We're talking N scale here, so, to me, complaining about the height of the cars is sort of like stating that the couplers are all wrong!:p
Michael, I think you "chose wisely" with regards to the boiler jacket color.
Overall, I think it's a very nice set. Your biggest hurdle may be trying to explain things to neophytes who ask, "why does this train come with cars that look nothing like the ones I see on the real Disneyland train?"
T&S, the real consist was six cars long. Just buy two sets, and keep the second engine as a spare, or sell it on e-bay!
This may be the first scale trainset modeled on the Disneyland Railroad, since the 1960s Tyco set. Anyone want to guess how much that set is selling for today? (Hint: to quote Michael from another thread, "$$$").
Michael, here's a story: My very first attempt at modifying a locomotive was performed in 1983, when I was 17 years old. I would look at old ads in Model Railroader, and, using a black felt-tip pen, I would "modify" the Bachmann 4-4-0 ads, until I had a recognizable silhouette of the Ripley. When I thought the project could be accomplished, I saved my dough, and bought an HO scale version of the UP 119. I removed the roof, raised the cab front and rear into a curved shape, and added a curved roof, which had the effect of making the cab look larger. I sanded down the dome flutes, and used an arc lamp from an old Mantua 2-6-0. The cap stack was the door lock from a 1966 Oldsmobile Delta 88 that I chucked in a drill and turned to shape (remember those old car door locks?--they looked like golf tees. My mom never knew what happened to the one from her car). A couple paint job attempts later, and I had my first model of the E.P. Ripley, following very much the same procedure you did!
Anyway, I think it looks great, and I bet it will look great in front of the Main Street Station.
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