Unfortunately, the story this one tells is of someone’s misguided attempt to “restore” it, and in doing so, actually erasing that natural patina and history you wax poetic about.
They used a cheap dark stain on the rails, did a half assed repaint of the cab and head, and used a very yellow “clear” on the perfectly intact playfield art.
Not to mention they also hacked the hell out of the wiring and over filed every switch way too rough. You can tell the game hasn’t been played much or at all since the work. The reproduction plastics they put on it are nice I guess?
To a casual observer it’d pass as a neat old relic, but to anyone who works on or collects these things, it’s a bit of an aberration.
If that’s the story anyone wants their games to tell, give me a holler. Lightening Dull could be yours!