TrainingDave posted:Rusty Traque posted:TrainingDave posted:
Specific domes for each road name
As the dome itself is a separate piece, it costs just as much to do it right as it does to do it wrong.
Imagine if these domes show up on the UP excursion set?
It is a correct Budd dome.
So with that dome correctly tooled, Lionel would have to make another tool for the other domes used on all the other road names. Seems like a minor thing to me if it means these can be had at a smaller price.
Also, JohnB is right. Not many domes were brightly lit, if lit at all. Would defeat the purpose.
But this thread seems more about torches and pitchforks than anything else.
Nope, Lionel's dome is not even correct to represent the dome pictured, which is an ex-D&RGW car. The Rio Grande car has curved glass on the lower windows and Lionel's has flat glass. Also notice the D&RGW's dome windows are angled forward slightly.
Lionel's dome is closest to the Burlington's "Silver Dome," which rebuilt from a coach and was the pattern for all following Budd domes. The only reason it has flat glass was curved glass wasn't available due to wartime restrictions.
But in reality, Lionel's appears to be patterned from the Pullman Company's Santa Fe domes: