Well I got the Big Boy up and running and WOW what a locomotive. It handles my o31 areas just fine. This is a nice machine and I am super happy with my purchase.
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised that the overhang wasn't as great as I expected. It really didnt overhang much more than some Railking 60" passenger cars I have except maybe at the back end of the locomotive. I guess the articulation of the drive wheels makes the difference. I thought when it crabs around the corners it would look ridiculous but it's like a smooth work of art. I'm an MTH guy a lot of the time but congratulations to Lionel on the design of this Big Boy. It's fantastic!
Not getting tons of smoke yet but it's good. I don't think I have got the wicking saturated enough yet. Scared to over fill. I have to remember even though the Big Boy is so big the smoke unit probably isnt any bigger than in the smaller LC+ 2.0 locos 😄 but I really don't think 15 to 20 drops is enough for these fan driven smoke units especially with bone dry battling inside.