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PRR T-1 (someday by BLI)
IM made cab forwards from AC-8 to AC-12. The AC-9 was built by Lima and was actually a normal steam locomotive, not cab forward.
Why? I think because it is quite difficult (and expensive) to design, produce, and assemble a smooth-running and good-looking N scale steam engine. Much more difficult than the larger scales. It is much easier to make Diesel locos - much fewer moving parts which need to be kept in perfect alignment and much fewer tiny delicate details to add to make it look good.Because of that, steam models are usually much more expensive than Diesels, and the number of N scale modelers willing to buy those locos is tiny compared to H0. SO, it is not a very profitable proposition for the manufacturers.European modelers are luckier - there is a much wider range of N steam loco models available out there. But many of them are simply improved reissues of older designs. European manufacturers were always more active in steam loco production that US manufacturers. Maybe because 1:1 steam locos in Europe were in use much longer than in US.BTW, didn't Intermountain produce AC-9s?
The road specific stuff seems to sell well, be it large or small. Several dealers and vendors have told me that B-mann's EM-1 outsold the Kato GS-4 and Athearn Challenger combined. That surprised me, given that a challenger still runs, as does a GS-4 whereas all the EM-1s are now licence plates and screen doors. B-mann's K-4 appears to have sold well, as has the Big Boy and FEF.
We therefore end up in a situation where the USRA classes get made and the really notable classes get made and everything else gets overlooked. That's why there are Big Boys and K4s and cab forwards, but no one is making something like a Central Vermont 2-10-4.