People that are right into this stuff tell me that sand bins aren't a major issue and can easily go either way .
Screens are and it may get a bit crowded having four facing the primary driving position . GE /Gonads have two for the loco stuff and PN want Freight Miser and ICE as well .
Things you would think unusual like head light/ditch light/dim switches being in three different locations needs to be fixed and how that situation ever came about beats me . I can only put it down to differences in manufacturers and operators convenience .
The hot plate option sounds trivial but think about this . A lot of people like to have one hot meal a day and having it on the fly is usually no issue . We'll say you work in a railway where 90% of the locos have a hot plate so you takes your food to work frozen in a steamer . At the right time it goes on the hot plate at a low setting to thaw and heat ready to eat . The day you rock up and find a microwave instead of a hot plate what do you do - metal and microwaves don't mix . Had you always had microwaves and carted food around in plastic containers and one day found only a hot plate ...
Rather than have a mix of one or the other there needs to be a standard and my vote goes to a hot plate . Cheap basic and easy to service . Self cleaning to a degree element wise and can double as a heater if all else fails . My personal opinion is that a microwave oven needs to be built in somewhere rather than added as an afterthought . The other problem is that some people have no concept of hygiene and I don't want to be debotulising someone elses lack of standards .
The fridge sounds like a big issue because the ones made for NRs I don't think are available and are a bit big to remove for change out easily . I hear that fridge suppliers won't supply odd sizes in small numbers and I doubt PN will order these locos in large enough batches to justify the minimum number of custom fridges to be economic to make . Not sure where this is up to ATM .
A lot of thought goes into locomotive cab standards and as with everything else there should be continuous improvements .
Cars and trucks you drive today are far more user friendly and less fatiguing than they were in the 80s let alone the 60s .
Theres no reason why locomotive cabs should be any different and if things are placed logically and ergonomically with no real cost penalty then its a no brainer isn't it .
Assuming all these issues have a good outcome it may be possible for other operators to view these 93 Cl cabs and if they are agreeable and cost not a factor it could become the std issue C44ACi cab layout . Its still possible to delete some items but the essentials can at least be located for ease of use .
The fuel filler pipes both sides need to be modified as mentioned but this is not a difficult thing to do anyway . If a more ergonomic solution is available again it could become std equipment .