February 4, 2009 - O Gauge model railroaders may wonder why M.T.H. would send an E-Newsletter article to them on an HO engine. Some might think it yet another sign that we have drifted away from our core market. But, we thought you might want to see what the future of O Scale models might hold as evidenced in this HO development we've been touting for the past few months.
M.T.H. O Gauge fans are long familiar with our operating Proto-Couplers found throughout our RailKing, Premier and even Rugged Rail locomotive lineups. Outside of the O Gauge market, though, O gauge couplers are the bane of O scale model railroaders who find them large, bulky and unsightly. Consequently, many operators find O scale couplers, like those from Kadee, a viable way to make their O gauge models more realistic. However, while most of our Premier Line models come with Kadee coupler mounts, transitioning to the Kadee means giving up one of the most popular features found on today's O gauge models, the remotely controlled operating coupler.
M.T.H.'s HO SD70ACe diesel comes equipped with an HO sized operating Proto-Coupler. Check out the couplers and the engine in action in Taylor's latest Product Update VIDEO. We think you'll agree that if we can design a working Proto-Coupler for HO, then a scale version for O gauge can't be far behind! Don't worry, you'll still have a choice between traditional O Gauge Proto-Couplers and the new O Scale Proto-Coupler when they are developed.
To learn more about our HO products, visit www.mthHOtrains.com.