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What trains could be rereleased if Lego goes the Legends route?

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Well, I've read though this thread and would like to add my two cents.  First, they could very well rerelease any of the 9V trains as PF variants.  I don't see why that's a problem.  Sure, it wouldn't be nearly identical to ones they released before, but I don't think that matters, especially when it could be better (and I think this thread shows how some great improvements can be made, particularly the nose section, for example).  I don't see why a "legendary" set can't be updated to make use of modern pieces and building techniques.  Of course, I say this as the proud owner of the original set (although not one of the numbered ones).

Second, it's interesting to muse about what TLG should do to sell trains, but they've been once bitten/twice shy about it, and I don't think any of us will convince them otherwise.

Still, the route to go with that starts with selling really complete sets, the same kind of starter sets you get with "real" model trains.  You would necessarily need several cars and at least an oval of track.  One of the "standards" that I've actually bought twice (in two different scales) is the Bachmann "Old Timer" set.

But since LEGO is not a traditional model railroad company, you need more - you need to show how it integrates with city sets, how it can enhance a younger kids already existing LEGO city, how even just a loop of track adds play features.  When I was a kid, I got an HO set for Christmas... I didn't really much care for it at the time, but then my mom painted a 4x8 sheet of plywood with roads and grass and trackbed and stuff - just paint, no artificial grass or anything, but roads for my matchbox cars and other matchbox/hotwheels sized stuff - and then my dad fixed the tracks to it, and voila - I was a very happy kid who discovered he really liked trains after all.

Ultimately, a "real" starter set would be very expensive - but a quality starter set (not the Old Timer!) is quite expensive, too.

But I get it - I wish TLG were more invested in trains; they're not, and they're not going to be, so a rerelease of the Sante Fe, BNSF, or any PF set would definitely be interesting.

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8 hours ago, M_slug357 said:

Also, I'm curious as to where Lego stands on the recoloring of train wheels? The steam drivers and axle wheels come in two colors at the moment, but what about the rolling stock wheels? They've never had an alternate color before, and it would be interesting to get them in some other color like dark bley...

It really is too bad that we haven't seen many other train wheel recolors, even nearly ten years after the introduction of the Emerald Night. But even with rolling stock wheels, Lego has had plenty of opportunities to recolor those in City Train subtheme sets. I know they are most likely just using whatever preexisting stock they have on hand, but still, how hard can a recolor be? It's certainly easier than introducing new molds.

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I hope not.

I would prefer a new Creator Expert train compared to just redoing the old ones; a Mallard instead of an EN. Even if they released EN, for example, I doubt it would have the same green printed tiles which means you might as well Bricklink one with a different color. You would also run into an issue with only having a single car so to get a longer train you would still need to buy multiple sets which gives you multiple engines and tenders. Even older legacy trains are simpler designs and therefore easier to BrickLink. A Power Function version of a 9V train wouldn't even be the exact same model so it wouldn't even be an accurate recreation. 

What I would like Lego to do is make it easier to buy individual cars like they did with Santa Fe.

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7 minutes ago, gotoAndLego said:

would prefer a new Creator Expert train compared to just redoing the old ones; a Mallard instead of an EN.

A Mallard, or some other streamlined British steam locomotive, could make for an amazing Creator Expert train set!

But, much like the Emerald Night and the Horizon Express, I'd expect Lego to instead do an inspired set, as opposed to a direct copy, complete with its own original name. That way, Lego designers can take slightly altered liberties with its color scheme and design, perhaps giving us a locomotive done in Earth Blue (as opposed to Bright Blue) and wheels recolored in Dark Red (as opposed to Bright Red wheels which we have already).

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Another steam engine which is visually different beyond a color change would be cool, but I don't want something which is just a re-release of the EN. I would prefer a new Santa-Fe style engine utilizing the newer techniques as opposed to just a re-do of the old set. Imagine it with the metallic silver color instead of just grey.

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