Thank you all for your input and understanding- it is much appreciated! I ended up at Joe’s train station & Henning’s on Sunday so I didn’t get a chance to view the set properly.
I could’ve swore that the top of the box had the label @Nation Wide Lines posted when I first saw it . Obviously, I can’t trust my memory when it comes to my original viewing of the set. Considering that the logos on the side are correct, then that must be top of the box and as I observed Friday night the logo on the top of the box isn’t there. If that logo was removed or fell off, That could explain the large discoloration “splotch”- I assumed an adhesive was used to put the logos on the box?
Also, @Nation Wide Lines - the 1201 in the box, while not assembled, did indeed have the handrails. On another note, I know I kept saying I have a 1270 but I checked and it’s a 1218.
The camera flash makes the paint chipping on sides of the steeple look worse than it is- its my only Prewar Flyer engine. As opposed to my Prewar Lionel, and Ives electrics and Marx steam engine, the1218 only requires about 40% if the voltage that I’d apply to reach the same speed using a conventional type Z.
Obviously,I need to and willfind out some more info(engine condition, parts present, etc...) But, as I saw it Friday, I like it but not enough for me to spend $100 on it.
Also- to, in terms of crackle Litho/the “alligator” litho, heres my 3000 Baggage car that has it on the door. Thankfuly, that’s the only place it’s present.
Again- thank you all for your help! Will keep you posted.