NEW pike-size passenger trains from Walthers...

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NEW pike-size passenger trains from Walthers...

Postby Amtrak207 » Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:27 pm

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Re: NEW pike-size passenger trains from Walthers...

Postby glennk419 » Tue Sep 08, 2015 2:20 pm

If you click down to the links for the individual items on the Walthers website, this project has apparently been cancelled without explanation.
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Re: NEW pike-size passenger trains from Walthers...

Postby Backshophoss » Tue Sep 08, 2015 4:24 pm

Due to a lack of pre-orders,and events over in China,Walters had to "shelve" the project for now. :( :(
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Re: NEW pike-size passenger trains from Walthers...

Postby Ken S. » Tue Sep 08, 2015 7:10 pm

Backshophoss wrote:Due to a lack of pre-orders,and events over in China,Walters had to "shelve" the project for now. :( :(


Maybe they should have looked into doing this project as part of the Mainline Series. The lower prices of Mainline vs. Proto would probably have generated more sales for these cars (Some of which weren't prototype to the railroads anyway. The Erie Lackawanna coach was more or less a repaint of the coach from the Capitol Limited.). I also would have used different locomotives for some of the roads.

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Re: NEW pike-size passenger trains from Walthers...

Postby Benjamin Maggi » Thu Oct 22, 2015 11:22 am

It would have helped if they had done more advertising in Model Railroader. I would have pre-ordered the D&H train if I had known about it, but only saw the link through this forum a month ago.
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Re: NEW pike-size passenger trains from Walthers...

Postby Benjamin Maggi » Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:50 am

At the recent Springfield, MA train show I talked with a representative of Walthers at their booth about these trains. I had barely gotten out "About the five pike-sized passenger trains...") when he started to shrug and had a sad expression on his face. He knew what I was going to ask. Apparently, Walthers received on average pre-orders equaling about 20% of the trains they were going to produce. They were expecting a lot more pre-orders, and when that didn't materialize they canceled the project. I didn't bother to ask him (I should have) if certain trains did better than others.

Searching the internet for this subject revealed many other threads on different forums from last summer discussing why they thought the trains were cancelled. It is a shame too, as the D&H one really looked neat. Oh well.
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