These new 400e’s had already been made but they were not painted. There were not that many of them. MTH spoke with several large tinplate dealers to see if they were interested in a short run (10 locomotives) with the paint schemes of their choice. I first heard about this from Pat at Patrick’s Trains when I was in his store several months ago.
These are the last 400E’s we are going to see for a long while. MTH cannot get these produced unless the demand for these increase. I love standard gauge and the 400e’s (I own 4 of them). I started a standard gauge group in the Roanoke Valley Model Railroad Club. Of course I am disappointed to see the tinplate offerings coming to an end. It’s been a great run and I want to publically thank MTH for the many great tinplate offerings they have produced for us. They continued to support this end of the hobby when everyone else walked away from it.