Pardon me for asking, given I am not up on the details of the freight, but what seems to be the problem with what Lowell Smith did versus what was there in 1955? Just wondering as I am planning on getting both parts post haste.
The CK Holiday and Freight Car set arrived today and I am very happy with how they turned out. Lowell Smith has done a beautiful job recreating Engine #1 in a small scale. The Freight Cars "Retlaw 1" are also quite nice.
I put the CK on my test/programming track (photo 1) to see how she ran as a DC locomotive; I typically run using DCC (Digital Command Control), but she has yet to receive a decoder, let alone figure out where to put a decoder. The CK Holiday is indeed the new 4-4-0 American produced by Atlas and runs at a decent slow speed for DC. The motor is in the tender and is coupled to the locomotive via the drive shaft. The electrical pickup's are all in the tender, so clean track will be a must for smooth operation.
The car set is nice and will be a nice addition to Retlaw 2, plus I also have the Bachmann made Jackson-Sharp style Excursion cars. All f which will make for a nice operating Disneyland RR. The Bachmann cars come with knuckle coupler and are set to the correct height for the CK Holiday's tender; I need to find the coupler gauge to be certain the height is correct. The Lowell Smith cars arrived with the knuckle couplers too high (see attached photo 2), so an adjustment will be required to keep all of the cars running well. Both the CK and the car set also come with standard Rapido couplers if you wish to use them or create a conversion car (one end Rapido and the other end knuckle).
As you will see, the Excursion car is coupled to caboose. Too me this makes the train set look more like the real DLRR. Plus, the caboose may become the home for the DCC decoder.
I am curious to others thoughts on these sets as well.