Originally Posted by david1:
It is beyond me why the 3 mfgs. Have not made the likes of the bull moose and many others. There seems to be a market for them.
I was was excided when MTH catalogued the mountain only to be disappointed when it was cancelled. Oh well!
I'm not sure either, Dave. UP had a lot of 2-10-2s, Moose, and Mountains, that were the mainline steam equipment during the era. The irony is some of the mfgs. have chosen the 'oddball' UP locomotives and produced them-H7 and Y3 quickly come to mind. However, they also offered those in C&O and N&W, which increased the sales number. The locomotives we want are UP specific, so maybe the mfgs. see that as to much of a gamble (?). The other side of that-N&W was the only RR with the 'J' which is always a sell out-I suspect popularity plays a big factor in those decisions of what to produce or not...
The tooling investment has to be the show stopper is all I can understand.
From what I've been told, UP stuff sells extremely well, which further adds to the mystery.
If MTH would've done the Mountain, I would've bought them all because it was UP accurate, different versions, and it'd be the only one in 3R. Sign me up!
Alas, I'll continue to find what I want in 2R and scratch build/modify exsisting models to get the UP stuff I want. For example, next project will be a UP 4-10-2 3 cylinder.