Unfortunately I am shying away from the LionChief Plus Steam offerings at this time. The biggest reason is the lack of a Front Coupler. I do have the LC+ PRR RS3 and love running it. The remote and dual couplers hold my interest longer than my conventional steam, 2025 and 8142. I really like to be able being able to couple onto and back cars out of a spur siding, or to use a passing siding to switch the train direction without turning the locomotive. I think it would be cool to run some short trains tender-forward (Strasburg-style). I'm sure they did lots of that back in the real days especially over shorter distances. With only one coupler I feel like loop running and more of the old 0-5-0 hand switcher is the result.
I know the A5 switcher has two couplers, but for some reason I'm not appealed to that small of a switcher model.
The lack of a Belpaire Firebox on the PRR Mikado has something to do with it too. Ha!