I was in Strasburg on Saturday to check out 89 (looks great!). I was really disturbed to see the PRR steamers accross the street though. 460, the L1, and the K4 are now all sitting outside, without jacketing. The M1 is also without jacketing. I know funds are tight in PA right now, but they really look awful. I like the M1's new position (although in a perfect world it would be inside as well, but that tender is just monstorous!), but I sure hope they don't intend on keeping the K4 out there permently. You can already see new rust on the engine. I have always been concerned with some of their choices of what goes inside there (far to many pieces of rolling stock, and other lack luster pieces that should be moved to make room for more of the priceless engines, i.e. 4800. I don't care about yet another shay, or heilser, or fireless cooker when the very first GG1 is rusting away outside, much less the K4, L1, etc). 460 has been outside now since last summer. I am very concerned about this, does anyone know what is going on? Why are 3 of the most valuable pieces in the collection sitting outside in the weather again after we tax payers paid for the building expasion to protect them? I can understand a few months while they were removing the lagging for EPA reasons, but this is getting to be a long time now, and after this past winter the locos are starting to show it. If anyone from the RR Museum of PA is reading this please get them back inside!
Tom von Trott
Tom von Trott