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I recently started running my KCC Virginian Trainmaster K2499-0052HS. I’m thoroughly embarrassed to admit it was forgotten for years, hidden in plain sight under the train layout. As many of you know, this is a great runner and thinking back, it was offered at a great $ price.

Tonight I noticed that on the left side the engine has “Virginia”, and on the right it has the proper road name Virginian. See picture. Does anyone know if this a known (common) factory error? Or will this be my greatest find, lol?  I searched the OGR archive but could not find any thread.

Living in Virginia, I’m thrilled to have this in my roster. And now I have to locate the matching “Virginia” caboose. (The matching one I bought with it says Virginian on both sides.

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Alright guys, you seem to be missing the point.  Part of the fun of this hobby is the screw ups that the factory makes.  If it really bothers you to own one of these there are plenty of other people who would like to have it.   Don't 'fix' it.  Pass it on.

I think you're missing the point.  You don't get to dictate what others do with their property.  If he wants to fix it, he's 100% entitled to do so.  If he wants to sell it, that's fine too.  Maybe he'll just put is in a box and hide it.

Not all of us are eagerly looking for factory screw-ups to proudly display.

@gunrunnerjohn Ha! Or maybe I should paint over the N on one side of the caboose?

@Bill DeBrooke Never thought I’d own anything rare, but you are right that it’s fun to have something that slipped through the QC department that wasn’t a mechanical related error!

@Dave Koehler It would have to be an MTK Katy spelled Kate to not arouse suspicious looks in this household. 😉

Hey John,

Leave it as is.  Probably worth more with the mistake than if you try to fix it and screw it up.

Last month,  I found a NIB Virginian caboose in the local flea market train shop in Culpeper,   for $10.00.

It had probably been on the shelf for 20 years.  :-O

Really cheezy translucent plastic windows though.  I'm gonna remove mine,  and put a yellow LED bulb inside.

Mannyrock

I don't mean to upset anyone but to dismiss the historical value (not the dollar value) of a 'factory error' is to dismiss an important facet of this hobby.  Some people collect 'factory errors' and they are an important part of this community.  Other people are collectors and not operators.  If it were not for the collectors this hobby might not have died in the 70's but it certainly would not have had the success that exploded from the 80's through the end of the century.

If you don't believe it, how do you explain your ability to buy NIB items and 'Displayed Only' items from all the manufacturers that produced product in that era.  Most of that product is not coming from train store warehouses but from collectors that have either passed on or are preparing to.

Sometimes a real loco gets a repaired panel and the lettering does not get re-added, at least not at first. Santa Fe apparently did this more than most, as there are numerous photos of ATSF hood diesels with things like "Santa Fe Fe" on the long hood. I have no idea if the Virginian ever did this in real life, but you could leave it and claim that this was seen once, after dark and in the rain....

If it were me, and it's not, I'd not want to mess up the mess-up.

@D500 posted:

Sometimes a real loco gets a repaired panel and the lettering does not get re-added, at least not at first. Santa Fe apparently did this more than most, as there are numerous photos of ATSF hood diesels with things like "Santa Fe Fe" on the long hood. I have no idea if the Virginian ever did this in real life, but you could leave it and claim that this was seen once, after dark and in the rain....

If it were me, and it's not, I'd not want to mess up the mess-up.

Ditto!!!!

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