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Re: Did Athearn do a good job?

Posted by WillD on Wed May 16 01:44:02 2012, in response to Re: Did Athearn do a good job?, posted by Rockparkman on Tue May 15 05:34:09 2012.

We've always had that. From Overland Brass and other importers. Making them in plastic doesn't make MTH's units in any way better than those units.

Athearn's move toward more expensive units is bad, but MTH's HO models are so expensive you'd be a fool to use them regularly on a layout, especially one that requires any sort of handling of the equipment in staging or fiddle yards. They're only suited to droning endlessly around thoroughly un-prototypical loop layouts because anyone who plunks down $300 on a hood unit is going to be afraid to touch the damn thing.

Athearn's new ridiculously expensive units only serve to further reduce the accessibility of the hobby. Where will kids get $20-40 SW7s and SDP40s (Complete with C&NW paint!) that I ran my little 4'x8' line with? Hell, what ever happened to dummy units? I don't care if I can shell out $400 for a pretty looking unit, that's nothing new. What I want is something that I can buy relatively cheap, make mistakes with, and not be out hundreds of dollars in the process. That's the way you're going to grow the hobby in the coming decade, not making ridiculously expensive wastes of money.

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