ACME ETR 610
Swiss and Italian prototypes. Although this was apparantly announced for 2010, so perhaps it belongs on my last list.... Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.
Kato/Lemke/Hobbytrain BR 193 Vectron Electric Locomotive
Siemens! I like the looks-and I like Lemke/Hobbytrain's typical quality/price! Not so sure I'm that thrilled about any of the three paint schemes its coming out it currently. I may wait until a real paint scheme is produced.
Mabar SNCF A1A A1A 468010
blue version' of this locomotive was recently released and looks stunning! So why do I want a certainly more conventional green 'Fret' version? A photo I recently saw of the model in this scheme looked just as stunning....and its a paint scheme I don't have yet!
Piko SNCF BB 525630 Ile de France
Yet another locomotive from Piko in SNCF colors! Thanks Piko! Finally it looks like a locomotive in the livery of Ile de France (now all I need are some of those double-deck coaches to go behind it (VB2N?)!).
Rocky Rail SNCF "Prima" Electric Locomotive
French locomotive (something I believe I read somewhere but can't find the source for...sorry!. That is convenient for me because I like the sleek yet strong looking lines on this engine! There are similar diesel versions of this locomotive - apparently over 1700 have been produced and are used worldside. The locomotive is made by Alstom, EMD, and Vossloh. American modelers will note that this locomotive is in the same family as New Jersey Transit's PL42AC diesels.
MicroAce Kiha261 "Super Tokachi"
I have to say, I kind of have a liking for colorful, modern DMU's, and Japan has quite a few of them. I also kind of like the whole 'cab over' ends that are quite popular in Japan (and are the distinctive look of the NS Koplopers).
Photo courtesy Wikipedia.
Kato/Lemke M6 Duwag Tram
Fleischmann Rh 242 Electric Locomotive from Sweden
This class of electric locomotives seem to be everywhere these days, but Swedish locomotives in N Scale? Not so much! This one is going to be tough on the wallet...so unless I'm really lucky this year, or Santa is feeling really generous, its hard to see my shelling out this much for a locomotive right now (yeah, and the USD to Euro exchange rate is not helping a whole lot!). However, it does come equipped with DCC and SOUND! Some of the newer private roads in Europe have liveries that are, well, let's just say it makes the old state-sponsored paint schemes look attractive! This paint scheme is interesting. Very bold and strong in my view, even more so with the lines of the engine. I'm liking it!
Minitrix Class 150 Z
This is a 'wait and see' since I have to 'wait and see' what the model ultimately will look like. From photos of real prototypes, and HO models (ugh!), there are some great looking steam engines from the SNCF (and some great ones in brass as well, but those are well outside of my price range!). Minitrix also has some nice goods wagons/freight cars in its catalog this year, beyond that, I don't see a lot from them this year.
There is also some rumor that Star Train may release a large French locomotive of the 141 R, but I couldn't find any information other than a mention on a forum.
Trucks and Cars from Herpa
If your looking for things in more of an agricultural line, the company Mo-Miniatur Modelbahn makes a nice assortment of farming tractors and the like. Of course, if you've seen my layout well, you'll understand why they wouldn't quite fit on Quinntopia!
Cars and Trucks from Minis
Some really nice looking VW's from Minis (via Lemke)
Always something interesting to add to the layout...I sort of like this truck with trailer for some reason.
Photos courtesy of Lemkecollection.
TomyTec Car Collection Vol 14
Can you ever have enough cars? Well, maybe. Its hard for me to pass up on TomyTec's cars. In terms of price and quality they are hands down the best in N scale (well, the 1:150 kind anyway, which is hard sometimes to tell the difference with anyway).
I think that's about it. I expect there were quite a few things that I missed that I'll kick myself for not adding to this list. I'm in 'wait and see' mode for the new yellow and gray Star Train Class 1300, and I can't afford the current versions of the SNCF BB 12003, and I'm tempted to get an older model of the FS E.424 (Italian railways) but there is only so much time...and money of course. But its fun to look, right? I hope you enjoyed taking a look at a few of the things on my wish list this year. Next post...back to layout updates!