Gadfly wrote:Probably this is alive because of rail buffs' dreams about steam choo choos and finding a way to make their dream come true. I don't think this will ever come to pass, but people will still keep trying to bring back steam power with flying rods and whistles even if only in their nightly snooze!!!! I'd believe it when I see it. GFWell there is the Tornado in England (and to a much lesser degree the rumored new steam engine for Edaville!). I think one of the more interesting things here is the "fake coal" and the potential that maybe this could benefit the railroads by eventually replacing coal as a major transportable commodity.
Desertdweller wrote:. If these plants are forced to close, or convert to natural gas, the cost of electricity in this country will go through the roof.I agree with everything you said, except for the above. Welcome to the 21st century. gas is now cheaper than coal. the coal plants are being mothballed for economic reasons.
Did we ever hear a music sweeter than the one that thrills, as it floats along the Deerfield, as it echoes o'er the hills.-E. A. Fitch
How we watch that little engine as it stalks across the plain; was there ever music sweeter, was there ever sight completer, than the coming of the train?