@Catonsville Central Railway posted:
Here's testament to why speaking up (in a polite and respectful way) about issues noted in the catalog early while the models are still in the design phase is so important! I imagine someone probably reached out to them about the issues with the striping, and they responded by making corrections. With paint and striping it costs just as much to get it wrong as to get it right, and it's certainly in Lionel's best interest to get it right. Now of course, how it arrives from the factory is another issue altogether...
Also, FWIW, Ryan specifically answered in a podcast that the shell and all is brand new tooling for the sake of being able to model prototypical detail variations. So it should not be a rehash of old MTH or Lionel tooling. I'm sure the drivetrain is existing but of course no reason to reinvent the wheel there.
Recent history shows the bulletproof drivetrain of the TMCC Hudsons will be replaced with the back drivable version on most all the Legacy steam engines. Hopefully they will include the gear spacer so you won’t have to send them to Harmonyards for repair.