Very nice. If I remember correctly the third rail model that you bought was with the intention of having it be a shelf queen! So now that you have sold it must mean that you have some empty space on your shelves?
I would like the get the UP version but the cars are near impossible to find. I asked Mike about doing E7s in early NYC colors since he did a E6 in the same colors but I am pretty sure he doesn't want to do new molds for E7s.
"... and nearly 6 million took the full tour through its exhibits, where they saw appliances, conveniences, ..."
Sounds like this was the prelude to GM's pavilion at the 1964 New York World's Fair. I was six at the time and only recall General Electric's "display of progress" based on the everyday advancements and conveniences of electricity in the home.
Those do look nice. I think MTH cataloged those e-8's as having the silver strip on the side as "plated". I cancelled my preorder because they didn't come through that way (at least that is what I was told by MTH). I have not seen those E-8's until now, thanks for posting. BTW, just guessing, Will the passenger cars be plated? I am guessing....NO
While 3rd Rail does make some gorgous stuff, if you're into running your trains, you'll get more modern electronics and features with MTH or Lionel. 3Rd Rail is hobbled by the fact that it can only get TMCC and not Legacy features.
Cool locomotives Lee. I am a sucker for EMD car body locomotives. Just a note, the picture was taken in San Diego. The depot is still in use. The Bekins building in the background is still there, but I believe it's apartments now.
I also have the 3rd Rail ToT and at the time could not justify ordering the MTH version. However, as you and others have mentioned, MTH wins out on the running and sound abilities. I will be studying your pictures of the engines and the passenger cars before I decide on trying to grab a MTH set as well.
One day I do want to set up a Tot, AeroTrain, and Futurliner display with throngs of people checking these trains out. I really get into what these represented at a time when there was so much excitement about the future.
I bought a 3rd Rail Southern Pacific AC-9 locomotive. It was beautiful. But right out of the box it had problems. The biggest one was that it had a dead short. I couldn't figure where the short was without disassembly, so I sent it back to the dealer. I ended up buying a Lionel Legacy version of the AC-9. While not quite as detailed, it looks great. Not to mention it runs and sounds like a champ, plus has whistle steam.