Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Well, the above is all of the new Tinplate from the Lionel catalog. A Lionel Christmas set. Go out and take a look at the catalog for another (better) shot of it.
All told, the catalog is mediocre at best. It's a yawner. Hey, they have the new GG1! Ok, so that's been done (alot) before. They also have exciting new roadnames of the GP-7. Yawn, been done before. They also have a ton of new electronic gizmos to further enchance the running of trains! And if your brother in law or family member is an electrician, maybe you can get them installed and decypher how to use them.
By the way, I am going to ask this "Conventional Classics"? Why? To compete with Bachmann or low end MTH? Wow.
Conventional Classis is truly is one of the worst marketing attempts at branding I've seen or heard in a long time. It's like calling a Batman Villian "the Mediocre Menace". And worse, it's already been done by Jerry Williams.
Look, I still like Lionel but they're going to have to come into the 21st Century both with their product direction and with some kind of understanding of their demographics. Did the spirit of Gary Moreau creep back into Lionel headquarters somewhere? I'm not going to hide my disappointment at the non-existent tinplate offerings but do we have to see the same postwar crap vomited up every year as well?
I'll leave one ray of hope open, I did like the MTA offering. I also would love to see Lionel keep evolving products like the Harry Potter Train and Acela. The Acela is the kind of innovation that makes the catalog worth looking at. The 101 Trolley was our mini-ray of hope for tinplate people.
How many UP Boxcars or Christmas sets have we all seen floating around train shows or hobby stores?
They can do better than reheated Postwar.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
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Go check it out, it is worth the five whole minutes!
Monday, July 14, 2008
I saw a great article in an old TTOS Bulletin on Scratchbuilding Standard Gauge. I'll scan it in and get it posted!
Check out the pic! Wow, very nice!
Just check out the detail in this city:
Hah! And you thought uncoupling a couple of 200 series freights was a hassle! Check out these couplers!
I have to admit, Paris has a nice train station. At one point long before any of us were born Grand Central in NYC had a canopy much similar to this. This one reminded me very much of the Ives Glass Domed stations... There were some major slimy people in the station that attempted to rip me off and pick my pockets. Not gonna happen....
Check out this Youtube I took of the working ship lock.