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So my two cents here are that you guys are complaining an awful lot for no reason other than the fact to complain. Those of us that didn't have a chance at the 2014 run now have a chance here. Just like the 2-10-10-2. When that engine came out I was 15, when the first vision big boy I was 19. I wouldn't have one if Lionel didn't do a rerun, and I'll order a big boy because now I can afford one just like the 2-10-10-2.



Not everyone can afford or have a chance at every engine in every catalog. Don't get all in a bunch over reruns. Some of us are happy for them

@SB30 posted:

Some of us are happy for them

I'm happy for them. I was pumped to see this because I had no money for this on the last run. I also had no place for a layout etc etc etc. I'm glad it's being rerun so I can get a chance at it because the depleting coal load is so cool to me!

I also thought the Visionline was only new locos on even years. But either way, this is a good opportunity for a lot us.

Reruns make sense as time moves on. If nobody buys them, that’s a real problem. We need people coming along wanting them.

Scale Polar Express Berks are going for stupid money because they haven’t been done in awhile. A rerun would be good for everyone (except the guy asking four grand). The same thing is happening with the Big Boys. Not for me, but I’m glad “new guys” can get them.

I think people were frustrated because a Legacy Big Boy was done in 2019 (I was under the impression that it was a vision Big Boy but when I checked the 2019 catalogs they didn't say Vision).

I'm a fan of reruns too - I was not in the hobby when the first Legacy Mohawks came out, so I was very happy to see a rerun of the Legacy Mohawks in last year's catalog and pick one up. But, if I had purchased a Big Boy in 2019, I would probably be a bit peeved too. If I had known a vision version was coming out, I may have saved the money or purchased something else and waited. That being said, it sounds like these will have some different details than the last batch (maybe?), so if you have the 2019 Legacy version at least you can make an excuse to pick this one up

Well, we actually didn't know that reruns were a plan until this year on the Trainworld video were Ryan and Dave said it out loud. Here we had thought that the reruns were something that was just how things worked out. Granted there was no new features in most, just more offerings. We made a list of Vision Line engines on another post.

Thing is, yes it is good to get a second chance, I'm all for it. I love my Challenger, that big old beast. Like I said though, we really didn't find out until that video that they do reruns for odd numbered years. So expect that every odd numbered year. Me, I'm glad that this is a rerun in that I have no interest in it. This saves more money for me for the time being. I am hoping that the catalog for 2023 is light on my wallet as well. The last few I have spent a lot less for a good few reasons not related to what was being offered, just needed money elsewhere. So, we can look forward to this Big Boy, but I'm thinking what is 2024's VL?

Scale Polar Express Berks are going for stupid money because they haven’t been done in awhile.

Sellers are asking stupid money hoping to find buyers that match.

Those 9k berks never sold.

Lionel doesn't make money off of the resale. They're concerned about a return on the initial sale.

The size, and bells and whistles of the bigboy mean more money. The factory in China probably doesn't charge much (if any) more to make a bigboy than a berkshire.

Therefore, big articulateds seem to be the ticket for Lionel as far as VL is concerned.

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@RickO posted:

Sellers are asking stupid money hoping to find buyers that match.

Those 9k berks never sold.



Rick,

You're right.  They didn't.

But you're implying that no Berks have sold because the handful offered on the big E at more than $4,000 haven't sold.  Not true.  Plenty have sold, not at ridiculous prices, but nearer to their original MSRP than you would expect.

They've gotten good money.

Mike

So where's my Vision Line PRR T1 Duplex?

I'd buy that one too, as long as they didn't have those big wheels to derail. I'd have to get someone to cut them down.

Rick,

You're right.  They didn't.

But you're implying that no Berks have sold because the handful offered on the big E at more than $4,000 haven't sold.  Not true.  Plenty have sold, not at ridiculous prices, but nearer to their original MSRP than you would expect.

They've gotten good money.

Mike

Rick isn't saying none of them sold, just the ones that were incredibly outrageous. Having seen a bunch of stuff on eBay for quite some time, some have not sold, but some have. Granted, perhaps deals were made that we didn't see, but highly doubt that someone would go for the 9K prices. I do know that some of the items I have watched have sold for less than the initial five or six asking prices. One of the VL Niagara's had been priced over $5K. The seller had it there for some time before reducing it repeatedly. I believe it finally sold somewhere around $2.5k. no on bit at the $3k price they lowered it to. Big Boy pricing is usually around $3k to $4.5k, though some have gone higher and sold. I don't watch those as much as I am not interested in them, but I have seen them disappear from those high prices.

I'd buy that one too, as long as they didn't have those big wheels to derail. I'd have to get someone to cut them down.

Take your T1 Duplex and flop it in your foam cradle upside down.  Connect power and get the wheels turning.  Using a Dremel sanding drum with about a 120-150 grit, you can taper the wheels.  I keep a vacuum hose right next to the grinding operation to suck up the debris.  In about 15 minutes, it's ready to run.

Take your T1 Duplex and flop it in your foam cradle upside down.  Connect power and get the wheels turning.  Using a Dremel sanding drum with about a 120-150 grit, you can taper the wheels.  I keep a vacuum hose right next to the grinding operation to suck up the debris.  In about 15 minutes, it's ready to run.

If I had one, I would.

@SeptaTony posted:

You getting it? How much will it be?

NO WAY, WE NEED TO SAY NO TO LIONEL'S REMAKE INSANITY.

They are going to keep remaking old engines with more smoke holes if people keep buying them. It is silly to me. I have owned the VISION line BOY BOY and the JLC BIG BOY and they are the same. (except for smoke holes and some sound improvement)  At least make some more road names (even fantasy)  How many UP Big Boys does ANY railroad need?!?!?!









When somebody is new to the hobby or just starting out, they might not be in the position to afford that first, second or third run Vision line “anything.” But when you can, that secondary market sure doesn’t help make it any easier with a $3000-4000 “New” or “Barely used” Big Boy. Not being critical of the secondary market because hey thats capitalism. They can charge what the market bares. And yeah, maybe Lionel is gonna exploit that and charge North of the prices of the last rendition that they sold. I wouldn’t expect any of you that jumped on the earlier versions and bought one or two or a third to resell to consider buying this newest version. You already have enough skin in the game and maybe your waiting to sell that extra NOS Big Boy sitting on that shelf to the right newbie with some bucks.

But you know who might buy one of these newest versions….ME so Hey Lionel, bring it on baby let’s stabilize the secondary market and give some of us the chance, now that we have some cash to buy the latest version with some extra goodies. Sure it’s gonna be expensive….it’s a Hobby and that’s what we do…spend money. I’ll tell you what I’ll do, I’ll try to post some pictures and maybe some videos when it gets delivered, it’s the least I can do. Take my money Lionel and bring me a BEAST to run next to my 2019 Greyhound 3977 Vision Line Challenger!

Captain Big Daddy out

@Fexturbjet posted:

When somebody is new to the hobby or just starting out, they might not be in the position to afford that first, second or third run Vision line “anything.” But when you can, that secondary market sure doesn’t help make it any easier with a $3000-4000 “New” or “Barely used” Big Boy. Not being critical of the secondary market because hey thats capitalism. They can charge what the market bares. And yeah, maybe Lionel is gonna exploit that and charge North of the prices of the last rendition that they sold. I wouldn’t expect any of you that jumped on the earlier versions and bought one or two or a third to resell to consider buying this newest version. You already have enough skin in the game and maybe your waiting to sell that extra NOS Big Boy sitting on that shelf to the right newbie with some bucks.

But you know who might buy one of these newest versions….ME so Hey Lionel, bring it on baby let’s stabilize the secondary market and give some of us the chance, now that we have some cash to buy the latest version with some extra goodies. Sure it’s gonna be expensive….it’s a Hobby and that’s what we do…spend money. I’ll tell you what I’ll do, I’ll try to post some pictures and maybe some videos when it gets delivered, it’s the least I can do. Take my money Lionel and bring me a BEAST to run next to my 2019 Greyhound 3977 Vision Line Challenger!

Captain Big Daddy out

I think this is exactly correct.  While some may not like rereleases, the fact is they are, at least in part, indicative of new blood into the hobby. I think it’s great. And, to your point, while not resenting the prices on the secondary market per se, I’d much rather see new folks get a new one (with all the new features!) at a much lower price than a six- or whatever-old used one and spend the difference on their layout or growing their fleet or any of the other things that eat money in this hobby.

first of all, I don't think 3000-4000 engines, " get more people in the hobby ". Most people start out with starter sets, diesels or Lion chief before they go full Legacy and 3000 big steam.  These big engines are for people that are already "hooked".

And second... remaking the same engines does not lower the prices for the older versions, it actually makes them go up.

I know the 2nd statement is going to get people's blood  pressure up so let me explain. I used to sell 1999 Big Boy models for 1250 new in the box and I was happy to get it. Now I see the same model selling for 1500-1600. part of that is inflation aka all things go up in price over time. But part of that is the "collector mindset" ...

Model railroading is really more about collecting that running trains. (the blood pressure just doubled again!! )

I have travelled the country looking and buying trains collections and I have found 10-15 trains collections for every actual running layout.  So these Big Engine get bought mostly by people that already have big engines.  I know of a  collection  that has the finest postwar collection I have ever seen. (stuff never cataloged or know) Some say there is only 1 complete father and son set, but I know for a fact there are at least 3. This collector is very private and a lot of them are, but my point is this...this collector has thousands of post war trains and NO layout, not even a loop of track.

my issue with Lionel remaking and remaking and remaking the same engine, is it is lazy. It is a simple way to lower costs and sell the "same" product o a captive audience. That will keep buying because they are collectors.

I really love Lionel Legacy control, but admire MTH because they constantly push the envelope.  I can't see Lionel ever taking a chance and making European steamers like MTH did....they just won't risk it.

I feel that it is just a matter of time before Lionel and MTH combine either in a merger or takeover . I just hope they continue the innovation that still exist at both companies and not the remake everything in the basement .... Keep LionChief, Legacy and Fastrack and dump the remakes and protosound x.x . Move away from brass detail to 3d printed plastic parts and rethink using die-cast in general.  instead of making another scale Big Boy that will have the same look as the JLC and VISION MODEL make a LionChief controlled Big Boy and Challenger in the LionMaster line that will run on smaller layouts and be put into starter sets.

Sadly, I can predict what Lionel will release based on what they already have just buy seeing what is selling on eBAY !!! .....for example also make a new 990 that will cost as much as the old ones are selling for on eBay ... look for a "NEW" 990 controller that will be around 1500....coming soon!



out.

@unixunix posted:
I really love Lionel Legacy control, but admire MTH because they constantly push the envelope.  I can't see Lionel ever taking a chance and making European steamers like MTH did....they just won't risk it.

Past tense for MTH, all they do now is remake existing products with a new paint job.  There are no new designs coming out from MTH.

@unixunix posted:
I feel that it is just a matter of time before Lionel and MTH combine either in a merger or takeover . I just hope they continue the innovation that still exist at both companies and not the remake everything in the basement ....

Actually, I don't ever see that happening.  MTH is a shadow of it's former self, and Lionel picked over their tooling for stuff that they wanted already.  There's no upside for Lionel to acquire MTH that I can see.

Past tense for MTH, all they do now is remake existing products with a new paint job.  There are no new designs coming out from MTH.

Actually, I don't ever see that happening.  MTH is a shadow of it's former self, and Lionel picked over their tooling for stuff that they wanted already.  There's no upside for Lionel to acquire MTH that I can see.

Unfortunately Lionel is basically doing the same thing. 2020 Vision Line steam was the SP GS class, which except the GS1 has been done multiple times by MTH and Lionel. 2021 Vision Line steam was the N&W class A, which has been done multiple times over the years by MTH, and the Lionel model in the early 2000s. New electronics does not make something never done before, it just has new electronics. So if Lionel announced a Vision Line Triplex in 2024 based off MTH tooling it wouldn't be new at all, just a previous model with new paint and smoke coming out a couple new holes .

Here's the kicker: steam tooling is way more expensive than a diesel. Both MTH and Lionel have pretty much made every well known steam locomotive in diecast that will turn a profit. Don't expect any new diecast tooling from Lionel either. Probably anything new will be brass hybrid. So, yes, while there are multiple steam locomotives that haven't been done I'm sure they haven't been done because they won't turn a profit. There hasn't been a WM 4-8-4 built because the market isn't there for it, but the market is there for multiple runs of SP 4-8-4s. But WM F7s are easy to make a profit on because they are just a paint variation on a model that will work for multiple roads, so you can still make money on it.

I am really excited to see the Big Boy.  Living on the west coast, I favor lines that operate out here.  It's hard to think of many iconic steamers that were in actual, regular operation other than the SP Daylight, SP cab forward and UP Big Boy.  I held back in 2019 waiting for another Vision Line Big Boy.  I am thrilled to have the chance now.  

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