Must be a massive market for that sort of collection over there in the US?
I can confirm that there is. In my local operating group, which is one out of a couple
in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, there would be at least 6 layouts that I go to that are 150 sq m plus, and they’ve all got numerous passenger trains sitting around on them. People just like ‘em.
And I see the same when going on NMRA layout tours around the country.
Also, while there’s still a tendency to see local prototypes in different regions, there’s a lot less parochialism than I see in Australia which is obviously born out of the former state rail monopolies and the lack of interchange between them.
This Super Chief rolling stock ran over a huge chunk of the country (Chicago to LA), through many populated states (unlike the Indian Pacific) with much the same equipment for a few decade, including the most popular steam-diesel transition era (although some fudging will be required, some of that stuff is post-steam).
But I bet I’ll see a lot more of these behind war bonnet Fs than Blue and Yellows. People love that scheme; I’ve seen it even on Milwaukee road, NP and D&RG (standard gauge) layouts, which is a long way from home