Yesterday I emailed Scaletrains, Rapido, Lionel and Athearn.
I asked about any discussions to move into O Scale 2rail market. Scaletrains and Rapido replied back and stated it has not been considered at this time. Lionel was asked about 2rail products. Haven't heard back.
Following is the email response from Athearn.
Would need a guarantee of at least a million dollars in sales for Athearn to even consider developing an O scale locomotive. So if you buy one for $1,000,000 and I'll throw in the next 999 for free.
Model Train Division
So that's where it stands with Athearn ( Horzion Hobby )