- You ask a good question...especially with the knowledge that Bachmann already makes HOe for the European market. However one has to take into account that Bachmann doesn't own Bachmann. Bachmann Trains is owned by Kader Ltd. of Hong Kong ROC. It is Kader
that makes corporate decisions. More on this very successful company (who manufactures model railroad equipment for many other companies - besides the ones they wholly own - can be found at:
More germane to the discussion is whether or not HOn30 has a real market in the states. On30 seems to have 'taken off' and is a very successful line for Bachmann (although the why
escapes me as On30 takes up the same amount of space as O scale as only the track is 1/2 the size of O-gauge whilst all the structures scenery is still 1:48 (people, for example, aren't any smaller on a narrow gauge line than a standard gauge road in the prototype world).
Whatever the case, I think some reputable third party needs to find out if there is a large enough interest (and hence need) for HOn30 for a huge company to undertake such a marketing/manufacturing decision. Personally, I would just like some of the On30 locomotives to become available in HO.
PS: There is a good section on HOn30 on the Free Rails forum that may interest you. This is a wonderful group of guys...very similar to the 'bunch' here on the Bachmann forum. Free Rails can be seen at: http://freerails.com/