Well, in that case, you probably should have said they are "going to be destroyed", rather than saying that "they are destroyed". BTW, whose history are we talking about here? As I stated elsewhere, buyouts have been common in model railroading at least since Athearn bought Globe, and that resulted in a model that is still being made today, decades later. Where is the history you mention that signals the end of Horizon/Athearn/MDC?
Oh, well, that's different.
For starters, cities are where the trains went. Most lines I can think of that didn't go to a city at each end are long out of business. Secondly, I happen to have here a 2004 Walthers catalog. Here is a list of non-urban Cornerstone kits/built ups that might fit your needs (IMHO): 933-2822 Route 66 Motel (built up) 933-2813 Wood Water Tank (built up) 933-2806 Golden Valley Depot (built up) 933-2821 Golden Valley Freight House (built up) 933-3613 Benson's Five and Dime 933-3605 Wally's Warehouse 933-3612 109 Elm Street 933-3806 Cottage Grove Church 933-3607 Cottage Grove School 933-3601 Aunt Lucy's House 933-3604 Smith's General Store 933-3600 River Road Mercantile 933-3603 Rocky Point Lighthouse 933-3602 Willow Glen Bridge 933-3608 Lake Forest Cottage 933-3083 Backwoods Locomotive or Carshop 933-3063 Clarkesville Depot 933-3096 Valley Growers Association 933-3036 Farmers Cooperative Rural Grain Elevator 933-3090 Columbia Feed Mill 933-3061 Sunrise Feed Mill 933-3006 Interstate Fuel & Oil 933-3057 Walton & Sons Lumber Company 933-3082 Mills Bros. Lumber 933-3058 Mountain Lumber Company Sawmill 933-3166 Team Track 933-3073 Midstate Marble Products 933-3527 Jim's Repair Shop
I'm not saying that these are all of interest to you, but I don't think you would find too many of the above structures in, say, downtown Boston... LOL
I gathered that for your wish for truss rod cars. :-)
That's not the case around here. Sure, there's one or two that discounts, but the majority in the Boston area do not unless they are having a sale...
If the demand is that small, shouldn't you be blaming your fellow model railroaders for not spending the money on the stuff you like?
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