I agree...to a point. Was 1751 ever owned by an actual B&M/MEC/BAR or other local railroad? I'd like to see it in the scheme you mention, of course, but would that downgrade the authenticity of the actual loco? Tough call.
steamer69 wrote:It'll be nice to see lightning stripes on the mountain. Maybe they'll pair #1751 with "Old Sparkey" and let them go up the hill!
Speaking as a guy who's such a purist about preservation and so adamant about representing MEC (as opposed to the "B&M, which is already prevalent,) I fail to see how "lightning stripes" will look right in a locale that never saw NYC power.
I say, paint it forest green with the gold stripe to contrast with the gold & green of the newer units.
Yeah, it's the same "argument" about the RS3 that the BSRM acquired that they plan to make NYNH&H, as opposed to the rinky-dink copper hauler it came from and (last I knew) is still painted for.
I say, if you take it upon yourself to "represent," then represent what and where you are. If you're representing "national" railroading (like Steamtown) then by all means, preserve the engine in it's original form, even if that locomotive never operated within a thousand miles of where you are. If you're more "regional," then keep things "consistent," with your regional theme and what people might have seen in that region "back in the day."
Now, I must say, Steamtown does a good job of both representing the local roads while also preserving most of it's stable in "original" condition, but they have a much larger collection from which to pick and choose.