...that, although I always recognized the signifance of the streamlining of Flying Yankee and its importance in NE railroading, it has the origonal Winton engine, thus being a sole surviving Winton rail diesel! Very important.
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wolfmom69 wrote:As one who enjoys and treasures obsolete power plants,I applauded the attempt to restore the Winton engine,but NOT the plan to use this prime mover,in actual service,including what some "idealists" hoped would be on "mainline rails". An analogy; a friend bought an American LaFrance pumper,with their great V-12 engine. Truck and engine 70 years old,but rebuilt. Fine for the occassional "parade",but this guy wanted to use it every weekend on the highway;constant breakdowns,so a later model V-8 Chevy and transmission has replaced the V-12 and the non synchro transmission. A much more reliable unit-and the original V-12 etc. has been kept well stored. His breakdowns did NOT tie up a mainline railroad,and inconvenience a number of passengers. BudPoint well taken. Though it is disappointing, it is reality and... Well this train is being restored for service not just as a display. I just hope that someday they can get the engine fired up just to say they did. A waste of money? maybe but your also starting and engine that change the face of time (railroading anyhow). Yeah the website says that maybe it will be put back in place someday, but with all do respect; I just think it's more for the people that may take it hard knowing the engine that was, will never be anymore. I do tip my hat to those who have been working with the impossible dream. I often heard many people say it would never happen, but it is and the Flying Yankee will ride the rails someday. How often will the Yankee ride? I don't think anyone knows right now or where it will travel to.