Where did we get the idea that Athearn no longer makes blue box kits? If we go to their website we will see that they do indeed still make the kits. Granted, not every item is available constantly, but the items never were. We just never had the internet to tell us, in the past. There is a big difference between "Athearn no longer makes kits" and "The hobby shop no longer wants to stock Athearn kits."