"Prototype" 4-6-0?

A pal of mine recently scored a unfinished Bachmann On30 ten-wheeler off eBay and it's cast in different color plastics than the production ones. For example, the coal pile casting it in silver-color plastic, not black. It's a mix of silver and black colored castings.
It came with an extra tender (damaged and without trucks or internals) so he sent that to me. I have every intention of keeping it as-is as I strongly suspect that this was a pre-production example that perhaps Lee Riley might have owned.
I've heard rumors that this might have been an example used in the hobby press to show the pre-production of the engines.
Has anyone ever seen a photo of one of these in the hobby press or anything else I could learn about it?
I posted this at the Bachmann forum but nobody has responded...
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Sounds like a cool find, I can understand why you would want to leave it as is. I remember seeing pictures online of production samples when the Bachmann 2-4-4T came out.

If I reject reality and substitute 3-Rail, how does Narrow Gauge come into all of this?
SGP posted:

Sounds like a cool find, I can understand why you would want to leave it as is. I remember seeing pictures online of production samples when the Bachmann 2-4-4T came out.

I don't recall seeing that. That's what I'm trying to find, any pre-production photos of what might be this tender...

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