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    Default Atlas buys Walthers tooling

    So Atlas actually did buy the n scale locomotive and rolling stock tooling from Walthers.

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?sto...d=129250295109

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    Great news!

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    perhaps we will see an improved 0-8-0...

    one can hope

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    And better parts availability?
    For decoder installation and JMRI services, please visit http://www.bentraildigital.com
    For n-scale intermodal information, please visit http://nscaleintermodal.com

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    Well, all is not lost with the Life-Like line!

    Nice job, Atlas. Now show Walthers how to make $$$ in N scale.
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    Maybe a good thrall well car?
    Did someone say whitcomb?

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    I wish they had done this before the SW 1200.
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    Does this mean the quality of new Atlas N scale products will go down? <ducks>

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    quality is a little hard to guess...

    a lot of the LL stuff is pretty good...
    and there may well be problems with production.

    I expect that if Atlas fixes or makes certain parts available as part of a re-run
    they will gain a lot of goodwill. they tend to do that anyway.

    so I am far more hopeful that I can spruce up a ll 2-8-8-2 than I ever was when the w outfit had the tooling.

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    I would love a DCC equipped SW 1200 in TH&B

    http://www.spookshow.net/loco/llsw.html

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    Victor Miranda,

    I too hope they bring back the 2-8-8-2. It was one of the best engines of it's time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mider View Post
    I would love a DCC equipped SW 1200 in TH&B

    http://www.spookshow.net/loco/llsw.html
    But then factory equipped with a good decoder , equipping my 2 SW 1200's with decoders was a job I didn't like and didn't turn out well . 260 euro's thrown away.
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    I hope the tooling that they sold them is in the US.

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    hohohohohohohohohohohoho
    you think Atlas has any tooling here in the US?

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    Yeah, I don't think China allows tooling to ever leave the country. Don't mess with the golden goose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookshow View Post
    Yeah, I don't think China allows tooling to ever leave the country. Don't mess with the golden goose.

    -Mark
    I think it's more the fact that it will be very costly to move the tooling anywhere, so much that doing so would make the products prohibitively more expensive. What is actually happening is that the ownership of the tooling will transfer from Walthers to Atlas, and the overseas manufacturers will terminate their contracts with Walthers and establish contracts with Atlas. That's basically what happened when Atlas bought BLMA - Atlas simply took over the contract of BLMA's overseas manufacturers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetroRedLn View Post
    I think it's more the fact that it will be very costly to move the tooling anywhere, so much that doing so would make the products prohibitively more expensive. What is actually happening is that the ownership of the tooling will transfer from Walthers to Atlas, and the overseas manufacturers will terminate their contracts with Walthers and establish contracts with Atlas. That's basically what happened when Atlas bought BLMA - Atlas simply took over the contract of BLMA's overseas manufacturers.
    I've read that China has laws (or at least policies) that prevent tooling from leaving the country under any circumstances. Could just be internet BS, tho.

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    I'm just hoping Atlas will roll the LL line of equipment into their parts availability. I'd love to have a few more LL PB shells without having to pull teeth to get them.
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    Should prove very interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookshow View Post
    I've read that China has laws (or at least policies) that prevent tooling from leaving the country under any circumstances. Could just be internet BS, tho.

    -Mark
    Nope, no BS. You are correct. To do business with China you have to reveal all your IP and they own it. That's why IP protection is non-existent and copying of IP is so rampant. I can go to a stall on the street and get a copy of Windows for a few dollars, burned on to a DVD. The authorities won't shut them down.

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