I would greatly appreciate any input/thoughts on this idea of mine.
For anyone who lived in the Northeast or likes modeling the NEC, Metroliners were an icon. How come they are not in O scale? Amtrak is popular seller, and I am sure this could be a hit
To my knowledge, only Eliot Welz and Willaims made them in a non-scale version. In the MTH 2001 Vol3 Catalog, they advertised for 2 4-car Metroliner sets: one in Amtrak, the other in PRR. If you are to believe the MTH website, they were delivered DEC 2001, but I have NEVER seen a picture of the set on the internet. MTH Website: 20-2344-1
Basing it off how MTH sold their Railking RDC sets, I think 2-car Metroliners sets could be the way to sell them:
- Powered set: 1powered, 1 non-powered Metroliner
- Non-powered: 2 non-powered Metroliners
Who can make it?
- Atlas has purchased the MTH tooling for Amfleets and has already stated they want to take a large role in the O-scale market. They also 3D print accessories. Why not combine both and make a hybrid, subtractive & additive manufacturing Metroliner set. I assume that these probably would have the PS3 system.
- Sunset 3rd Rail always makes amazing products. Perhaps they could do a run of them like the E60s, Genesis, viewliners, etc... These would most likely be equipped with TMCC.
- Lionel has tooling for the Amfleet Cab car (historically the Metroliners were converted into these cab cars) and could modify them to make Metroliners, I assume these would have Legacy or LC+2.0.
Paint schemes (click on links to see images)
- Pennsylvania Railroad (Before acceptance)
- Penn Central
- Amtrak Phase I
- Amtrak Phase II