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Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New England

Moderators: MEC407, NHN503

  by tj48
CarterB wrote:Stuff it...mount it...hang it on a wall....and leave it alone.
After reading this thread for a long, long time I agree........
  by gokeefe
I never realized they were trying to rebuild for Amtrak certification. That really is ridiculous.
  by MEC407
B&M 1227 wrote:Fix it up and get it a blue card, and pawn it off to Pan Am as their new business train...
Oh God, don't give them any ideas... PAR would probably paint it blue and replace the B&M Minuteman with the Pan Am basketball...
  by ExCon90
I don't know--it might look pretty cool if they could fit theater-car seating in the obs.
  by MaineCoonCat
Well it seems there is another resuscitation attempt at hand.. Got the following today in an e-mail:
flying yankee logo.jpg
The Flying Yankee Restoration Group is now back on track.
We have reorganized with a new and energetic board dedicated to restoring the Flying Yankee.
The Yankee will be moving soon to a location that will allow everyone to get a closer look, in the
spring it will be opened up for tours. Keep in touch for more announcements.
This email is not just to announce our new board but to also see who is interested in getting regular
newsletters and other communications - so if you do not want to be contacted please unsubscribe
at the bottom.

The Board
Tommy Robichaud - Chair
Wayne Gagnon - Secretary
Joe Santoro - Treasurer
Joseph Linquata - Membership Director
Bill Clark - Vice Chair

  by gokeefe
I don't know any of these people personally but its sounds to me as if they're striking the right tone.
  by b&m 1566
So, are they attempting to move forward with the restoration to opertion or is this the group that's to bring the display only restoration to reality?
  by gokeefe
Tough to say based only on the above statement. Perhaps send them an email and ask ... ?
  by Safetee
i don't see anything but "restoring" mentioned. even restoring to static is a tough road, but with the work already done it is a much easier road than restoring to operate.
  by NRGeep
FY still "under wraps?"
  by b&m 1566
No, the tarp was removed last year I think.
  by p42thedowneaster
Okay, sorry to bring this up again...

So I've read the "hobo rr statement" regarding the FY, and I understand why they wished to part ways with the FY and the FYRG. It also made sense for the FYRG to bring the FY to Concord since it appeared they were unable to employ volunteers in Lincoln.

However, now that the train is staying in Lincoln...wouldn't it make more sense to keep the train on display at the Hobo rather than exposing it to all the road salt down by the welcome center?

There has been a long standing tradition of it being passed along for $1. Has the Hobo RR been offered this deal?
  by b&m 1566
Then the Hobo would be responsible to build a multi-million dollar service facility, just for the train. The odds are stacked very high against this trainset. They can't even get the money to finish the project much less the money to construct a wye in Concord, rebuild the wye in Lincoln, possibly build another wye in Ashland and still need to build a service facility/museum. They have zero plan off action, since it clear this train will never meet Amtrak standards, so it will be locked in NH permanently. I've said it once, I'll say it again this engine needs a new fresh start from ownership on down.
  by p42thedowneaster
That's not what I'm suggesting? Couldn't the Hobo have a fresh start with it free from the FYRG and the original goals they had? Until now I was under the impression that Hobo was just a contractor on the project. They had no ownership or future expectation to receive ridership returns.

Couldn't it be restored to scenic rail standards and kept outside like everything else?
  by NRGeep
3rdrail wrote: As with a lot of other working restorations, I hope that the Yankee doesn't wind up rusting away in some barn after being Frankensteined some twenty or thirty years from now.
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