So . . . . we’ve heard previously from Rapido that multiple car sets are cost losers but here again the Tempo Train with a five car set. The passenger cars are of different window arrangement, requiring different parts tooling, right?
So . . . . why do we hear Rapido can’t do more than one New Haven stainless steel passenger car type at a time? How about the combine, grill, diner and observation in sets and individual cars all next at the same time rather than over the next eight years. I could be dead by then if I have to wait that long.
Did I mention the stainless steel sleepers.
Although this was sort of answered before, and I’m not a stakeholder in Rapido, I can tell you that a big difference between NH multi-car sets and Canadian ones are the market.
Since CP and CN are country-wide railroads, they present a much bigger market than a one-road US train. Walthers has explored the possibility of a complete New Haven train and it has always been a non-starter due to lack of sufficient interest.
The Canadian train market is a bit different too. Many modelers up north have felt that Canadian models are underrepresented. In addition, they are used to (although not always happy with) such models being more expensive, since most manufacturers are US-based and also charge a higher price in Canada due to the USD/CAD exchange rates.
Another factor for a railroad like the New Haven is that only a portion of NH modelers need the name trains. If you’re not modeling the Shoreline, then those trains are optional. While I would consider purchasing the Clipper, Merchants, or another name train as a display, the fact is that my budget needs to go towards what I do need for my layout. Of course, I’d expect Chris would have one anyway, since he has Saybrook on the layout and anyone of those are must-have trains.
While the same can be said for Candian modelers, it just appears that they are willing to spend the money on the mainline trains.
Another example is the Con-Cor Comet. A reasonably affordable and well done model. The initial announcement indicated they would release the second scheme in the second run. But a combination of the first run not selling as well as expected (so I’ve heard), and not nearly enough orders for the second run, the project just disappeared. My understanding is that their other streamline train set models did very well.
Having said that, as long as Rapido continues to get good sales making New Haven stuff, they will continue to do so, especially when it can tie into larger projects like the RS-11.
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