More to come.
Went to visit the park, around 3pm after spending many hours at ‘Steamtown‘. There was thunderstorms in the forecast and the weather did not look promising. So, I was hoping we could take refuge in the Everhart Museum which is inside the Park. It is closed on Wednesdays! That was disappointing.
But, we decided to explore until the rains came. Though it always looked imminent, it did not rain. So, we lucked out.
‘Nay Aug‘ is an Indian name and means ‘noisy brook’ — the brook is sure is that.
The Tree House was cute. I hiked the Gorge. You can see that in the GPS track. It was fun and scenic. I had fun. Got to see a train. That was a bonus.
The rose garden was quite impressive too, though it was past its peak.
Definitely recommend it. I wish we weren’t always keeping an eye on the rain. I would love to go back. Nice place Scranton — Joe Biden’s birthplace.
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ONE of the problems.
- Major problem is asbestos (lots of it) and the huge cost of getting it off.
- No plans, whatsoever, for MECHANICAL restoration (too far gone, way too expensive) — so just cosmetic restoration.
- Only way to move it, for asbestos removal in a contained, airtight space, is through the Turntable.
- Too long for the Turntable — tender needs to be separated from engine.
That is what they have had to contend with.
I lucked out. Got a chance to have a nice, chat with a very knowledgeable, longtime volunteer who was touching up the paint on the beautifully restored (though mechanically inert) Reading 2124. He gave me the scoop.
Unlike the UP 4014 ‘Big Boy’, doing the laps in the Midwest, UP 4012 is unlikely to ever run again. It cost $4.8 million to restore the 4014 and the entire annual budget of ‘Steamtown‘ is $4.2M. Plus, there are no tracks in Pennsylvania that can accomodate the Big Boy. The curves are all too tight! The Big Boy was built for the West!
They have to get it into a contained building in order to get rid of the asbestos. Only way, via rails, is through the Turntable. But, the tender has to be separated from the engine so that they will each fit. This requires the built-in drawbar to be cut. They plan to do that when the weather gets cooler, in September or October. Then they will haul it out via the Turntable.
They also need a new ‘jacket’ for the engine. Restoration will take at least a year.
So, that is the story.