I think there is a reason that we have never seen a rerelease F9 from Lionel/American Flyer - and that is just fine by me, I have seen them in person at train shows and never had a desire I pick one up. IF that tooling is still around, I hope it is nothing more than a paper weight for Lionel.
I want the Baldwin with FC/BT. If Lionel can fit it into the docksider, then they could certainly get it into the Baldwin. I know it’s not a faithful copy of the VO1000, but I really dig it. The last run of Baldwin’s I think were in production before the “let’s go all LionChief/FlyerChief” mentality took over at Lionel. I am going to guess, that since they did not sell well, we might see a break before Lionel produces them again. (Even though, in my opinion, they were a lack luster offering when everything else in the catalog had FC and BT). And I DO think a Baldwin RTR set is the way to go.
Lionel has stated that they are done with conventional sets. All LC from now on (and I think it’s smart). If the Baldwins had the FC/BT capabilities I would have been all over my normal road names.
As for the mikados and pacifics, I don’t think we will see them again, I can not see Lionel paying the tooling cost all over again to make something that is already in the market (even if they are getting harder to find - that mikado was wonderful!).
I guess there is the possibility of a FC Challenger?
I would like to see some of the PAs with BT, but again, Lionel just run the largest single cataloged batch, and there was a decent flow of them before the 2017 catalog as well.
We should only have another month or so before we know what’s in store for 2018 and American Flyer.