They are buying them for speculation. I did the same in N ga. I bought all of MTLs',Katos etc. new releases. Before I realized it I had $35-$50,000 worth of N stuff, all basically for spec.I learned my lesson, if it will not run on my layout due to the curves, ie: cars over 40' do not look right and will not clear some places. I have 2 new SD40s from MTL that I bought from Loren and it just does clear the tunnel portals, and it also looks funny on the curves. I e-mailed Jim O'Connell who built it for me and he said "Amiss is as good as a mile" sounds like him don't it. I would be glad to buy an NW,B&O if someone had 'em and maybe some others if I had a list to look at.
From: dr strangelove <kaiserwillieii0815@...
Sent: Monday, September 26, 2011 2:28 PM
Subject: [Z_Scale] Re: QUESTION
The way I see it for every complete train I could make, with 2 -4 engines, I would need a caboose. For steam 1 to 1. I am lucky as the Märklin caboose is very close to what I need for my railroad. Kind of a pain that they all have the same number but I try to snag the Märklin CB&Q cabeese when they pop up. I need at least 2 more.
That being said at the end of the Caboose Period, a lot of railroads had cabeese that were bought, and not made in their own shops. Here is a link I just googled.
Although these are just out of my era by a couple of years, I would still buy a couple as I could run them with the engines I have.(Except Steam) I keep hearing from the "experts" that nobody will buy cabooses, but yet someone is making them and they seem to always sell out.
Kelley (I want,want,want)in Germany