The Dog wrote:
Because the Engineer and Fireman don't leave the cab to load and assist guests! WDWRR does. On a real Railroad, the engineer and fireman take care of the equipment and might talk to guests that want to visit the crew.
I am pretty sure helping handicapped guests on/off the train is not a criterion for whether you're a "real" railroad or not! Depending on the railroad, engineer and fireman have had a variety of duties put on them throughout history by "management".
The WDWRR has only one conductor that rides with the train (vs. 2 on the DRR) and one station master - which leaves the engineer or fireman to assist with handicapped guests. Given that the handicapped seat & ramp is in the first coach, first row (next to the tender), it is completely logical to me that one of the crew assist while the other takes care of the equipment.
Remember, Dog...just because things are handled differently from DRR to WDWRR...doesn't mean one is more legit than the other.
Unless you want to play the 5/8th scale vs. full scale game...