The Texas government decided that the way to preserve the engine was not to preserve it, but to completely replace the boiler. And the way to replace the boiler was not to replace it with an equivalent, according to the same design, the way a restorer would do, or even to get in touch with anyone who knows anything about steam locomotives. Instead, the way to preserve this engine was to get a stationary boiler company to build a boiler according to their own notions, made of thicker steel which cannot and will not expand and contract the same way, and tears itself apart every time it heats up or cools down.
And when throwing money at it hand over fist doesn't work out so well, to just leave the chassis rotting in the weather for a decade, because some taxpayers might get mad if they throw even more money at it. Besides, they already got their kickbacks from the boilermaker; who cares what happens to it now?
This is government. This is your irreplaceable heritage in the hands of a government. Any questions?
Last Edit: Sept 5, 2016 8:05:13 GMT -8 by acptulsa
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Post by Origanalist on Sept 6, 2016 7:09:59 GMT -8
I really hate guys that take a classic or antique car in perfectly serviceable condition and tear into them and cut, alter and modify them.
This is magnitudes worse. And with other peoples money to boot.
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