Unlike previous E8s from Lionel, the new Legacy E8s (mine is the New York Central #2033360) has a bell that rings slightly erratically, not always perfectly on the beat, so to speak. I assume that was done to simulate a person ringing an actual bell rather than an electronic bell sound activated by the engineer pushing a button. But this NYC E8 bears the “cigar band” livery from the 1960s. My question is this: did 1960s era E8s still have a physical bell ring by hand? I would have thought it had been automated by then.
ps.. if my description is not clear I can attach a video with the bell sound to demonstrate