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Old 03-10-2011, 10:06 PM   #1
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American Made Trains & Accessories...

So I have been watching the Made in USA thing on ABC world news the last few nights and It has made me think what if any of our Model Trains and stuff and made in the Good Old U.S.A.?
I noticed a magazine add for NCE tagged Made in USA. Is this true? Manufactured elsewhere and Assembled in the US? We don't make too many electronics here.
I have noticed some Atlas products marked Made in U.S.A.
Is this true for all their products or just some?

It would be cool to do a Layout build Challenge using only Made in U.S.A. products.

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Old 03-10-2011, 10:19 PM   #2
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That's one reason why I like my Lionel pre/postwar stuff. Red, white, and blue all over!

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Old 03-10-2011, 10:26 PM   #3
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I am not sure if there are a lot of train products made in the U.S.A any more but I would rather have a China or Japenese made train that runs nice and smooth and quiet and well you get the picture than engines that are made in the U.S.A that run like a Tyco. I only say this since the U.S. is so far behind on makeing the motors and stuff here and with patent problems undoubtedly going to be an issue they would have to design new motors and set up whole new factorys to make them so the price on the trains now going from pretty pricey to unbeilievably insanley outrageously high. It would be nice but we are to far behind as i see it.
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Made overseas means more for my money.
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You also have to consider that these trains made in China,Japan, Germany, and Britian are not just the designs and ideas of those countries. The product must meet very strict guidlines and plans that the company having them produce like say Atlas must meet sees extreme control guidelines. So it is if you will more designed and produced in the U.S. than it is in those contries. They just put part A onto part B and so forth.
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Old 03-11-2011, 08:05 PM   #6
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I think that you are all missing CP's point!!
I do believe the only model train equipment made here is NCE.
My favorite decoders are NCE and NCE is an American company and there decoders are made in the good old USA!!! YEAAAAA!!!
Why do we send all of our hobby money to places other than in our own towns or back yards? It only makes good sense! If you give your neighbor a buck then he gives it back to you, you both win! I have no problem doing trade business with Canada because they follow the same rules and business practices as us. I do have a problem with doing business with our southern neighbor not out of any prejudice, Just out of them not following fair and descent business rules and policies. They extensively exploit their own people to better their own pockets!
Manufacturing business's have gone by the wayside because of people thinking that Foreign is cheaper and we live in such a throw away mind set that it's sickening! I want to buy something that lasts!! I don't mind paying a little more or a lot more if it's worth it and it's going to last! I am against foreign cars, why pay someone somewhere else to build something we can do ourselves!
This is of course just my opinion, and feel free to go on about your lives the way that you have and keep complaining about why there is no work here and why there is no money here and why everything you own is junk and falling apart!
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Gents,

While I have no problem with the "nationality politics" debate that ensued (the conversation had differing opinions, yet the dialog was civil), it wasn't really model train related. I moved a chunk of posts over to a new thread in the Union Station section. Please continue the "politics" dialog there, if needed.

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Wow that went for a loop!

So, I have noticed some Atlas products marked Made in U.S.A..

Is this true for all their products or just some? Anybody have the low down?
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Old 03-12-2011, 01:05 PM   #9
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Most is not made in USA but some is assembled and packaged.
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Old 03-13-2011, 03:08 AM   #10
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ACCURAIL = Made in U.S.A!
Elburn, Illinois to be exact about it.
http://www.accurail.com/accurail/index.htm


I do believe the time is coming when there will be no significant economic advantage to overseas production.

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