[quote="mxdata"]Perhaps I am being too critical of the NRHS but when you look at the schedule of events and see that there are no seminars related to diesels (as usual) and see that these superb units are being used just for static display and photo lineups, it seems to me that the NRHS is missing the boat, or the train (again).
There are only a few people left around now who participated in the design and construction of first generation diesels. Having this many classic diesels gathered in one location could be an opportunity to do some activities that share their experience and knowledge. But I don't see the NRHS national organization making any effort to reach out to them just as there was no effort to reach out to the steam designers and builders before them. It seems like another opportunity is being lost.
But that is an issue entirely separate from the superb effort that ARHS and Tri-State are putting into restoring their respective locomotives.
I would say first offer a sizeable donation to your favorite chapter with your favorite engine. That will get their attention, and some may listen to you. There are many good people in the NRHS, that being said. When I was younger, I asked many members to save Erie's Alco Pa's At that time the answer was railroads own equipment not people. Only a nut would buy a real train! Many of these people were millionaires. Many own railroad and oil company stocks which were in their familys for a humdred years! In those days older people had money. They worked and saved for it. And didn't charge things, they saved for things. The NRHS I'm sure still has some millionaires in it. But to them trains are just a hobby. Getting them to spend it. I don't have a answer to that. Thank god, for the few nuts that bought equipment.
Delaware, Lackawanna and Pacific-everywhere east.
New domes should be built and soon.