A new member from Northern Europe

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Tue Jul 26 23:21:22 EDT 2005

Welcome Markku!

As to your 611 question, well, all it takes is money, and some place to run
it. For an engine as large as 611, it would take a railroad, or another
equally large corporation, to fund the restoration and maintenance, as well
as paying the over-priced insurance. You also need the permission of the
railroads to run steam, and most are not interested in doing that right now.
Realistically, we are going to have to wait for another Robert Claytor to
come along: a railroad president or owner who also happens to be a railfan.

Marty Flick
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> Hi all,


> Greetings from a newly joined 611 & N&W friend from Finland!


> I am a Finnish male, born at May, 1950, height 70 inches, strong built.

> This partially explains that I consider the 611 the all time greatest

> locomotive in the world.


> In my second latest visit to US in summer 1998, I met another steam

> enthusiast at Homeward Suites hotel, Austin, Texas, who learning that my

> details match the 611's, donated me the 611 "Thanks for the Memories"

> T-shirt which I am wearing writing this.


> As to the J series in general, 80.000 lbs tractive effort without booster,

> capability to have a constant speed of 110 mph hauling 15 heavy passenger

> cars on level, combined with superior reliability and modest service

> requirements makes this loco in my mind impossible to beat.


> Do you see it feasible to once again restore the 611 to a running

> condition?


> Markku Kastinen





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