It is interesting to see the return of the CH to the flyer line. From a production standpoint they have been gone a while.
Maybe this is my imagination wandering a bit but I wonder if Lionel is looking at this as a current barometer on “scale” cars. It has been quite a bit of time since the first fiasco and for some it might be a faded memory, and for others this new boost with the 3rd iteration of the model might be a first look at this 2012 (I think) initial offering.
I hope it is successful, and maybe leads to the market confidence to try something new. If I was still in “scale high rail”, I would be in on both the BN and UP offerings.
On a side note, I find it odd that there are no Canadian offerings. If Lionel was watching the secondary market on these things over the past 5 years, they would see the demand for the Government of Canada cars is respectable.