Re: Accuracy of paint schemes...
The NMRA is actually once again going down the road of self-destruction in attempting to set itself up as a Consumer Protection Bureaucracy for the Hobby of Model Railroading.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
I believe that one of the main reasons for the decline of the NMRA has been its talent for alienating the manufacturers. The organization was founded by a group of Manufacturers, Modelers and Publishers who all had a vested interest in the Establishment of Interchange Standards and Promotion of the Hobby. At some point in the sixties or seventies the Manufacturers and Publishers left the NMRA (probably because of the NMRA's preoccupation with vests instead of those vested interests) with today's active participation down to one major manufacturer of DCC systems and decoders on the DCC Committee. The NMRA is busily working on revising their NMRA Standards without any, as far as I can determine, participation or input by any manufacturers.
A minority volunteer organization such as the NMRA does not have the resources or mandate to pass judgment on active, full-time for-profit businesses. That is the function of the marketplace in a free economy. No manufacturer is going to submit the fortunes of its product releases to a committee of self-appointed volunteer experts, nor can such an organization assume the liability for assuming that role.
Issues regarding accuracy or applicability of details, paint and lettering are very subjective and best left to the marketplace. These are matters of opinion, sometimes even among well-informed experts.
As Richard points out, the way to improve the gene pool is to support the products that are prototypically correct (even if it doesn't claim to be so on the box label). If you see an opportunity for a correct product, support the manufacturers with complete, accurate, and timely information. Continue to educate the general Model Railroad public with articles and information about freight cars (and locomotives, passenger cars, operations, etc..) If there are more Informed Modelers than "Bozos", Prototypically Correct products will dominate the marketplace.
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Jared, MRIA has never touched the topic of accuracy or any otherWell, de facto, that's what we have now. Those few manufacturers who