Y'know? It all depends on an individual's opinion. What is "Truth" and what is "fact?" What is "Accurate" and what is "relevant?"
To say that a surviving relic, no, let's be "factual" here, an actual surviving, operating piece of RR equipment isn't relevant to that RR's history?"
Assuming I've read you guys correctly, (and I'm not going to waste time pouring through irrelevant threads on annother forum to figure it out,) that's what NHRTHA, or at least, it's more prominant members are saying.
Valley Railroad down here in CT may not be using NH steam engines, (because there ARENT any,) or even NH diesels for that matter, but they have several pieces of original NHRR rolling stock which they run over a FORMER NH branchline. But who cares!?? It's not RELEVANT to NH history?!?!?
I dunno guys,... *shaking head in frustraation*
Well, the VRR is the VRR... and they're rebuilding a Chinese steam engine from "parade-rest" up. When it's finished, it may not BE a genuine NH steamer, it may not even LOOK that much like one, save the rebuilt cab and a few genuinely accurate appliannces, BUT she WILL be painted with NEW HAVEN on the tender.
When completed, she will be the CLOSEST THING that anyone has been able to produce to a genuine NH steamer because NOBODY ELSE is doing it!
(What's my point here? I'll get there, bear with.)
Simply put, we know we'll never produce a steamer that will quiet all the rivet counters in 12"=1' scale....
but I don't see anyone else stepping up to the plate to do such a thing.
some VERRY genuine NH diesels HAVE been saved and continue to operate at other museums. It hasn't been solely through NHRTHA's efforts that these things have been done. But I'd defy those guys to try to say that ANYONE'S 12"=1' scale model isn't ACCURATE!
THEY didn't PAINT the dang thing!
Just for comparison...
the WW&F RR, (a 2'er in Maine) recently acquired a locomotive that until recently had never even SEEN Maine, let alone originated on an original M2F RR. SInce the RR in question bought the original charter for the W&Q, leagally they ARE the original RR and can do whatever they want... but!
NOBODY is about to say that WW&FRR #10 is NOT a MAINE TWO FOOTER locomotive... now!
And nobody will complain when they ride behind it,... nor will fans of the original lumber company that ordered it built way back when come out of the woodwork to complain about it's being painted for a Maine RR which it never ran on until recently.
So let NHRTHA talk all they want about accuracy. When I want a NH locomotive in HO, I'll buy the closest comercialy available product I can find, use whatever decals are out there, and either carve the window and add details,... or just leave it be in all it's innacurate glory, and I'll call it good!
I'lll HAVE to, because the "KEEPERS OF MODELING ACCURACY" STILL have not produced a cab wrappper with an arched roof window, NOR does it look like they willl ever make any effort to do so.
So, the VRR and I will have to scratchbuild our own cabs,( each in our respective scales,) and CALL IT GOOD!
And thanks to our efforts (and the Naugy, and CERM, and Danbury, et all...) the NEW HAVEN will live on in more than just memory.
"It belongs in a MUSEUM!"