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And, of course the MTH model has the standard HT-C trucks. Cuts down on model tooling costs. Thanks for the info Jonathan.

I have a Weaver SD40-2 that I stole most of the parts out of.  I am going to use the side-frames on one of my MTH FP45s that is painted in Amtrak as the SDP40F had HT-c trucks.  Part of my quest to make it a slightly more accurate model.e

When I did the work on the 3rd Rail / Sunset SD40-2s I was going to use the Conrail details for the CSX version, Flexcoil trucks and all, but interest wasn't there so the CSX ones are former B&O units.

Back to your Lionel wish list!

I would be interested in seeing more 21" passenger car offerings, but I have a LOT of passenger cars as it is.  

@Will Ebbert posted:

Surely another run of F40s is in order soon. People need power for their Ski Train cars and I wouldn't mind a Cascades cabbage. 20211229_094022

I’m assuming there might very well be some Legacy F40’s in the new catalog. Ryan K. did say earlier this year during a live stream that there will be some F40 units coming to go along with the Ski Train passenger cars that have just come out! If not this one, perhaps the Vol. 2 later this year.

I very much like the Amtrak and New Haven versions of the FL9 diesels pictured a few posts earlier.  Does that mean they are already recently built rather than "wished for" in the 2022 catalog?  They'd sure look good next to the AA set of New Haven Legacy PA diesels I opened Christmas morning! (and the matching 6 New Haven passenger cars scheduled to ship to me in May 2022).

Newly returning to model RRs after 40+ year lull, I am first interested in the trains I have seen the most in real life.  But probably as years go by and I read more RR history, I will also look to steam power.  Now back to building my track!

I truely understand that the 3rd Rail locomotives are great models and very true to the prototype.  At the same time, they are marketed to a higher end group of modelers. While Lionel can be pricey, they are still cheaper then most of the 3rd Rail models, and offer features that 3rd Rail does not (Bluetooth and whistle steam as an example).  

I don’t want this to derail the thread. What I am trying to say is that the O Scale market is probably capable of supporting the same or similar models from both manufacturers. I don’t believe Lionel and 3rd Rail are necessarily competing for the same buyers.

Just my two cents.

I truely understand that the 3rd Rail locomotives are great models and very true to the prototype.  At the same time, they are marketed to a higher end group of modelers. While Lionel can be pricey, they are still cheaper then most of the 3rd Rail models, and offer features that 3rd Rail does not (Bluetooth and whistle steam as an example).  

I don’t want this to derail the thread. What I am trying to say is that the O Scale market is probably capable of supporting the same or similar models from both manufacturers. I don’t believe Lionel and 3rd Rail are necessarily competing for the same buyers.

Just my two cents.

Agreed. Most of the 3rd rail have fixed pilots, which require o72, which most of us don’t have.

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