Any sightings of MTH Reading & Northern 425 Pacifics?

Was there a public announcement explaining why a model was not cataloged? I just had to do a double take and compare the image in the MTH catalog and the "uncataloged" version. The difference in the shades in blue are striking. I would jump on this model but I still have a hard time with some models when I haven't seen them in person first. I am probably the odd one out there.

If I reject reality and substitute 3-Rail, how does Narrow Gauge come into all of this?
SGP posted:

Was there a public announcement explaining why a model was not cataloged? I just had to do a double take and compare the image in the MTH catalog and the "uncataloged" version. The difference in the shades in blue are striking. I would jump on this model but I still have a hard time with some models when I haven't seen them in person first. I am probably the odd one out there.

There was an email about it. I would assume that they realized that their catalog 425 was not how she has appeared for the last two years, and wanted to offer a current version. 

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I'm really interested in seeing how these locomotives will come out. I've been a bit more into MTH's products right now, particularly for this model.

I still haven't seen any sight of them. MTH's site says the uncataloged deep blue version has been moved to a March 2018 release date (a month after the 2018 RailKing model is supposed to come out), so I'm assuming the cerulean version will come then, too. Although some dealers indicate a Summer release.

Thomas

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The cerulean model was announced in the 2017 Volume 2 catalog. The catalog didn't really hype it up. Just a single side view.

Though the dark blue version was announced a few months later as an uncataloged product.

Thomas

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I was looking at pictures of the real 425 and the new models from both MTh and LTI.  In this case, the MTH version is MUCH closer to the prototype.  The portions are correct.  The sand dome is more realistic, unlike Lionel's oversized wart.  The boiler length is also more accurate on the MTH.  

Overall, one for MTH on this engine.

ACDEBELLIS39 posted:

I will probably have an MTH 425 with Lionel coaches . 

I like what you're thinking. MTH loco w/ all the Lionel fix-in's (aux tender, heavyweights and StationSounds full dome vista) sounds like a perfect complete dish.

Thomas

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Yes, I’m told they will be at MTH in March. There were an amazing number of orders for these. If you’re interested in the heavyweight cars, they are out and selling through quickly. 

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