Re: Whatever Happened To Accuracy?
Garth G. Groff <ggg9y@...>
Shawn,toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
Always a touchy problem, and I see it touched you!
Some of the early cars displayed at the CSRM were pretty awful. Now Kyle Williams Wyatt is trying to get
things right on the equipment he restors, but it can't always be done perfectly. He's fighting against
very tight budgets (remember, this is a state-supported museum, and the state is $40 billion in the
hole). Plus he gets to deal with a board of directors that seem more interested in train rides and
Railfairs that careful restoration. Now they have a full-sized Thomas the Tank Engine running
push-me/pull-you with their WP F-7. Go figure!
Groups that depend completely on volunteers often do far worse. Sometimes they have limited research
materials, time and money. Other times they just don't care. Recently we discussed the M&STL boxcar at
the Western Railway Museum, and there was some criticism of its paint scheme. It might be wrong, but I
was told the fellow who painted this car, its RF&P sister, and the D&RGW car tried hard to get it right,
and really did care. He was forced out of the group by petty politics. Now nearly all their freight cars
are deteriorated to the point of embarrassment because almost nobody is interested in preserving them.
Yet to their credit, the museum recently began a major restoration on one of their 100-year-old CCT
boxcars and are carefully rebuilding it to original condition, not just a repaint.
Your point about being lucky to have cars preserved at all is well said.
Garth G. Groff
"Beckert, Shawn" wrote:
... Now before I go any further, let me make clear that I'm very