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Does anyone know if Menard's is going to offer any more locomotives? I purchased one of the Santa Fe phase 2 test models and am fairly happy with it. The bell and whistle are not great, but the rest of the loco is nice in my opinion. I would like to see a steamer or two offered.

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Maybe they could take over for Williams ...
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Thur or Fri a non-powered AT&SF was offered and it sold out in about 2 hours.
Unpowered is easy, it's just like another piece of rolling stock. It's when you add power and electronics that the wheels start to fall off. :D
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Maybe they could take over for Williams ...
That was my thought/wish too if Williams goes down. But I'm afraid it's just wishful thinking.
With their record they have doing they own locomotive, it would be a shame to see them foul up another brand….
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Unpowered is easy, it's just like another piece of rolling stock. It's when you add power and electronics that the wheels start to fall off. :D
I don't believe there was any issues with the Blue AT&SF power unit last issued, it was the unpowered unit that had the lighting issue blowing the fuse or whatever in the unpowered unit.
I for one had problems with the Beta 4 powered F unit. First time I powered it up, it idled nicely, but when I turned the dial it went dark and silent. It stayed that way every time I powered it up.
So did it ever move at all?
So did it ever move at all?
Yes. It went all the way to Wisconsin (but not on its own power) when I returned it for a refund.
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I wonder what they’re going to do with all those returned carcasses….?
Unpowered is easy, it's just like another piece of rolling stock. It's when you add power and electronics that the wheels start to fall off. :D
GRJ - You should be their technical advisor...
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Personally, I'd like to see another entry into the locomotive arena.

Lionel -- too big to fail; they know it and want to make sure that everyone else knows it (just look at their prices)
Williams -- not what it used to be
MTH -- at this point, who knows...
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So far, Menard's is the Yugo of locomotives. Rough analogy. Functional, but with some drawbacks. What folks want is the Toyota or Kia version :). I don't get the complaints over pricing. Like getting your knickers in a twist about people who buy high end Mercedes. Who cares and why? Take a look at the Lionel catalog from 1958 or so and you'll find sets for $25 and sets for $100. That was serious money back then.

The Lionel top of the line stuff is the equivalent of spending money on a BMW or Lexus. Some folks want that extra luxury and cachet and have the money to afford it. But the Honda or Subaru or similar equivalents cost tens of thousands less and are just as functional and safe. Likewise, a LionChief + loco will do most of the stuff the Big Boy can do. Command control, electrocouplers, etc. One quarter or one fifth the price. You want high end scale models? They are hand assembled and very complex, low volume. Be prepared to spend between $1200 and 2000, whether it's Lionel, MTH or 3rd Rail for steam locos of any size. If you want reasonably priced locos, Lionel has some LionChief locos in their catalog that have street prices of a couple of hundred dollars and rolling stock for 50 bucks or so. Not strikingly more than Menards.
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I wonder what they’re going to do with all those returned carcasses….?
Probably another version of the Rocket diner.

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Gotta admit, that would be cool! We wouldn’t have to look at those chrome trucks….😁
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Gotta admit, that would be cool! We wouldn’t have to look at those chrome trucks….😁
I like chrome on certain things, but yes, YUCK on the chrome trucks on the locomotives. (n)
We agree on something? :)
Can you believe it….? 😆
No Menards for me, and frankly with what I have on order or purchased in the last 4-6 years, I am set. There are still a few unicorns out there from MTH I don't have but I have plenty, duplicates in some case. So there is nothing Menards will offer in the next 5 years that will make me have to have it. I'll be 65 then, and considerations for budget would take over.

Menards has been quiet on the Locomotive scene for quite awhile and some of the last communications from them regarding warranty issues or whatever that might be called on Betas, is not promising.
Obviously, we want the next version to be nearly perfect. It may be 2023 when the next batch is complete. We will work on other liveries at that point. As always, road name suggestions are always welcomed!

-Mark the Menards Train Guy
Obviously, we want the next version to be nearly perfect. It may be 2023 when the next batch is complete. We will work on other liveries at that point. As always, road name suggestions are always welcomed!

-Mark the Menards Train Guy
How about a nice Milwaukee Road version. Don
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Gotta get them working first….
Menards has been quiet on the Locomotive scene for quite awhile and some of the last communications from them regarding warranty issues or whatever that might be called on Betas, is not promising.
I found the "stuff it" attitude that was described here recently to be somewhat troubling. That's the kind of thing that will bury a project like this in a hurry!
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