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I will be ordering the prototype version, although I have the complete original set, that actually works well.

If they make it, that is, I know that Lionel stated they would never make it again as part of there sales pitch for the original model.

Although, this model is somewhat different, in that it does not have automatic opening doors, but rather manual doors and passive tilt instead of automatic.  Maybe that's enough of a difference for Lionel to say its not the same.

@Fredstrains posted:

The ONLY indication I’ve seen about the ACELA possibly being made is the front cover of the NEW Catalog shown on Mr Muffins website!!

There are videos if you look of folks flipping through the pages.  Also some pics that were removed were posted in the catalog thread that been going.  Yep the cat is out of the bag big time.  The dealers are handing out catalogs and people are posting all about it so there is really no sense in Lionel waiting but they will.

Lately Lionel has been unable to keep it under wraps until release day.  Seems the last 5 or 6 catalogs have been all over the internet by the time it was released.

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@vash44 posted:

I'm very interested in the MR Acela as well as the Polar Express one. The SWFB scheme is very nice as well!

I'm a big Polar guy, even bought the Tri-Polar (Polar Bi-Polar) to run the PE freight, BUT they lost me on the Acela.  That's OK though I think folks will buy it.  They just need to keep some more freight cars coming.  I think the Scale coaches though have reached their limit.

@MartyE posted:

I'm a big Polar guy, even bought the Tri-Polar (Polar Bi-Polar) to run the PE freight, BUT they lost me on the Acela.  That's OK though I think folks will buy it.  They just need to keep some more freight cars coming.  I think the Scale coaches though have reached their limit.

I would like to see more coaches (for selfish reasons). I like crazy long trains. I do agree 110% that they do need to keep pumping out freight cars.

@vash44 posted:

I would like to see more coaches (for selfish reasons). I like crazy long trains. I do agree 110% that they do need to keep pumping out freight cars.

I think I'm at 8 coaches and I'm waiting on the Hobo Car.  In the new catalog are 2 sleepers.  I may get one but that's about it.  With that I'll be pulling 10 cars.  Still would like another run of the N5 Caboose.  Waiting on the Bay Window.

Currently I have...

  • Baggage
  • Combo
  • Abandoned Toys
  • Dinner
  • Sound Dinner (won't even call it the Hot Chocolate car)
  • 15th Anniversary Coach
  • Coach
  • Observation
  • RPO (wrong color hopefully corrected soon)
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@MichRR714 posted:

I'm afraid a Milwaukee Road Acela isn't exciting to me as a Milwaukee Road modeler.  The fantasy schemes have taken control of the Lionel catalog and I think it's a bit much.

You hit it on the head.  My thought is that they found the Verandah and Acela tooling and decided to go with the extra schemes.  As I mentioned earlier, what will be manufactured with so many choices.  By how the catalog is being decribed, it almost is a statement that we are here, MTH is on its way.  I look forward to receiving my copy.

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