The beads have arrived and they are already on the little engine. I had to buy a whole tube of #8 black beads and #8 gold beads and I used exactly 5 of each!! I know I can use more of the gold ones on the Christmas tree that is on the Gift Car so that will help a little.
The beads are on the top part of the engine, right below the smokestack. It certainly makes a difference to have them sewn on. Enjoy!