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MT cancels MOW cabeese
« on: April 03, 2007, 10:22:27 PM »
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The BLW site reports that MT have cancelled the limited run of MOW cabeese.

That should get the tongues wagging.

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Re: MT cancels MOW cabeese
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2007, 09:26:01 AM »
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They are just trying to make sure everyone gets P-O'ed equally.

 First they decide to hose the collectors that spent $150 or more on a Table Top Set in order to get the MOW caboose (or $50+ for one that somebody removed from a set and auctioned off by itself) by announcing it will now after all these years of limited availability, they would be released individually with a street price of about $13.50. 

Then they hose the dealers buy telling them they were going to be “allocated” and some would get some and some would not.

Then they hose the everyone, collectors and runners alike, that thought they had a chance to finally get one at a decent price, and had placed orders, by cancelling the whole deal.

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Re: MT cancels MOW cabeese
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2007, 09:46:03 AM »
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I don't give a hoot! :P



But I have to admit, it really makes them look stupid to announce and cancel them within a seven day period ... ::)
« Last Edit: April 04, 2007, 10:09:56 AM by NandW »

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Re: MT cancels MOW cabeese
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2007, 10:41:59 AM »
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Funny,
I can't find any other e-tailer claming that they are cancelled except BLW. There are still on the MTL site for upcoming release. So what REALLY gives???

Nelson, I like your points. If true, it shows that MTL is not using the gray matter the same way thay have in the past. Not saying that the change is bad, just different.

I have always hoped that MTL would produce a good car for a good value without any tricks or chicanery. Then I saw the $35 PanAm car. Oh Well, that's a different thread...

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Re: MT cancels MOW cabeese
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2007, 12:07:40 PM »
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BTW, what prototype does that caboose body represent again?

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Re: MT cancels MOW cabeese
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2007, 02:07:42 PM »
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Missouri Pacific / Texas and Pacific if I recall correctly.  The wide windows of the cupola are the spotting feature.  It's legit for those roads and a compromise for any other releases.


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Re: MT cancels MOW cabeese
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2007, 03:42:24 PM »
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Thanks George!

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Re: MT cancels MOW cabeese
« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2007, 12:15:33 AM »
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Its nothing special that they canceled it. Micro trains needs to make bring back the 89 foot flats not keep reprinting the same models every month.
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Re: MT cancels MOW cabeese
« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2007, 02:51:03 AM »
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    They are probably saving them to repaint sliver and use in their reciently announched M O W Ballist Train. Ha Ha ! The huge windows on this TP /MP car cry out for somone to do a cast resin interrior like Deluxe  did for the Wood CA 1 caboose. Nate Goodman (Nato). Salt Lake, Utah .

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Re: MT cancels MOW cabeese
« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2007, 08:00:45 AM »
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Its nothing special that they canceled it. Micro trains needs to make bring back the 89 foot flats not keep reprinting the same models every month.

I assume you mean body styles, not models.  I have a theory on this.  I believe that they bodies are mass produced with the aim of several releases on the same body style coming out over the course of a few months, including both regular runs and commissioned Special Runs (such as those from Joint Line N Scale and BLW, for example). 

Then the molds go back into storage for a while.

I think MTL has gotten quite an earful about 89 foot flat cars; however when there was a proposal to commission a special run a few months back, that died on the vine when it seemed there were many opinions as to what they should look like and no real consensus, making the project too risky.

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Re: MT cancels MOW cabeese
« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2007, 08:33:30 AM »
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Then the molds go back into storage for a while.

I think MTL has gotten quite an earful about 89 foot flat cars; however when there was a proposal to commission a special run a few months back, that died on the vine when it seemed there were many opinions as to what they should look like and no real consensus, making the project too risky.


George, this is an interesting concept to put forth. IF, M-T (or any company) was really listening to N scale modelers, it is up to that company to determine/interpret the comments made and then make a business decision. THE company has to determine what the consensus is - us modelers will put forth a thousand ideas on one body style - that's what we are suppose to do. COMPANIES take RISKS based on their research -...well, some do.......

It maybe that there is more of a ROI for M-T from the Z scale market and the continued Fantasy series of models ? - than the old molds.....and there is only so much production capacity, so ...........

IF, M-T got an earful, I bet they will get to the 89' flats- in their time.  I would expect the standard, past issued versions in new schemes/numbers designed to carry two 40' trailers and/or containers. I would not foresee any changes in the molds - AS - there seems to be more 89' flats on the horizon - specifically, I feel that Atlas will bring their TOFC flat to N scale (now in O & HO) with more modern arrangements of the hitches, etc. And, possibly another flatcar  entry into the N scale intermodal field.

oh, but this could be another thread...wait, ...it has been  ;)


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Re: MT cancels MOW cabeese
« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2007, 09:06:01 AM »
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Maybe they urgently need them for an upcoming "Popsicle Pete" or "Allergies of Spring" collector set.

More mysterious than the fact they've been cancelled is the fact that anyone on the Railwire cares.

They really need to re-run the 89' flats for Trailer Train/TTX... not for Smokey or Hersheys.
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Re: MT cancels MOW cabeese
« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2007, 09:22:09 AM »
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the 89' flats (existing tooling) seem like a "no brainer" to me. These things command premium prices on the 2nd hand market.

I am still hopeful that I'll see the fruits of my many requests to M-T in one of the runner packs. Still, they manage to baffle me by re-running an N&W flat (I assume they were deluged with requests for these? ???).

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Re: MT cancels MOW cabeese
« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2007, 04:16:50 PM »
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Someone on "A" illuded to the fact that the cancellation is an April's Fool prank by MTL. I had been in contact with Eric on another matter so I posed the question directly to him for clarification. If I get any answer... Fruedian pause ... I will pass Eric's reply along.

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Re: MT cancels MOW cabeese
« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2007, 10:28:16 PM »
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AS - there seems to be more 89' flats on the horizon - specifically, I feel that Atlas will bring their TOFC flat to N scale (now in O & HO) with more modern arrangements of the hitches, etc. And, possibly another flatcar  entry into the N scale intermodal field.


Steve, I've never seen these in Ho or O. I just looked on their website and maybe I missed them, any pics?