@0-Gauge CJ posted:
Here is a picture of N&W #885 2-8-0 that I think is closer to what 917 might have looked like. I don't think it has the stars on the piston chambers(?).
Wish the headlight could be mounted near the top of the smokebox, but I don't think Lionel is making one with that option.
As it turns out, N&W's W2 class (which #917 ranks among) did have a headlamp mounted on the front of the smokebox!
It does seem that #917's batch(?) of consolidations did have the higher-mounted headlamp. Picture of #943
Regardless, it is nice to know that N&W had roughly the the same model and appearance. I'm being picky but I do appreciate when the model's general appearance matches the prototype