steamer69 wrote:From the May 2012 Wheel Report
Paul Hallett wrote:Our good friends at the 470 club are actively continuing the work on Steam Locomotive #501's cosmetic restoration and have taken the wooden cab window frames out for repair and paint.
I guess it's better than nothing....I'm guardedly optimistic about them (470) actually doing something this year....step in the right direction, albeit a very small baby like step, it's still a step.
I was going to say "Before I say I told you so..." but this is what I have been saying all along. The 501 restoration is and has been continuing all along. It's not their 100%-first-highest-sole-priority "mission from God," but it IS and HAS been going on.
Can we agree that they are looking after the WHOLE collection, not JUST the 501, not JUST the freight cars and not JUST the 4268?
Paul Hallett wrote:We have switched the 470-owned GATX tank car into stall four of the round house for preparation for painting. This should be a relatively straight forward job because the car is all one color (black) and is in good condition. We have had some discussion about what kind of paint to use and will probably go with 'Crossfire' which is a brand that NAPA carries. It is a good automotive paint and is much less expensive than Imron but will last years longer than off the shelf black enamel.
Really....didn't see that coming....this is the one time I get to tell some of my fans on here I TOLD YOU SO!!!!! Don't have to pay Imron prices to get good long lasting paint quality....
Ok, I absolutely agree that Imron is not always
the best paint for the job. (I'll check and see what it was the VRR used on their own UTX tank car that will be on the Lerro photo special later this month.)
But, all the same, thank you for giving them credit where credit is due.
But the point that I was making before is, thus far proven, I think: The 470 Club is NOT incompetent, they're NOT neglecting any one piece of the collection for sake of all the others, NOR vice-verse, and they really ARE giving serious thought to where their money goes and not simply throwing it away on pipe dreams or wasteful projects.
Can we at least agree on that now? I hope so.
It'll make the beer that Brett buys me taste better if it's shared in sweetness rather than bitterness.