Alright...things seem to be a little slow on the boards recently (probably folks enjoying the great outdoors instead of staring at their computer screens), so lets see if this topic will arouse some passion:
Thanks to Steve, we've got some great photos of the WDW RR engines to look at. But something about them always seemed...well, just not quite "railroady" enough to me. For instance, I'm somewhat "troubled" (and I use that term very
) by the Roy's red, green and pink(!)
color scheme. The mixing of red and green on the Broggie also seems un-railroady (although quite appropriate at Christmas time, I suppose). And a fully red-painted engine seems in-authentic as well.
Now, don't get me wrong: Disneyland obviously has an all-red engine too (interestingly, this isn't an un-prototypical scheme; John White notes that the Forneys that operated on the New York City "El" in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were all red as well). But the Marsh's small size seems to carry the color better (to me).
Now, at Disneyland, four of the five engines sport boiler jackets that are meant to at least invoke various shades of Russia Iron. But none of the WDW engines do.
What I'm getting at is, I think that while the DL engines are "fancy," they feature just enough authenticity in their paint schemes to seem "more real." Whereas the WDW engines seem less "real" and more "fancy."
So, what's your take on repainting the engines? Certainly Disney has no trouble coming up with pleasing and realistic schemes. Would you mind seeing the Roy with a red cab and bluish boiler jacket (keeping the red wheels and pilot, of course)? How about the Broggie painted more like the E.P. Ripley--green cab, red trim, Russia Iron jacket? Maybe even swap the diamond stack for a cap stack?
There is precedent for this discussion: DL engines have had different paint schemes over the years. Some--like the Holliday's several schemes--have been rather substantial.
All right, let's hear your thoughts! Shall I fire up the paint gun?