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Old 07-23-2019, 10:09 AM   #41
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Well I am taking a big time gamble and placed an order with Pats Trains for the BTO Northern Pacific Terminal S-2. I have not pre-ordered a Lionel loco for quite a while due to their quality issues, we shall see in a year or so if should have gambled at the casino instead.

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Old 07-23-2019, 11:53 AM   #42
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Well I am taking a big time gamble and placed an order with Pats Trains for the BTO Northern Pacific Terminal S-2. I have not pre-ordered a Lionel loco for quite a while due to their quality issues, we shall see in a year or so if should have gambled at the casino instead.

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I hear ya, Bill. The gamble we face with respect to lesser-known liveries is they might sell out -- or worse yet get cancelled -- if we don't pre-order. That's pretty much why I'm pre-ordering the Bethlehem Steel 0-6-0T, because it's a bit of a specialty roadname and not every big dealer is gonna order a half-dozen or dozen "extras". The street-price on this little guy is only a shade over $200, so I'm curious to see what Lionel delivers at that price point -- plus the fact that a Beth Steel offering has some sentimental significance for my days residing in the Lehigh Valley.

For anybody truly interested in a not-too-often produced specialty roadname, I certainly appreciate why one might be inclined to pre-order that kind of offering -- and hope for the best 12 months or so down the road.

As for the rest of my pre-orders from this catalog... after the excitement faded, I pared my initial "money is no object" wishlist down to just the KCS Flag LED boxcar, the P/E I-12 caboose, and a Bethlehem Steel 0-6-0T. Perhaps I might spring for the Blue Goose Santa Fe Northern, because I've really enjoyed the Santa Fe #3751 and #3759 already on my roster from a few years ago -- they're great engines with terrific Legacy Railsounds. And the new blue S.F. Northern should coordinate nicely with my full complement of MTH Blue Goose passenger cars from several years back. But that's a huge "maybe" at this point -- not to mention a pure "nice to have" item. So I may just wait that one out to see what's actually delivered instead of pre-ordering it.


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Old 07-23-2019, 11:59 AM   #43
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I'm not a gambler but nonetheless just ordered the PRR version hoping Lionel used the same tooling for this LC2.0+ Docksider that they used for their 2007 conventional Docksider so that it'll be fairly easy to replace this loco's PRR shell with a Strasburg Railroad shell from a 2007 conventional Docksider. I can only hope for the best possible outcome keeping the swap from becoming a herculean task.
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We are all gambling these days but I have faith. There was no other way but to pre-order Mr Muffins special run J3a Hudson. It's the one I've always wanted. Estimates for delivery are mid Sept to mid Oct. I'm hopping for Oct York so I can pick it up from Mr Muffin and walk it over to Harry for weathering. Maybe a test run in between would be wise.
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... Maybe a test run in between would be wise.
Check that, Gary. A test run is now a REQUIREMENT. And to think years ago I made lots of purchases (while I was traveling for a living in Corporate America) and just stashed them away into storage until my big dream layout was built. We just can't do that anymore. No way.

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Old 07-23-2019, 01:23 PM   #46
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When I pick up anything from Henning's, I turn from the counter and plop it on the track and give it a test run! I'd like to know it can at least do a ten minute run and all the features work before I take it home!
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Maybe we should organize a pool. Everyone who buys a dockside switcher puts in $10. The first one that runs more than six months gets the pot.

While my first thought was to make the pool pay the first one to break, it might be too difficult to determine who that winner might be. It could be a bigger rush than when gold was discovered in California.
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Maybe we should organize a pool. Everyone who buys a dockside switcher puts in $10. The first one that runs more than six months gets the pot.

While my first thought was to make the pool pay the first one to break, it might be too difficult to determine who that winner might be. It could be a bigger rush than when gold was discovered in California.
LOL, I checked em out but I will wait for the second run. I will let all the Beta Testers to work out the kinks on their layouts.

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Old 07-23-2019, 03:40 PM   #49
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For anybody truly interested in a not-too-often produced specialty roadname, I certainly appreciate why one might be inclined to pre-order that kind of offering -- and hope for the best 12 months or so down the road.

Nailed it Dave, I have never seen anything in the Northern Pacific Terminal. Figured if I did not pre-order I may not find a extra anywhere.

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I'm shooting the dice on the Docksider, it's a low risk thing at around $200 for them.
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