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Have 2 RF&P GP-40's in 2 rail coming.  And just ordered some C40-8's in 2 rail.  I'll find out tomorrow if they are going to show up. 

Special run MTH freight cars that I am doing...MTH will do them in 2 rail for me.   Its a very slow process... , but slowly getting orders in to them.  Part of the issue is that there are only certain freight cars available....only the ones  where the tooling hasnt been sold to someone else, or is not in negotiation.  Right now im just going after the models that are nice scale models (some are, and some arent, imho), and also not models  that are basically the same as an Atlas model thats already been made.   Im trying to get a list from MTH of whats available.  Many of what I consider their best, most detailed MTH cars, are no longer available to use for special runs.   I'll let everyone know what's coming up, as soon as i know something is actually going to go into production.    The only things that I know for sure right now, are the TRRA and IHB sw-1500's, and the BRW and M&E RS-1's .  Unfortunately, there are all 3 rail.    I was hoping MTH would do some 2 rail switchers for me, but no luck,.

Atlas....Pink covered hoppers, and Double plug door box cars are here.  Troop sleepers, converted troop cars, and Trinity 5161 covered hopper cars will be here in about a week.   I dont  have many extras on any of these things.  Next of the Atlas special runs should be the GATX 8000 gal tank cars, and the 40' international  containers

Now Im trying to get Atlas to put the SW8/9's on the front burner, so we can have some switchers in 2 rail again.     I'd like to put in for a special run of Atlas SW8's or 9's, but its a lot of money up front, nd I'll need support from the 2 railers.  My 1st inclination is to stick with the big roads..PRR, SF, SP, NYC.  2nd thought is to go with the smaller roads that were famous for their SW fleets...like IHB and LV.  

Please LMK what u think.  Remember if I get 50 ppl asking for 50 different roads, then this project is going nowhere.  I need to know what I can sell 50 pcs of, not 5.   There are plenty of roads I havent mentioned...and if u think they will sell in 2 rail, LMK.   MoPac, RI,  GN,  MEC, B&M, SOU, ACL.  I especially like doing shortlines ot terminal RRs that have a following.

Thanks, and be safe,

beth

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Hi Beth -

Thanks for keeping us up to date with all the new releases.

The main thing of interest to me in the list you presented is getting Atlas to do the SW switchers in 2 rail. I’m willing to do two in any of the following:

SP tiger stripe

T&P yellow and black

Any other Texas road (MoPac, KCS, T&P, Cotton Belt, or Frisco) in a 1950’s livery

Undecorated (a nice option for those wishing to paint in their own RR’s livery)

If I have to go with a line I’m not interested in, I’d be willing to do that if that’s what it takes to meet the order requirement.

Thanks again,

Kyle Evans (a very satisfied PDT customer)

... Now Im trying to get Atlas to put the SW8/9's on the front burner, so we can have some switchers in 2 rail again. ...

Do you get any feedback from Atlas about the SW switchers, Beth? Any sense that they could be announced in the not too distant future?

Seems to me that there must be much pent-up demand for them. Atlas just always gives me a friendly "we have no information at this time."

Thanks, Jim

@Kyle Evans posted:

Hi Beth -

Thanks for keeping us up to date with all the new releases.

The main thing of interest to me in the list you presented is getting Atlas to do the SW switchers in 2 rail. I’m willing to do two in any of the following:

SP tiger stripe

T&P yellow and black

Any other Texas road (MoPac, KCS, T&P, Cotton Belt, or Frisco) in a 1950’s livery

Undecorated (a nice option for those wishing to paint in their own RR’s livery)

If I have to go with a line I’m not interested in, I’d be willing to do that if that’s what it takes to meet the order requirement.

Thanks again,

Kyle Evans (a very satisfied PDT customer)

I’d be interested in 3 rail MP, TP, or Frisco.

@catnap posted:

Considering that Atlas canceled the last 2 runs of the SW Series (2014 & 2016) I would not expect to see these anytime soon, custom run or not.

Seven years and counting on the Master GP7's...

I don't know what Atlas is going to do with all of that MTH tooling. They can't even make their own models let alone somebody else's.

Probably the more optimistic part of the recent MTH tooling acquisitions that gives hope on Atlas' ability to follow through on better production is that Atlas also acquired access to the MTH factory and not just the MTH tooling and molds.  MTH seemed to be able to move things along and make new tooling at a much better pace.  Now... how this translates to brining completely new products to market is still a question but at least there might be a headlight at the end of the tunnel.   

Also part of the deal with MTH, Atlas became a licensee of the MTH's Proto Sound 3 electronics so expect their future 2 Rail locos to have Proto 3 sound and drop the ESU Loksound DCC support that some of their recent motive power offerings came pre-equipped with.   This will allow Atlas to use just one electronics board for both 2 Rail and 3 Rail models and probably be cheaper for Atlas overall. 

Scott

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