N&W 1218 posted:
... I'm impressed with all of the features except for one. The Vista Dome cars are NOT lighted with LEDs. With the lights out you can't even tell that they are dome cars. Big disappointment.
That is a HUGE disappointment. I guess that'll be yet another customization project folks will need to tackle with these cars... perhaps the same time they add passengers to the interiors. I'm not sure what I'd do if it were me. Given that it's not just the "one" Vista dome car, but FOUR... I'd almost be inclined to return them to my dealer.
I'm expecting my Texas Special set to arrive tomorrow (Tuesday), and I think that set is supposed to have just one Vista Dome... so it won't be AS big of a deal. But if I'm not absolutely thrilled with the set, the cars will be going back to Charlie Ro... and I'll purchase something else with the $$$. Charlie is good in that way, as long as you're not abusing the privilege. I'm really hoping to keep the set though, since I've waited so long for them. I was originally hoping for the 18" aluminum version and was extremely disappointed when Lionel didn't include the Texas Special in the last run of aluminum 18" cars. In 24 hours, I'll know where I stand.