So far, four different posters have suggested that domes were not lit up on real trains, and one of them actually rode a dome at night. Do you guys still think that Lionel made a major mistake?
Nobody is looking for the dome to be lit up like a Christmas tree. Instead, having a pleasant subtle glow to the dome would have created an awesome effect rather than pure darkness. That's all we're saying. Undoubtedly, it's likely a cost-cutting move... just like the packaging of these cars. They no longer come in their own individual product boxes. Lionel has dispensed with the individual product box with interior foam liners. See my "first look" thread on the Texas Special 21" cars. Seems every penny is being squeezed out of the cost side of the equation. Somebody is definitely on a mission!