Denny, I have the PS3.0 Union Pacific GM Aerotrain and extra coaches from a previous catalog. While it's a good looking engine and set, unless you add a pound or more weight to the engine it's a poor puller once extra coaches are added to the original set.I like the GM Aerotrain and the Alco PA.
Yep, when ordering new if you don't order when offered you may not get another chance unless it is a UP Bigboy that seems to show up every year or two.Order got placed yesterday. With the last 2 catalogs I have well over $5000 in orders and $1500 on account at the dealer/hobby store. I hope MTH is reading this. In addition to that in the past 2 years I have easily dropped $12,000 on O Scale stuff on ebay - Lionel and MTH orders and buildings, etc.
I've done the research for the most part. Meaning I know what will and will likely not be available in O Scale in the next few years. I'm 56. I know I should budget, but if I pass on an item, from my monitoring of catalogs now over the last few years, I won't see it come around until much later if ever, depending on the new landscape of reduced new item purchasing.
Rolling stock is a bit different. I am buying up Lionel 60 foot box cars for less than sold new, even with shipping, and generally do not feel like I am missing critical pieces.
Passenger cars are also different. I need passenger car consists for my Milwaukee Road DL109's, I need a passenger consist for my Burlington Route E3's and E's, and I need locomotives for my Union Pacific passenger cars. I need a solid Golden State passenger consist.