Was perusing the For Sale board here a few minutes ago and came across an ad for two beautiful Lionel locomotives - one a 3 unit ABA F3 diesel and the other a single modern SD70. Lionel builds some right handsome diesels and these are both prime examples of the craft and are very detailed considering they are both well over 10 years old now. What struck me as odd is the pricing of these two items. The F3 set is an ABA and came from Lionel packaged as such. The SD-70ACe is of course a single unit.
Consider that the the F3 set has two A units, each with 2 crew members, lights inside as well as headlights, plus two MARS lights. Also two smoke units and the non-powered A unit has additional TMCC electronics for the lights, smoke, and coupler on the nose. These are full-scale units with all the detail you could want and look great even by today's standards. Although not Legacy, these have RS5 which is a fine soundset and close enough to Legacy to be acceptable to me. (I do like the single-hit bell with Legacy) .The photos below are of my UP set which is identical to what the poster is offering for a mere $500 shipped. For 3 scale F units.
The other locomotive offered (by the same seller) is available for $475 shipped. It has Legacy and is one of the Heritage series. This is likely a fair and reasonably good price for the piece. If so, the 3 unit Union Pacific F3 is a steal for only $25 more!
As nice as the new modern diesels are ( SD-70, AC-6000, SD-40 and the like) I still hesitate to spend $500+ for a single diesel unit... Guess I'm 'out of date'
Someone should grab that UP set, it's a beauty! I have mine pulling 9 K-Line UP 18" aluminum cars that are a very close match and make a beautiful ABBA passenger train.
Just look at the level of detail on this 19 year old F3. I plan to remove the big coupler and fix the pilot to greatly enhance the scale appearance but the basic unit is exceptional. Good job Lionel. And it has never had to be sent back... :-)