Re: Necessary Freight cars (UNCLASSIFIED)
Gatwood, Elden J SAD
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It may be reality, or just blather.
I know modelers and layout builders that have HUNDREDS of hoppers, all less
than state-of-the-art, and ALL of them tell me they'd buy dozens of RTR cars,
IF they were offered. Yes, they each have good numbers of Kadee twins (which
we all LOVE), but honestly, if you're not modeling the RDG (or C&I, GA etc.),
just how many do you need? Most coal road modelers are ACHING for their pet
hopper to be made in RTR plastic. Trouble is, most of them are one-road
cars, or small road cars.
When Bowser came out with the PRR H21A, in singles, six-packs and 12-packs,
they couldn't keep them on the shelf. Now they've reached saturation. Folks
just don't need them with all they currently own.
Could someone produce an RTR H21A/E with state-of-the-art details, and would
it sell well enough to re-coup? Absolutely. Do manufacturers believe this?
Those we've spoken with say no. I say they are missing a big opportunity.
One of these days one of them will bite, and off to the races.
It'd be the same with a GLA, an X31A, and several other PRR freight cars.
Each road has its examples.
I also believe an alternate standard offset twin would sell, and yet we don't
even have a resin kit....but we do for a chisel-side IC offset twin?
P.S. There is one resin manufacturer doing EXTREMELY well off a niche
market. Anyone want to guess who that is?
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Subject: [STMFC] Re: Necessary Freight cars (UNCLASSIFIED)
Sheer puzzlement about hoppers being slow sellers. As a coal road modeler I
can see that most modelers would only buy one road's hoppers. But they are
slightly more than half of all the cars on my layout. Should be more, but I
can't resist the occasional oddball boxcar you know.
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ditto Bowser. Intermountain I haven't talked to about it, oddlycoal hopper.
Hendrickson won't buy any of them.