Checked the MTH website today and the Black Erie shows now as "shipped". I looked at the Erie in Russian Blue and that shows Feb 09 now. I could have sworn that the Blue one showed as "shipped" before. There is no change to the status on the Virginian. Maybe we'll see the Black Eries this week. Let's hope.
Just heard from my dealer. The Triplex was shipped and due in on Tuesday. I plan to get off from work a little early on Tuesday to go and pick it up. I'll probably post pictures on LSOL since I can't post pictures here.
Well, I picked up the Triplex from my dealer this afternoon. Got it home and unpacked it to find both the engine and tender very well packaged. The units were mounted to steel frames to help stabilize the units during shipping. Removal of screws to separate the frames from the engine and tender were required along with removal of all the packaging foam. The engine and tender are flawless. Very impressive. I lubed the three powered trucks and stuck the unit on my layout in the family room. I was pleased to see the added features on this engine. You can quill the whistle as well as turn on the steam whistle to get actual steam coming from the whistle when you're in Whistle mode. Wow I was impressed. The smoke unit in the tender worked great as well. You will see that there's actual smoke that drifts from within the boiler to make it look like smoke is coming out of the cylinders. Again, nice touch.
I've only run the engine for about an hour so I'm still getting used to all the new functions. One thing I was hoping for was operation using regurlar DCC. It looks like this only operates under DC and DCS. I will be taking video in the next day or so and post something to You Tube. I'll provide a link when I have it there.
I'm also going to post pictures on LSOL as I'm not sure how to post pics here. Look for my pics under PAULTORR.