To date I have put $100,000.00 of my own money into the vast pool of funding which drives the effort to restore one of the largest, heaviest, most powerful steam locomotive ever built & still in existence back to operational status over the next several years. According to my sources of information it will be more like a 5 year time frame.
The personal low-balling attacks directed at me over the past few years by certain website owners / members, certain 470 Railroad Club trustees / members including past / present employees of Conway Scenic Railroad. The actions of these unscrupulous individuals and their accomplices made this an easy decision for me to help The UP Railroad.
The truth is I would've really liked to place some $250,000.00 of my own personal funds into a steam locomotive restoration project based in New England. I grew tired however of being thrown under the bus for things that weren't my fault regarding my former involvement with efforts aimed at restoring EX-MEC #501 and all the B/S that came with it from the above mentioned.
If railfans want to point the finger of blame at anyone as to why MEC #501 may not run again or why MEC #470 project may take years and years to get anywhere then they have only themselves to blame. I choose to let them frolic in their own stink.
No matter how you slice it or dice it - skew it or stew it a quarter of a greenbacks is quite a chunk of change. However it's my money and I'll do with it what I want to do with it. They had their chance to be nice to me but weren't. Everything comes with a price tag.