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 back to operational status over the next several years. According to my sources of information it will be a 5-7 year time frame.
The personal and deliberate low-balling attacks directed at me over the past few years by website owners / members, certain 470 Railroad Club trustees / members and past / present employees of Conway Scenic Railroad, etc really pissed me off beyond belief. SHAME ON THEM!!
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 finally grew tired of being thrown under the bus all the time for things that weren't my fault regarding my former involvement with efforts aimed at restoring EX-MEC Steam Locomotive #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 million 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 in life comes with a price tag. The 470 Railroad Club burned themselves when they decided to burn me. I don't take anybody's crap and that goes double for those who threw me under the bus without due justification.