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ljudice

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Kato F3's coming in EL (I mean UP)
« on: April 13, 2007, 10:53:49 PM »
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Just when I was starting to wonder if I would EVER be able to obtain more UP Kato F3's they go and announce them today!!!  What luck!

Sure am glad I'm not one of those suckers waiting for more NS C44(0)-9W's or CSXT SD40-2's!!!





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Re: Kato F3's coming in EL (I mean UP)
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2007, 11:36:54 PM »
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Re: Kato F3's coming in EL (I mean UP)
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2007, 11:52:10 PM »
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Sure am glad I'm not one of those suckers waiting for more NS C44(0)-9W's or CSXT SD40-2's!!!


Or an Eastern road... ::)
I WANNA SEE THE BOAT MOVIE!

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Re: Kato F3's coming in EL (I mean UP)
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2007, 11:54:31 PM »
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I couldn't help myself...  I went to the Contact Kato link and provided the following insight under the heading "Why I gave up on Kato"

I model the Western Maryland Railway in N scale.  Other than the GP-35
that was jointly marketed by Atlas in the mid 1980's, Kato has never
issued a single accurate model of a WM prototype.
All of your recent releases have focused on western roads, none of
which are of interest to me.
I would have liked to have gotten some F-7's, but these haven't been
produced in more than a decade, and when they do come, they trickle in
wearing nothing but Santa Fe and Union Pacific.  Undecs are unavailable
or impossible to find.
Thank God Intermountain offers a good F-7 model.  Now I don't have to
wait until the next generation to round out my WM fleet.
Whoever does your market research should unfold the rest of the U.S.
map.  There IS life east of Chicago.

As it is, I own two Kato SD-40's, which I was able to paint into the
early black Western Maryland scheme.  These are fine locomotives, and I
enjoy running them. 

But until I see that Kato is making an effort to meet the needs of
eastern road modelers (not just CSX, by the way...) then my hobby dollars
will be gleefully spent elsewhere.

Thank you for taking a moment to read this before placing it in your
shredder.

Lee


I wonder if it will evoke a response...
Lee
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Lee Weldon www.wmrywesternlines.net

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Re: Kato F3's coming in EL (I mean UP)
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2007, 01:22:23 AM »
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I am actually surprised they did not release them in BNSF colors...   :P

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Re: Kato F3's coming in EL (I mean UP)
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2007, 06:29:09 AM »
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I'm sure the west coast people don't mind, but most of the railroad trackage in the US is on the right side.

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Re: Kato F3's coming in EL (I mean UP)
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2007, 10:14:56 AM »
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I model the Western Maryland Railway in N scale...

All of your recent releases have focused on western roads, none of
which are of interest to me.
You're just going to confuse them Lee - WM: a Western railroad that's East of Chicago ???

You should cut Kato a little slack - it's not easy to go east from Chicago w/out going through Gary, IN - that puts a lot of people off ;D

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Re: Kato F3's coming in EL (I mean UP)
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2007, 10:31:33 AM »
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I'm sure the west coast people don't mind, but most of the railroad trackage in the US is on the right side.
Maybe that's part of the 'problem': with so much eastern trackage, & so many railroads to choose from, it may be easier to target the western railroads that are more 'internationally' recognised thanks to Hollywood & the whole 'romantic image' associated with the pioneering head west...

Doesn't stop Märklin though:
even if it is HO, not N
« Last Edit: April 14, 2007, 06:14:48 PM by tokenbrit »

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Re: Kato F3's coming in EL (I mean UP)
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2007, 11:43:05 PM »
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Kato needs to get a clue. Being on the west coast all this stuff is great, but I send trains all over the country/world and I just don't understand why they continue to ignore such a large portion of the modeling community. It really baffles my mind. Talk about leaving money on the table....If Atlas and InterMountain can produce models for all sectors of the country I don't see why Kato can't. Very frustrating.



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Re: Kato F3's coming in EL (I mean UP)
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2007, 09:08:07 AM »
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Here is my letter to them:

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After looking at page after page of releases, I have to wonder. Will Kato ever release anything other then BNSF or UP?  I model an eastern railroad. I feel that your company has ignored eastern railroads to the point of discrimination. I do not undertsand why, many other model railroad companies make money releasing models in PRR, Conrail, even the tiny Bay Colony.

I understand Kato resources are somewhat limmited, but we are talking roads like CSX and New York Central. These are not unpopular roads. The frustration gets even worse when Kato releases important models like the SD40, SD45 and SD40-2 and then completely ignores the majority of those engines owners. Worse still is that the N scale market is small enough that when a major manufacturer releases an engine, other manufacturers seem to shy away from duplicating it. Thus, most of the modeling public have to do without these models!

This all feels very insulting. I have asked for models before such as Comet II/Horizon passenger cars. I know those will never come, but what on earth is peventing you from producing an SD40-2 in Conrail? Seriously, is a UP F3 as imaginative as you get?

Frustrated and dissapointed,
Dan Leavitt
« Last Edit: April 15, 2007, 09:09:53 AM by daniel_leavitt2000 »
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