Even if they could get the MBTA to donate one of them, you'd have to spend money to make them road-worthy (if that's possible)From what I have been told by the F40PH Preservation Society, it IS possible to make them not just road-worthy but operable, though it would come at a cost that they do not know and would likely have to secure using fundraiser money.
Now on something more substantial (ie-20 or 30+ miles each way)Like I said, a place like Conway or the Cape Cod Central would be a great home for these two, both of these locations host trains that run for many miles, Conway has the Mountaineer, and the CCCR has their Dinner Train. An F40 would be the perfect locomotive to haul trains like these.
I can't think of a railroad museum in New England where an F40 would fit in.I personally can see them fitting in with the old EMDs at Conway from the same era, same with the CCCR.
F40's are already represented in museums in CA, NC, and NV, and a few of those are operable or near operable.Yes, but note how all of those places that you named, with the exception of one, are on the other side of the country, and even the one that isn't is all the way down in Maryland, which may be close enough for the die-hard F40 enthusiast living in New England, but not for most average enthusiasts.
They're also represented on tourist railroads like the GCRR and the WMRR.
I don't see anyone bending over backward for these two... those are scrap value prices, and they've been for sale for a while if I recall.Well, it can't hurt anyone to try
I think as long as they can be secured along with the funds to make them run again and haul tourist trains (whether up in NH or down the Cape), then it is worth trying to save at least one of them.
Hoping to get MBTX 1008 and 1013 Preserved...