As someone with a more than casual , but not deeply knowledgeable interest in the 20th Century Ltd train, it seems as though the MTH preorder offerings of 20-3903/04 are close to what I believe to be the as delivered 1938 delivered versions. This conclusion is based upon product catalogs and information gleaned from other threads.
If I am correct is there one of these MTH versions considered more authentic than another for the 1938 as delivered engine?
Also what is the significance of the tender in the 20-3905 offering as it is much more massive than the other tenders. What version of the 20th Century would this engine have pulled?
I apologize in advance for my ignorance.