I wanted one of these until I saw the lame paint jobs! I have no issues with fantasy pieces, but all the white flash on the ERIE gunmetal model leaves me looking for a used MTH Premier model. What possessed them to paint everything white on that model escapes me!
I have been an mth guy since 1990 or 1991, except for lionel post war stuff. This year, 2023, we jumped back into lionel, 3 engines purchased. Day 14 of our first lionel vision line big boy, derailing on our 072 atlas o curves.... the only engine in our collection to have problems. Its a hard engine to analyze if parts are missing or incorrectly assembled. In retrospect, would have much preferred a used mth premier big boy, probably at way less dollars spent, but they are hard to find. We agree on fantasy pieces, sometimes we are protypical, sometimes only run for fun if its a catchy fantasy color, like the red lionel pacemaker steam engine.