Southern Pacific Cab-Forward Project Site
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Versions Offered: 6
Production Quantity: 100
10/03/13 - Although it has been a while since the last update, there has been an ongoing conversation with many that are interested in this project. The development has continued and the production plan has evolved as a result. You may notice above that the number of versions has been trimmed back and the production quantity has also been lowered.
Our research has lead to logical conclusions about how many versions were necessary to effectively represent this class of prototypes without overwhelming potential buyers with details of little interest. There is always a fine line between not representing critical and appropriate details and doing versions with unique detailing that didn't really contribute to the success of the prototype class. Often times unique versions resulted from circumstances of the moment rather than intentional design intent, is it worth developing a special version on that basis? if circumstances led to class-wide modifications they certainly need to be considered, but the trade-off always is driving up the cost of production by including more versions.
The issue of production quantity has always been a difficult one for Kohs & Company, but not for the usual or typical reason of being concerned about the ability to sell what is produced, even when we have produced 150 models in a project we have always sold out. I have previously explained that there is point of diminishing return in terms of workers abilities to attend to detail and quality on a consistent basis. If we attempt to build too many pieces in a project, the overall quality will likely suffer. This situation has become even more critical as our projects have become more complex with each new effort. By lowering the total number of pieces to be produced in this project, I know already that the quantity will not meet the demand, but it is in the best interest of the overall success of the project. Builders have always wanted bigger numbers for production quantities to increase profit which is understandable, but the worker fatigue associated with completing a project like our Union Pacific Challenger has become an overriding factor even for our builder who has had to reevaluate this calculation.
Going forward, now that our attention has shifted to new projects, our updates for this project will become more regular. I will also be sharing some of the research that we have done and I will begin to 'flesh out' the specifics of the versions that we intend to produce. I would certainly like to hear from you if there are specific features or details that you want to see included in this project.
8/09/11 - As often times happens with projects that we are working on, I receive inquiries about the possibility of producing our O scale project in alternate scales, such is the case with our cab-forward effort. Based on the number of inquiries received since the first of this year, it has been decided to move ahead with a very limited highly and developed gauge one version of this project. As the details come together there will be a separate project site established on our web site. If you are someone that is interested in a gauge one version of our cab-forward, please let me know and I will update you separately regarding this effort.
2/06/11 - It was somewhat predictable that the response to this project at the recent O Scale West event would be very strong as a result of the location, but strong is a real understatement of how anxious show attendees are for this project. The show provided an opportunity for show go'ers to review the design drawings for the project and to provide their input which continues to be a vital part of all of our projects.
It was made known at the show that I will be scheduling the production of the Southern Pacific cabooses to coincide with the production of the cab-forwards, there will be a special package offering both models together. As we have worked through the early design criteria for the project, new modeling challenges (opportunities) have come to light that are very exciting for those of us that look to further enhance the models that Kohs & Company produces. This is not a new situation, it has been routine with the development of all of our projects and an intrinsic part of making each project better than our previous. Rather than copying what other importers/builders do, it has always been our preference to innovate. As we move forward with our development, I will be sharing some of the new features and techniques to be expecting with the delivery of the production models. Again, many thanks to those of you at the show that are eager to help drive the development to a new level! As ideas come to mind, you know how to contact me at any time.
1/25/11 - I am very happy to advise that the pricing and schedule for our 'AC' project have been set. Despite the level of detail and advances in technology and materials, the price will remain at a competitive level with the lessor models available in the market place. This project will be a focal point for our efforts moving forward and updates will begin coming at a faster pace from here forward.
8/06/10 - It has been decided that based on the level of interest and demand for this project, it will in fact follow the N&W class 'A' in the production schedule. With the development of our new wheel profile standards near complete, the development of this project will proceed on an 'active' project basis. Updates will continue on a regular basis as we move forward from this point in time.
8/25/09 - I have received a number of inquiries about whether or not there will be a Southern Pacific caboose produced to match the quality of our 'AC' class locomotives, the answer is most definitely. I am currently considering the most appropriate class to produce so if you have suggestions, by all means let me know your thoughts.
8/05/09 - Two brief updates regarding our 'AC' project; I will be offering the AC-7 & 8 as part of this project and again in response to demand, I will be proceeding with this project sooner rather than later. I have also increased the production quantity slightly based on the early demand and the great sales success experienced with our Allegheny project, I want to be sure that we do not come up short in being able to meet the demand. More details will be posted as they develop.
7/2/09 - I have received a number of requests to include the AC-7 & 8 in our production of this project. No firm decision has been made at this point, but due to the number of requests, I have to seriously consider including those versions. After a bit more research a final decision will be made and posted to this update page.
4/28/09 - The first of an extensive series of builder's photos have been posted to new pages on this project site. We have started with photos of the AC-12, but we will be adding additional photos of not only the AC-12, but AC-10 & 11 as well as time allows.
7/06/07 - A seemingly obvious decision has been reached on how to proceed with our cab-forward project in light of the announcement conflict with Key Model Imports. As we did when Key announced their GS-1 project after we did, we will take a back seat and allow them to develop and deliver their project before we do assuming their announced timeline is realistic. Our development process obviously takes more time and requires a greater degree of research and that can not be rushed. There is no point in trying to beat them to market aa we are confident that our customers will make an informed purchase decision at the appropriate time. Our development will continue behind closed doors and what we share will be limited for obvious reasons. The basic specifications for the project will include all of what we have considered essential throughout our previous project developments. You'll find it interesting that other importers will try to 'talk down' features that we offer even though they have tried to copy our technology in the past, perhaps the fact that they have been unsuccessful with their efforts is an influencing factor. Please stay tuned for further positive developments!
4/08/09 - As mentioned in our general news updates, we again find ourselves faced with a competitor that has again announced the same project after we did so a determination needs to be made regarding how we should proceed. The details of our project will be released in a calculated manner to prevent our competitor from taking any further advantage from the situation. I can tell you that this prototype is our builder's favorite so there will be no effort spared in developing and building the finest models possible for this project. If this prototype is of particular interest to you, I would suggest that you compare our build specifications with our competitor's and also compare our respective past performance on delivering what has been promised, value for dollar spent should also be a serious consideration. Please check back frequently for more details as they are released, but make certain that we are aware of your interest so we can update you directly regarding this project.