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Sean R Das

I like the news that NS is resuming steam excursion service (especially with talk of the N&W 611 returning to service), but I've always wondered--now that NS "owns" the Pennsylvania Railroad, should they restore a Pennsy steamer like a K4s or M1b? What do you guys think? Imagine--a K4s in excursion service on the Horseshoe Curve!


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The 1361 passing an I1 on the curve. That would be sweet. But I'll say no NS shouldn't do the restoration. There is a finite amount of resources NS will commit to a steam on their system. Soak that up with one locomotive and you get one locomotive. Use those resources to field steam NS doesn't own and restore. You'll could see more than one locomotive on NS in a given summer. For the PR value the heritage of the locomotive is lost on the majority of the people NS is targeting.


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Well I am not a stuffed shirt about it. I don't care who restores a steam locomotive, as long as it's done correctly, who cares? One more from the grave, we should all cheer everytime it happens!!! is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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