Is MTH abandoning S scale?

caxu Oct 3, 2017

  1. caxu

    caxu TrainBoard Member

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    Just some observations, there has been no catalog since 2013. Also they appear to be selling off the remainder of their rolling stock inventory. No news on any new product!
     
  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I would agree this picture does appear bleak. :(
     
  3. caxu

    caxu TrainBoard Member

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    I'm going to a train show this Sunday and there will be at least one S scale enthusiast/club member there. I will bombard him/them with many questions and try to get a feel for where the S scale market is headed. I will post what I learn in a separate thread.

    Although some may say S scale doesn't have a lot of stuff, if you're an average Joe like me you'll never be able to afford everything that is available. It may be the reason why I've subconsciously avoided HO for so long is there is literally too many options!

    It's been about a month since I started researching scales on my way back into the hobby and there are few clear winners:
    • Z and T: These make my eyes bleed.
    • N: Still doesn't look quite right to me. It's less Model Railroading and more like Model Roaching.
    • TT: The eccentric hipster. Looks more palatable than N, 60% size of HO, and if sticking to European models the price difference isn't much different than Mid-Top tier N/HO.
    • HO: Why do I keep avoiding you? Possibly the lowest entry price, unmatched in number of options, but son, you are boring.
    • S: It's like TT's lumberjack American cousin. Few to no European options but everything else 'Merica. Much more expensive but larger and fewer options means in the end it's probably a wash.
    • O: My childhood favorite. But takes up more room than S! If S would empty the wallet, O would take the entire wallet, your cell-phone, and your car/house keys.
    Hopefully this Sunday I will have a direction to go on.
     
  4. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Your research list thoughts are quite interesting! :)

    I, for one, would be interested in learning what answers you receive at that show...
     
  5. Keith

    Keith TrainBoard Supporter

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    Don’t think MTH ever made S Scale Trains.
    They do 3 Rail and G Scale(1:32) Trains, as well as HO.
     
  6. caxu

    caxu TrainBoard Member

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    Yes they sell/sold (out?) S scale: https://mthtrains.com/catalogs-new/6458

    The last (only?) catalog was in 2013.

    On another forum they showed the remaining inventory numbers as if attempting to purge everything.
     
  7. caxu

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    I visited an S club today embedded within a Model Railroading train show.

    They didn't seem convinced or otherwise concerned that MTH was leaving the S scale community.

    I did make a note to the guys that after visiting many tables that I found some O scale locomotives that were either massive or on the other hand I found some that were nearly the same size as S.

    They thought those might be O27. Oh well. More options...
     
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2017
  8. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    "O-27", which both Lionel and Marx sold, is in many instances closer to S gauge.
     
  9. caxu

    caxu TrainBoard Member

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    Yes I'm figuring that out now. AFAIK MTH RailKing is the only producer of this scale; not sure if Lionel does it anymore or not.

    I think I'm choosing S scale as my preferred scale going forward but I could also potentially be getting O27 as a secondary scale to work on.

    I live relatively close to a O scale club so I should fit right in there. That said, O27 is probably the largest I would likely ever work with in a home layout.
     

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