When I interviewed Lionel at York they were considering an SD40 and still a Legacy Berk. My feeling is that they will never do a Daylight GS4 because of tooling costs. The new MTH catalog should be here soon and any locomotives will be remakes of S Helper.
A sample size of 18 is too small anyway to draw any meaningful conclusions.
MTH will get me to buy their S product when they make something new not just reissued tooling. I am ready to give them my money but they don't seem to want it. They should try at least one new item and then look at sales compared to the SHS reissues.
The response size both this year and last were over 3 digits not 18 as you have said. I am looking for trends of interest that is why I asked this forum, other internet sites and clubs to respond to give it a diverse set of potential customers.
Is this perfect no. But until Lionel, MTH, American Models etc. try to reach a broader customer base I figured I would try to do something to at least give those companies an idea as to what they should consider.
I would strongly encourage a company like Lionel to list what they are considering and then ask us what we would buy if they made the product. We are a passionate group of dedicated customers who are more than happy to let them know what we want.