandah and Acela tooling and decided to go with the extra schemes. As I mentioned earlier, what will be manufactured with so many choices. By how the catalog is being decribed, it almost is a statement that we are here, MTH is on its way. I look forward to receiving my copy.