The more things change, the more they stay the same...
The latest (final?) chapter in the ongoing saga of the Canadian Model Trains / (formerly) Rapido of the announced HO Scale Canadian National Pointe St Charles Caboose.
If you're expecting great revelations, inside information, or statements/commentary from us about CMT, Tom Tomblin, Rapido, or your deposit, you will probably be disappointed. But for the latest, read on.
Rapido has posted a couple of recent updates for the HO Scale Pointe St Charles caboose project.
On their website (present on February 13, 2013) was:
"The HO scale Pointe St. Charles caboose project was an OEM project for CMT (Canadian Model Trains). That means that it was their project. Rapido was producing it for them. Due to CMT's apparent insolvency, the project is on hiatus. In addition, we have revoked the licence to use our trademark. If CMT does eventually decide to proceed with this project, it will not be under the Rapido trademark.
In addition, in the newsletter dated March 12, 2013 was:
"Final Update on HO CN Caboose by CMT
That's quite a change from earlier postings that indicated that CMT / Tom Tomblin still intended to complete the project.
What has stayed the same?
Our commitment to help if we can:
So, although it appears at this time that it's unlikley this project will be completed any time soon, if ever, we will continue to maintain a list of customers who have contacted us to fill the order if we are in a position to do so.
Is this the end? We don't know. We hope not, because it's a great looking model and it would be a shame for it to not see the light of day (basements).