Ham549 wrote:The F40PH's I'm looking at don't need to be restored and as part of a museum roster would get the same treatment all the other locomotives get.
think about ALL of the stuff that's in railroad museums ALREADY that will NEVER get restored. We are pretty up to date at the SFTM, the caboose is looking great (and it is mostly one guy working on it) and the 0-4-0 is starting to receive some work. I am also reinstalling some of the trimmings in #10.
Congrats - your museum is doing well right now. It won't be forever. People move, start families, get different jobs, die, or just lose interest. Museums catch fire, flood, get storm damage. Equipment malfunctions - hoo boy, does it ever - and you can't ever figure out the problem, or worse, it costs $50,000 to fix. Before you even think about adding new equipment or exhibits, make sure your museum has the wherewithal to take it on.
The F40PH is not rare - we can't tell you that enough. MBTA, Metra and VIA still run them, CSX has them on their executive train, there's at least 5 preserved by your own admission
- what else do you want? Tell the guys trying to restore a Baldwin, Lima-Hamilton or Fairbanks-Morse, or the ones frantically trying to save a wooden interurban body from the bulldozer, that an F40PH needs restoration before their projects. You'll get the coldest looks you can imagine, if they don't literally beat you up.
You say the 271 won't need restoration. Theoretically, no. But if you want a locomotive and not a mobile smokehouse, you'll need to invest huge amounts of time and effort into restoring it - Amtrak rarely sells a locomotive with much life left in it. I see the Berkshire Scenic has some GE, EMD and Alco locomotives. You should get involved in maintaining them before even considering asking for something larger and many times more complex.