S. Towler wrote:
That was really cool! I wonder what the story is with that gray engine that doesn't have a cab. Though the problem I have is that they are making the C.K. Holliday appear to be the E.P. Ripley!
As I recall, Bob had the vendor (Phillips) to do a "first article" test to be sure the running gear worked. So that is probably the guts of the first engine delivered, the George Washington. There were mechanical issues to iron out as a result. The other trains that followed were better mechanically as the GW was the first one out of the gate. All the trains were cosmetically built up from the same format, a blueprinted DL CK Holliday. Those were the rules we had to live by, and probably the reason they looked so "exotic", in that they needed to be disguised. The Eureka, added later, was built by Severn Lamb.