Wow. I've been watching this thread for a few days now and I wasn't going to get involved because these conversations seem to go nowhere fast. I haven't posted anything here in quite awhile mainly because I've had two serious illnesses in the past year and wasn't feeling well but also because of the childish behavior of the posters who frequent the LIRR threads on this board for which I have no tolerence. It seems that once or twice a year a post appears about the lack of progress at RMLI. Maybe it's me, but it always seems that these posts appear "out of season", either well before or well after the planned work for the summer at RMLI is done. It could be a coincidence but I don't think so. As a former member of Project 39, the predecessor of RMLI, I am well aware of the infighting, feuds, grudges, and personal fiefdoms that have plagued this organization going all the way back to it's founder. I am also aware of what this must look like to an outsider. It leaves the door open for every loon or foamer who thinks they know better to voice their opinions. Everyone is allowed an opinion but as the saying goes "If your not part of the solution, you're part of the problem". Instead of focusing on what is wrong at RMLI, how about looking at a few positives. First, 39's boiler is at Strasburg. You can't ask for any better contractor to be involved. Second, Don Fisher is now the President of RMLI. While I don't know Mr. Fisher personally I know of him through others and through his informative and well thought out posts here. I don't think that the members could have made a better choice. Having said that, I now ask that everyone give him a chance. He shouldn't have to go back and repost all of his updates for the last year or so just because some are too lazy to do a search and find out on their own. If it's so important to know this information then join and become active.I had been intending to get active again but that was before I became ill. In the past I worked with Paul, Midwest Fred and others on 1556 and other pieces of equipment (by the way nice picture, Paul) Unfortunately, physical work is out of the question for me for quite some time. However, my mind and fingers still work. If Mr. Fisher or another member of the board would contact me(email is in my profile) I would be more than willing to discuss helping in any way that I can. One more thing before I put the soapbox away. Without pointing fingers at anyone, some posters here really need to learn how to write and how to use spell check. How do you expect to be taken seriously if your posts are full of errors of every kind and make no sense?
Don't strain your brain, paint a train.....