As Alan Posted, and Atlas' e-mail announced, Atlas has acquired the MTH diesel and rolling stock tooling. This means that we'll be seeing future releases of the locomotive models offered in the Premier line. Hopefully this also means that Atlas will continue offering 2-rail versions. I'm hoping that the 2/3 feature is carried over into the product line. Comments? (Please be nice)
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I hope the 2//3 rail option is there .
I hope they keep the 2/3 rail option as well.
Maybe now we will get an E8 with fixed pilots and 2/3 rail trucks instead of that blind dummy axle on the end of the trucks.
One thing that sits in limbo is the track tooling. While ScaleTrax and RiteTrax may have their issues, they both had their benefits -- ScaleTrax being the rail profile and ease of flexing (down side is turnout and fixed curve offerings).
Atlas did acquire some of the building/structure tooling as well, so we'll probably be seeing those again.
There is a BIG question. MTH says Atlas will produce PS3 locos. Who will produce the PS3 hardware?
I'm guessing they will figure it out since the components of PS 3 and DCS system is part of the license Atlas acquired.
Atlas has also acquired a license for the MTH Proto-Sound 3 Sound & Control Electronics Boards, which adds realistic sounds to locomotives and also allows control via DCS (Digital Command System). Part of the license will give Atlas the option to sell DCS components as well."
So will Atlas O FINALLY announce a new locomotive?
David, we don't know if the license gives the power to produce, or only to use, DCS. If the former, Atlas probably doesn;t have an in-house electronics department and thus will need to team up with both an electronics engineering firm and a production company. Hopefully, they'll keep this in USA. If the latter, the future of DCS is still up in the air. Certainly, if Atlas becomes the source for DCS components and parts, I'll become a customer
I wish Atlas the very best of luck with their purchase - I hope the contacts in the factories comes with the purchase!!! There seems to be a lot missing from the wide range MTH has offered recently (steamers leaps to mind). I don’t use DCS, but I am wondering if Atlas will use the MTH tooling with the TMCC boards they currently license...
Next York meet should be interesting
PS3 electronics, wonder if we’ll be seeing it in all there product lines? As others have stated, hope the 2/3 conversion continues
as info atlas has purchased many other companies in the past in the HO world and has been very slow to produce them and some have never appeared. not trying to jinx things but I have watched this before. I was hopping more for the steam and electric locos as I am not a diesel fan . but the DCS licensing will be a big help for all the MTH fans out there.