As we become more educated in the hobby and in prototype operation, and with manufactures, such as Lionel, that does a fantastic job of detailing models for us 3rd railers, it sure would be nice if they did pay more attention to our input and suggestions. Weather they implement out suggestions, is another thing.
Not taking anything away from others that like all the gimmicks , whistles and bells, even if not accurate, is fine. I'm not saying that everything needs to be prototypical correct. Look at what Lionel did with the SP AC12 cab forward in Daylight colors, or the UP Challenger "what if" paint scheme. I don't like them, but others do and they should have what makes them feel happy.
But more and more modelers, especially those that are coming of age, are looking for something that is even more accurate. The great improvements in sound and control, WIFI instead of remotes, quilling and smoking whistles and "smoking" water scoop on the new Niagara, etc. have enhance the hobby. So I applaud Lionel and others to continue to push up the bar.
I support the elimination of marker lights on a tender, even for "what if" paint schemes. This little change may be too late as the dies have already been cut years ago. The last thing Lionel wants to do is invest $$$$ in new dies for existing tenders.
So I guess "it is what it is".