I noticed in Chuck's video that the flickering light in the cab is easily visible, and it shows up very well in mine. The cab is very open. When the light is on, the painted gauges are easy to see; and when the light is off and the layout is darker, it certainly looks like a fire sits in front of the two crew members. This is the first time I've really appreciated the "flickering" effect in an American Flyer steam engine.
The handrails are now black, and the locomotive looks like a serious model. I still miss the Mars light once shown on an early version. Maybe Lionel might offer it as an optional parts purchase.