Discussion of the past and present operations of the Long Island Rail Road.

Moderator: Liquidcamphor

  by newkirk
 
RGlueck wrote: Regarding the G5's, they deserve a non-critical topic header of their own. I'm certain both groups want the locos ready to go as much as we do, however "bashing" the groups won't get it done any faster.
Dick:
I hope I was't misunderstood. I wasn't bashing any groups. Just pointing out that if the steamers were made operational, would the MTA allow them on their railroad ? If the MTA says no way, then we have two G-5s raring to go going nowhere. I attended many fan trips that helped raised cash for #39, but never saw a G-5s in action. I apologize if I was hostile.
  by Cannon Ball
 
At least one of the steam locomotives has a place to run: LI G5s #39 is the subject of a multi-decade lease to Strasburg RR once its restoration to operational condition is complete, so it's got a welcome home railroad on which to run for a long time, once funding goals are met. You guys can help right from home by looking up on Amazon, retired LIRR engineer Mark Smith's book "My Life on the LIRR: Memories of a Steam Locomotive Engineer". Mark was probably the last living LI engineer qualified on steam, and has donated all rights to his memoir book to the RR Museum of LI, which owns #39, as his way of helping out the restoration. RMLI gets 100% of the revenue from sale of Mark's book, in perpetuity. Here's the website for you to order; you'll enjoy the read!

https://www.amazon.com/My-Life-L-I-R-R- ... 287&sr=8-1