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Wed Jul 4 10:12:52 EDT 2018

I remember the Athearn announcement from over a year ago and at the time 
I called my favorite dealer, who said he does not carry the line because 
the distributor will not sell to a trains only store in this region.  
They want to sell to full line hobby shops.  So I called my second fav 
and he pre-ordered one of the Redbirds for me.  Unfortunately, he went 
out of business in January.  I was able to find one on E-Bay and it is 
supposed to arrive on Friday.  I saw the original announcement that was 
sent to Athearn e-mail recipients (those who have signed up). The fact 
that so many folks want both the red and blue versions, and the fact 
that so many of us want black versions, as well, should prompt Athearn 
to build more N&W models.

The question I have is "Are they aware of the demand?"  They would be if 
they were members of our society.  We have an ongoing discussion about 
getting more members and sponsoring new members. Why don't we include 
manufacturers?  I would be  willing to contribute to a fund that would 
sponsor manufacturers' memberships.  I suspect that many of the 
manufacturers have seen "The Arrow" once or twice, already.  Since our 
MAT already have a fair number of contacts with the people who make 
decisions at the model manufacturers, copies of our fantastic magazine 
and model related e-mails should be made available to them regularly.  
The more info they have from us, the more they will think about us (like 
that song you can't get out of your head).  I know that "The Arrow" is 
expensive to produce, and it is a really high end product that says a 
lot about the membership, so I think it would go a long way in 
impressing manufacturers about the loyalty and interest of N&W and 
Virginian members.

Walter Davis
Wishing someone would make some K's,
Modeling N&W and Virginian in Youngsville, NC

On 7/3/2018 9:02 PM, NW Modeling List via NW-Modeling-List wrote:
> We were all taken by surprise to some degree. I never saw the Athearn 
> announcement and the Society, if they mentioned it, wasn't very 
> specific about it.
> I ordered one on Friday from a feebay seller and the order got screwed 
> up. Naturally feebay customer service said it was up to me contacting 
> the seller and dropped it on me. The seller didn't respond until noon 
> today so I lost out on the several sellers that were listing them. 
> Kleins was sold out last Friday. Some folks said they had them but you 
> need to read the # in stock at the bottom of each item with Friday 
> said "0" in stock on all Tuscan Red units.
> Oh well, I guess if I can live with the real Redbirds being gone I can 
> live with my models also being gone too!
> Roger Huber
> Deer Creek Locomotive Works

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