29.1.18

GETTING STEAMED UP.

None of The Pennsylvania Railroad's T1 passenger locomotives made it into preservation.  Perhaps they were the wrong technological fix at the dawn of the diesel age, or perhaps the cash-strapped, formerly Standard Railroad of the World, couldn't maintain them properly.

There's a serious effort under way to build a new locomotive using the T1 plans, and the current fundraising effort is to finance two boiler courses.  The nose, cab, and one driving axle are to hand, as is a coast-to-coast tender reclaimed from work train service.

Don't buy your tickets for the Admiral or Trail Blazer just yet, dear reader, the plans are to have a finished locomotive in 2030 or so.

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