Trainorama have been saying they were going to do the 45 class for at least 7 years maybe more,they also said they were going to do the WAGR L class and WBAX,VSX ...the list goes on,you name it and they said they wanted to do it.
Just because you say you want to produce a certain model does not lock out others if they think they can get their model to market first.
Talk is cheap,but put your money down to tool a model unannounced shows serious intent to produce.
The big thing here is Auscision and others actually produce what they say they are going to do.
I do not want to go here but how long has the GM locos been coming 7 plus years ? 48 class has had samples for years and still not here.
I know they have had issues in China but so have all the other manufacturers.
Maybe someone is working on the L class and X class diesels right now,someone could also be working on a much better for example 442,NR,421 or other older locos who knows.
Not denying that or the like, however if you check out most of the importers & do a check list of them all, they have all pretty well had "to do", crystal ball' & other such lists over the years, & that includes Auscision when they first started up there was a list there, which included the just released 422cl, & 46 as well.
The other aspect which is quite well known is that there was an unofficial understanding that each would, for want of a better word respect the others in what they had listed to do, & very much a reason why each could release their plans with a degree of certainty that each would honour each other but that went out the door when a new entry dropped an unannounced model, & affectively killed the futures list.
Certainly the ones that were most affected in China were the 3 that were using SDK, whereas those where using other factories were not affected, & with the 3 SDK importers, only 2 stayed together with the other separated, & look at the delays to the 2 importers who are still at the old factory & one of them at the new one, as bad as TOR at the new one really, especially when some models announced with coloured brochures have faded even in the darkness. Worse still is when new releases & discounts are offered for them & they are being promised delivery before models that have been ordered, paid for & still coming for some long years.
As a result of this & realistically it was always the case that anyone can make what they want even what others are making, no legal crime in that but, at a time where there are still a lot of models that are still on the dream lists, I quess I find it hard to understand why the duplication of models still crops up, & that is across the board from all of them. Its one thing to retool & introduce a much better model than what was done years ago, but when I see the TOR 49cl, like many others who have them cannot fault them so my point regarding the other, older generation models stands. Would much rather see models that are very much in the basic range of models retooled into todays standards, as against a model that is very much of todays standards.