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Old 11-11-2019, 11:20 AM   #11
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Don't forget the Platinum series, and now Proto series, produced by Walthers that are wood sided.....very nicely detailed, at a very affordable price, if you can find them now....
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Old 11-13-2019, 12:55 PM   #12
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I looked at the link for the $109 model and the first thing that jumped out at me is how shiny the plastic looks, it looks like a toy. The first thing I would have to do is dirty it up.
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Old 11-13-2019, 02:09 PM   #13
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Can somebody tell me why the cabooses have a msrp of $109 and $149?

A caboose with a light in it at a msrp of $109.00, who is kidding who?

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It's not just a caboose with a light in it.

Look at the details on the new caboose plus the long list of features (especially road-specific features) on the Athearn page(s).

It's multiple body variations matching specific roads.
It's lots of extra fine details (full underframe details, fine ladders, wire grabs, see-through deck and step grating, etched window screens (where appropriate), other road-specific details, etc.)
It's lighting controlled with DCC function decoders.
It's optional sound (i.e. diesel power generator) for the $149 version.

Compared to the $30 version which has only basic chunkier detail, tooling from several decades ago.
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Old 11-13-2019, 04:20 PM   #14
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Yep, scale grabs, railings, ladders, brakewheels, smokejack supports, etc. Plus MU hoses and lift bars.
A lotta' detail there, that only scratch builders think of.
Only caveat is those awful McHenry couplers... but that's a quick-fix.
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Old 11-13-2019, 04:55 PM   #15
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Plus MU hoses
Train line air brake hose, not MU hoses.
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Old 11-13-2019, 05:28 PM   #16
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I realize I'm cheap, and my finances dictate that, but I'd have a serious discussion with myself to buy a $149 loco, let alone a caboose! Super-detail isn't that important to me (luckily), so I'd buy something a LOT less expensive.
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Old 11-13-2019, 09:50 PM   #17
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I realize I'm cheap, and my finances dictate that, but I'd have a serious discussion with myself to buy a $149 loco, let alone a caboose! Super-detail isn't that important to me (luckily), so I'd buy something a LOT less expensive.
I have to agree with fire21, there is no way I would pay what Athearn is asking. Is it a nice caboose? Yes! But not for me. My last loco was only 150.00 with dcc and sound. $149 for a caboose? I think not.

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Old 11-13-2019, 10:16 PM   #18
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In my humble opinion that is highway robbery. That’s the price of some reasonable quality locomotives. I like cabooses don’t get me wrong but I won’t be buying one anytime soon
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Old 11-13-2019, 10:38 PM   #19
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Good thing you aren't modeling European...you'd die of sticker shock on everything.
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Old 11-14-2019, 10:46 AM   #20
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Good thing you aren't modeling European...you'd die of sticker shock on everything.
Why exactly is that? I realize we’re veering off the thread here, but what is the reason that European models are so much more expensive?
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