"I would suggest that the reason that it was not put out earlier is simply the aspect that they wanted the packages in their hands before making the announcement. One could imagine the yelling had TOR announced them and there was a delay in arrival for them.'
Sometimes, some manufacturers end up in no win situations in these areas"
So true, and it is so easy for a keyboard Nazi to whinge , whine and be completely objectionable from behind his ( or its' ) screen.
Hope everyone has a good time at the exhibition, and hope Tom's sell lots of S class so they can order ( and pay for the next batch of locos or rollingstock) I have some specific GM's on my wanted list and some 930's as well.
Just need to wait for them.
Many years ago under the old regime I was told that the idea of Tom's was to continuously have locos in stock. But that numbers and liveries would change.
EG have GM's in stock with number 1,2,3,4.
When they were selling through to do 5,6,7,8 etc
That is what seems to be happening , but the variations have been reduced a little because as has been said 38 variations is just too much for the market, but if a new variation arrives regularly we will all get what we ( need, want, pray for) eventually.
I understand that 200 to 300 is a minimum paint run so three West Coast numbers by 300 each seems likely. That should keep the market supplied for awhile , so then a run of FA or SSR or whatever would be marketable, Then to the other schemes one at a time.
This process would see quite a variety over time and hopefully not over extend TOM's.
If it went through the other classes it would mean a viable flow of locos and an everchanging availability of liveries.
I could live with that. It really is no different to how other retailers have evolved and they do not get the same flack for unannounced models, late deliveries, etc do they?
The other benefit of "surprise" models is it encourages attendances at exhibitions.
Many years ago I saw a cartoon in AMRM
Advert for a forthcoming model
comment by foamer
" I want six of them "
NEW XYZ model available now
" I will buy one one day"
Shop closed from lack of business.
Sorry I could not find the actual cartoon, but I think you get the point.