Otto Vondrak wrote:Otto, I could not agree with you more.steamer69 wrote:I'm over the bickering between the staunch Edaville supporters and the staunch Maine supporters....Well said. The time for bickering is over. Either band together to try to save what you want, or walk away.
How about ways to galvanize the community to save an icon of American history and a Veterans dream....I would much rather read about that than who from the Edaville fans "hates" MNG and visa verse.....Just sayin....cause when the rails are torn up, the rest of the equipment is sold or scrapped, and the houses are built....there's no putting them back.
The best parts of EDAville have moved North. I hope the park can be saved as an attraction, I really do, but that's no reason to put down MNGR. If I had the $$, I'd save it myself. Likewise, if I could, I'd buy the pieces and either donate them, or build my own park RR someplace, but again, no $ flow.
The way it breaks down is: MNGR: no ROOM for more stuff, (and the Hudswell's boiler isn't certified to operate by or in the State Of Maine anyway.) WW&F: could maybe use the one remaining authentic coach, but that's about it. No room for much else, and the trucks left there are no good for WW&F. SRR Park/Philips? MAYBE they could use the H. C., if they could get it past the State Boiler Certification, but they're not exactly rolling in cash, and they also suffer from lack of space.
BOOTHBAY? Could maybe take a car or two, or maybe even the H. C loco because they can do whatever was needed to make it pass the State Cert. But all these places have limited space and the existing historic collection has been shuffled and dealt out to other sites by MNGR as much as they can for now.
I agree that if worst came to worst, the remaining cars with any historic value should be saved and sent back to Maine IF they came from there. That is not saying I wish to see EDAville sold off at auction by any means. I hope for the best, but If miracles cost $10M these days, I'm not holding my breath.
Oh, and honestly, YES, I WOULD like to see the remaining diesel(s?) saved too, but where would they go? All the above mentioned sites (except possibly Boothbay) already have at least one diesel.
"It belongs in a MUSEUM!"