Mar 22, 2019
I wish them the best of luck in completing this task!
I just don't get this sort of thing, especially with an increasing number of operable steam locomotives stored. As Box wrote, "best of luck" and I agree.
Steamtown in Scranton, PA has four locomotives of Canadian heritage wasting away. You'd think that wisdom would prevail and the group in Alberta would visit with a willing Steamtown and choose the one best of the five, though I could understand omitting CP 2317 from the shopping list. Steamtown has long been derided as being the best Canadian railroad museum outside of Canada and should lighten up. By the way, Steamtown has 21 steam locomotives on display, not a one of which runs. Another is being cosmetically restored. They have one operating steamer, a Baldwin 0-6-0, received in trade for a CN 4-6-0. This is an example of what needs to be done. BM 3713 (a 4-6-2) is undergoing restoration.
Canadian steam resting at Steamtown includes:
3254 - Canadian National 2-8-2
3377 - Canadian National 2-8-2
47 - Canadian National 4-6-4T
2317 - Canadian Pacific 4-6-2 (operational 1978-2010, "awaiting future overhaul")
When I saw Al Broadfoot's name in the article, I am sure this will be successful, though Al and I are the same (old) age. He has done some wonderful work on steam locomotives including the CP 2816, which the CP has unfortunately parked. I have had the experience of riding behind this Hudson type, and you know I love Hudsons, just look at my sig.
2816 was my first cab ride
May the money hold out until completion!