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Posted on 08/16/2006 3:11:01 PM PDT by holymoly
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If they gave a license, there's no lawsuit. If they didn't, Lionel shouldn't have assumed. Lionel helped make the Santa Fe a legend; they did the same for the California Zephyr, which was the hottest thing going in its day.
Model railroading has declined in popularity, and there isn't that much money or publicity in it any more; at the same time, passenger rail travel has dwindled to the point that it needs taxpayer subsidies to stay alive, and kids (or, more often, nostalgic Baby Boomers) with model trains aren't likely to book a lot of container tonnage. The equation has changed.
Maybe it's great free publicity. I might think that it's a great play for Union Pacific to have its logo plastered all over HO-scale trains, and you might agree. But in the end it doesn't matter what you or I think, because the trademark doesn't belong to us. It's UP's property, and they're not obliged to use it in ways we like.
If you "google" the word failure, the first thing it pulls up is George W. Bush.
I sent them a complaint.
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