The next evolution... ME Track
Posted 08 March 2011 - 05:43 PM
Posted 08 March 2011 - 05:56 PM
Currently some people speculate that the pioture means 9V track will be available in single 16L lengths - as per the old blue / grey (12V) track. This would be great for Indy Track / Narrow Gauge... possible through a new mold? (ME-Models is a custom model manufacturer, so it could be a-la-Big Bens Wheels idea).
Someone went to a lot of lengths to make new parts for the CAD drawing, so it could be true... if it is I might hold off selling some of my 9V stuff...
If new molds are generated, it would be nice to see new switch points, and indy / narrow gauge stuff as well ;-) (PLEASE).
Posted 08 March 2011 - 06:17 PM
I was thinking about how much I like these single segments to build a more "LEGO-y" style track instead of the big track pieces, and it occurred to me that then 9V wouldn't work like that...
Before I continue, for the record, I am a mostly 9V collector (I just ordered a couple of AAA battery packs and the new motors, though), but I had a lot of those 16L pieces and used them mostly for display. Now I use new track for display, but I've dabbled in mini trains and use Indy track (which is only curves) and the single pieces.
Ok, back on track... then I though, why not? Why couldn't these single pieces by molded to fit 9V? But then...
If a third party makes compatible current carrying rail, I am SO THERE, even if I've accepted using new PF stuff for the newer trains.
Posted 08 March 2011 - 06:56 PM
I could, of course, be reading too much into this, but roamingstudio's post really piques my interest.
Posted 08 March 2011 - 07:49 PM
There is an extra http:// in the link of the original post, correct link
Posted 08 March 2011 - 08:55 PM
I'm slightly put off by the prospect of this news being announced on April 1 though... which doesn't mean that makes me any less eager to find out what this is all about!
Posted 09 March 2011 - 03:03 AM
Regarding the tracks on the car, it's really looks like one the of the old blue tracks, I have got. Just another colour... It definately has nothing to do with the tracks in use now.
But anyway, it's interesting to see what ME Models have to show at the end of March...
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Posted 09 March 2011 - 05:54 AM
If they have come up with a 9V revolution they won't need this hype, the product will be very interesting in itself, if the product isn't attractive, all this hype won't save it, but will have pissed off at least part of their potential audience.
Posted 09 March 2011 - 08:44 PM
I for one would love to have a pin put into the bubble that is the market pricing today on OEM 9v straight rails. $95 for a box on eBay? Crazy. If someone, anyone, was able to inject new product (current-carrying rail) at any volume into the market, that would help the 9-volters among us substantially. Hey, I might even be able to set up some cool double-track long curves in my house without needing to think about taking out a second mortgage!
Whatever ME-Models is cooking up, I hope they announce soon. I've been going to their site daily now for some time, but am getting more and more frustrated with each visit at the lack of new information (or even any more of a "reveal"-- if they are this far down the road of design and production, do they really need to worry about someone copying their product and bringing it to market before they do?).
I will be interested to see what they release, and if it is truly current-carrying 9v rail, I'll definitely evaluate the product. I wonder how anyone but Lego can custom-manufacture studded sleepers or rail that interconnects with existing 9V rail. Doesn't that violate Lego's patents? Unless ME-Models purchased the 9V assets from Lego-- now *that* would be a coup!
Posted 12 March 2011 - 01:41 AM
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Posted 12 March 2011 - 02:29 PM
I will be happy to dispel that notion...it is NOT an April Fool's joke...and I will leave you with this thought...when LEGO decides to stop producing something...there is only one reason: money.
Posted 12 March 2011 - 08:10 PM
Posted 12 March 2011 - 08:48 PM
Back to the topic at hand - the sense of excitement is gradually increasing here... I don't know if this kind of advertising is really needed, but in any case it's interesting to see what the final result will be. If it has anything to do with 9V, I just hope that worldwide postage would be available
Posted 12 March 2011 - 09:08 PM
Just a thought could it be the new PF track but you could put it together like the old 12volt track, that would make a bit more sense looking at the picture and would greatly reduce the need for that flex track stuff.
Posted 12 March 2011 - 09:14 PM
However, for me the problem with 'L Guage' track (as made by Lego) is the sharpness of the curves. If I had the money I'd be investigating using LGB/ G Scale track with Lego trains- that way I'd have far more flexibility with track curvature and the prospect of building wider bodied trains for more realism (and the prospect of using true DCC). I know that isn't a 'pure Lego' solution- however that appears to be TLG's own way of running Lego trains outdoors at Legoland Billund.
Posted 12 March 2011 - 10:30 PM
Personally I'm not too excited about shorter track pieces. Never really felt the need for those.
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Posted 13 March 2011 - 05:51 PM
I know a lot of people dislike the tightness of curves produced by TLG, and I can agree on many levels, but where they are useful is in limited space. Kids generally don't have a lot of it for layouts, and a lot of AFOLs, myself included are also limited for space, so they do have their uses. Half length straights could also be useful for similar reasons, but I have my doubts about that.
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