This isn't quite on your level, but about a year ago, I repainted a 244 Lionel Scout locomotive pink for my oldest daughter in homage to Lionel's "girl's set". I also included diamond rhinestones over the coal load and left "Lionel Lines" visible on the tender. She ended up loving it Now she has her own to play with her older brother.
Charlie, your 195Os action packed layout thread inspired me to go forward and get a modest layout up and running in a 5x9 space. Thanks again for sharing all of your great ideas.