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    One of the decoder companies also posted something about trying to help out and be proactive in supporting the transition to a new factory.
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    Ya, like we step back to are old phones, or crank windows in are cars!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nicki6 View Post
    Ya, like we step back to are old phones, or crank windows in are cars!
    There's a great idea!
    Cheers Tony

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    I'm on board...still have a old crank phone that works in my shop. and still use a old flip phone every day! My kids think I'm nuts!!!
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    Oh, how I would have loved to have had crank windows when I lived in Alaska! So much easier to get unstuck when frozen... so much cheaper to repair when they fail.
    It had some modest advantages - not having to reach across the car to adjust a window on the other side if you were in the car by yourself - and some modest disadvantages. I wouldn't mind going back. I would definitely prefer to have a key lock on all 4 of my doors than an electronic one.


    A similar step "forward", to replace analog speedometer needles with digital displays, has already been reversed (in 90% of cars) after the digital displays turned out to be harder to read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nicki6 View Post
    Ya, like we step back to are old phones, or crank windows in are cars!
    Crank windows. Let's see.... Simpler. Cheaper. Rarely if ever fail. Yep, that's what I'm looking for! Same applies to model railroad equipment. Just compare a Kato F unit to one of those new BLI units that everybody is so "fond" of.

    Besides, I did say that it didn't have to be anybody's opinion but my own. You may have missed that part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nicki6 View Post
    I'm on board...still have a old crank phone that works in my shop. and still use a old flip phone every day! My kids think I'm nuts!!!
    He said crank windows and old phones. Do you really have an old crank phone that you use? Now THAT'S old school!
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    have hand cranks on most all my cars but the only 2 newer then 1969 . Give me a 60's era car any day any time. Wife made me get a cell phone 3 months ago till then

    rotary phone in the shop. She says I'll till in the 60's but that's were I like it :rich
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    Yes I do......Just like the Walton's. Only reason I have a land line....
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    Hmmmm , i keep tuning into this thread for info or updates on the Chinese situation . But today it has drifted way way off course . Could we keep this a bit more relevant ?

    Steve
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    Con-Cor has some detailed information about the factory closure on their page (they specifically copyrighted it so I have not pasted here)...

    https://www.con-cor.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac View Post
    Con-Cor has some detailed information about the factory closure on their page (they specifically copyrighted it so I have not pasted here)...

    https://www.con-cor.com/
    The main point seems to be that not everyone owned their molds so that's going to hurt and potentially kill a few companies if they have to start from square one again. It's important to note that it'll be difficult to get any of the molds out of that plant let alone China. Realistically this could be very, very bad for he industry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotian_Huntress View Post
    Rapido has, in its new newsletter, offered its factories to other manufacturers - details and myth busting are in the attached jpegs
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    Con-Cor has some detailed information about the factory closure on their page (they specifically copyrighted it so I have not pasted here)...

    https://www.con-cor.com/

    It has additional general information on manufacturing:

    "Further Reading: In-Depth Interview

    If you are interested in more behind-the-scenes information about how decisions are made by Rapido and other model train manufacturers, I invite you to read an interview I gave to John Longhurst for his M&M Sub blog. I go into much greater detail than I do here. Click here to read it. To coin the BOSS in the Doctor Whostory "The Green Death," the difficult thing is to stop me talking..."

    http://cprailmmsub.blogspot.com/2018/07/is-he-still-having-fun-interview-with.html


    Ok, so it seems this thread has run a good course, above I have quoted two good sources for more detailed information. So I'm going to close this thread. If anyone feels like there's another PAST post that could be usefull to be quoted here send me a PM.
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    Default China Factory shutdown

    I heard from my LHS that Atlas, Intermountain and a number of other manufactures lost their China factory due to a bankruptcy of sorts. The plant that supplies Atlas track is supposed to be running, but this time everything else is down for the count. Has anybody heard anything about this?
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    Heh heh heh...
    Did someone say whitcomb?
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    Yes, we have, there was a massive thread about it
    Did someone say whitcomb?
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    Well I couldn't find the massive thread, just one from a month ago about Trainworks. Links on that post for explanations go nowhere. I also found a mention of Atlas shutdown in a thread at the end of July.
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    It's been talked about majorly in every MRR forum and else where. The link above will give you a start.
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    Threads have been merged, please scroll back to the beginning post to catch up on the past news, thank you and have a good day.
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