The Proto 2000 E7’s first came out in 1996….
Birthday gift yesterday from my kids, a NIB Rivarossi dockside/switcher set. Cylinders suffer from metal rot, I had to CA them back on. I have it's identical mate only with plastic cylinders that works fine.There is. I just thought it odd there was no mention of how to convert it to DCC in the instruction booklet. That probably dates it in the late 90's... I'd guess.
You can buy the handrails pre-bent, ya know. At least the curved ones for the outside corners.