I can see the day coming when PROPOSED new releases will be annouced and these may or may not be made depending on orders from the retailers. Some of the major continental manufacteurs use this method. I have known a new model take at least 4 years for a model from ROCO to appear.
If you go back to the 70`s the Tri-ang catalogue stayed the same for years and no one complained we just got on with it. Now a days people froth at the new annoucements and then ask Whats next ? when the latest annoucements have`nt been released. As Trains 4 U say a lot of retailers have reduced their orders I certainley have and will be much more careful next year.
Although the standard of models have improved 200% over the years we still moan may be one day we will log on and find people praising models and releases instead of trashing them