I'm curious about the fact that just about every model steam locomotive comes with a full bunker load of coal. It seems to me that the only time this happens is when the train has just left the station or terminal. Most of the times that I have looked at the coal pile, it had a V-shaped appearance leading forward toward the engine from either the automatic stoker or by hand firing. Has anyone modified the appearance of their tenders to reflect this? If so, how about posting a picture of your modification.
I think that it would be cool if model train manufacturers varied this a bit. Hey, we could even have the fireman back there "cutting coal".
What do babies and steam locomotives have in common? They both have a tender behind. (I couldn't help myself)