I saw the new Gensets in the catalog and was interested since they are doing one in Pennsy. After reading the description, I am not so enamored with it. Lionel is switching the diecast cab to plastic for better radio reception of bluetooth. If Lionel can get bluetooth to work in diecast steam locs why can't they get it to work in a diesel? They are also adding weights to the loc which I assume is to compensate for the lost of weight from the shell. I own a set of the Vision Centipedes and I must say that a diecast diesel is a thing of beauty. The heft and look cannot be matched in plastic. I'm sure Lionel will do a fine job with the plastic shell (I do own many plastic shell diesels) but its not the same. I liked the additional motor but I assume its coming at a cost. The description no longer states a "detailed cab interior". From Eric's trains original review, the loc only had one motor to allow for a detailed cab interior since the cab is directly over the one truck. Now that there is a second motor, the detailed cab is no longer part of the description. It seems this loc is loosing more than its gaining. I admit the price point is favorable since it must cost less to go plastic and no more detailed cab interior. I have to question if bluetooth and an extra motor are worth the loss of the diecast shell and detailed can interior. From reviews I have read online with the prior releases, no one ever complained that it did not have enough pulling power. I wonder why Lionel thought they needed to increase the power.
What do you think?