I'm sure there are plenty of you are as excited as I am about Lionel's new Empire State Express J3A Hudsons that will be shipping this Christmas season. It is, for me, the engine I am most excited to see for the whole year in the hobby as a matter of fact, even with all the buzz now over the Volume 2 catalog merchandise.
Not long before I placed my order on said engine, I initially posted a topic awhile ago concerning curiosity of the new whistle Lionel will choose https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/t...empire-state-express (still hoping for the 6-chime Vision Hudson style one), but another thought kind of crossed me...
Do you think it would've been a better idea for Lionel to offer the different tenders as separate sale items rather than just a different engine/tender combination itself? Kind of like how Lionel originally offered the Pere Marquette Berkshire in 2009.
Those who bought the set to get the much anticipated 21" cars might've also wanted a much heftier PT centipede tender or the Mercury unstreamlined J3A tender for variety.
To me, it makes a little more sense so you won't have to buy another whole locomotive just to get a different tender. That being said, I figure if I get a little bored with the streamlined tender, I could ask to trade with another for a PT version. Or maybe not, I don't know.
That's just my opinion. I won't grate Lionel really for this move. I really should be happy they went all out on this beautiful engine and all its variations in the first place, and I am. This was just something that kept coming back to me for awhile. What do you guys think?