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I am a big fan of the trains, and TLG has released some good ones (obviously, the Emerald Night come to mind). I also like the engine for the new cargo train #60052, and have purchased only the engine and specific cars that I like from eBay. I'll probably pick up a full sealed set when funds are available. Anyway, the engine for #60052 looks like its inspiration was taken from a CSX or BNSF/Santa Fe train (see image below). In fact, they have stickers for these available on eBay. I also went ahead and ordered (from BL) the parts to remove the Lego motor and have just a standard wheels on the back of the train. It looks great...
That said, I'm not a big fan of what TLG has released train-wise since the EN. The Maersk and the model described above #60052 are pretty decent, but the HE and new high-speed trains don't really interest me. I would be interested in an older train such as the Orient Express shown below. In fact, I would be interested in any older train version that TLG released as long as it had significant detail (like the EN). And because I like to just show the models (not operate them), I wouldn't have a problem with a UCS version of a train (larger than the standard Lego tracks) for viewing purposes.
But like everyone else on this thread, I am always interested (and tend to show my interest with money) in anything "Lego train."
Of course it will never happen, even in 2030.
More to the point, as the Winter Village Market arches showed, they're more than happy to reproduce a piece in high demand, and even give it as a reason for its inclusion.
However I believe that LEGO has phased out that 1x4x3 'train' window (like seen on #10194) from production entirely. If this is the case you may see LEGO use existing tan 1x4x3 window frames.
The German train DB Br 103, not the Lego MOC above.
But Lego is mysteriously not able to reproduce old parts 1:1. Lego parts are quiet simple parts, compared to what we produce. And telling people, oh we've thrown away the molds and such excuse. Yeah of course, whatever....
They just don't want to do it, period - and I don't get why they're not admitting it, instead of telling people fairytales and other untrue stories.
It is a beautiful train, too. Follow the link and scroll down the facebook page for varying images. I have to admit, though, that I am keen on the color of this train ;) as it it my favorite color of Lego.
As far as losing molds and breaking molds; Hasbro had a similar problem when they resurrected their G.I. Joe "A Real American Hero" line. They had said that some of the molds used to make the original action figures were either broken or lost and they chose not to redesign the molds even thought the demand was there.
Besides the smaller 1 x 2 x 3 trin window was used this year and the years before (allthough the glass hasen't been used since 2004)
Upon reading desires for several new desirables in a variety of categories I promote a few LEGO IDEAS projects that I'm am supporting, as well as a couple of my own submission:
RC Train DB E103:
GWR 14xx class engine:
Small snowplow locomotive / Kleiner Eisenbahn-Schneepflug:
Commander 4689 - Electric Lokomotive:
Freight train - Elektrik Lokomotive with Waggons - (old school style):
Big Steam engine/Train:
TER AGC (Transport Express Regional - Autorail Grande Capacité):
German Steam Engine BR01-1075:
TRENITALIA EUROSTAR ETR 500 AV:
The Polar Express:
Little Black Train Project:
And my two:
Super Mega Steam Power Train Builder:
Winter Village Express:
Please highlight other favourite trains at LEGO IDEAS-- if like to learn about them and cast my support!
Aloha and mahalo,
Is has been discussed before that Lego Trains aren't huge money makers for Lego. Most train sets are well over $100 USD and that puts them out of most peoples budgets.
Low cost, high potential demand (for their likely lower target production numbers) and a successful theme for it to go with. Win-win.
I'm sure I could come up with some others... :-)
Unless the creator trains are not selling well then it would leave a massive gap. And if they're not selling well then they just need to make more desirable trains!