R. D. 4, Box 41, Plymouth, Indiana
Enclose please find check for another year. I think you are doing a fine job and only wish that we could get the magazine every month.
Your picture of 'The End' on the flap of the subscription envelope reminds me that my 30 hp. Russell will have to look that way before she runs again. I will have to remove the smoke box door to replace the ring and bolts that are rusted badly.
I am putting up a 40x60 Quonset building this spring to house my collection which is now crowding me out of my welding and machine shop.
On page 19 of the March-April issue you mention the question by Leo Huston of South Dakota, 'Would steam fans be interested in contributing $1.00 or more toward the purchase of a steam locomotive to be preserved in some central location?' I would say for myself, yes. I would gladly contribute $25.00 for that purpose provided said locomotive be located centrally to the majority of steam fans. And provided it be placed on some track so that it could be 'exercised' at least once a year. Preferably at the same time as a Reunion is to be held at the same place.
There are getting to be quite a few 'dead' engines in parks and in big city depots. Most of them donated by the Railroads. I would like to see at least one full sized 'Live' one preserved before i is too late. To spend a few minutes in a scrap yard where locomotives are wrecked every day is a heart rending experience. It is the end of the rails for them just one more vanishing American.