Jason Shron, well-known to modelers as the founder of the excellent Rapido Trains, has launched a campaign to save VIA LRC 6917 from the scrappers. 6917 and two other LRC engines (6914, 6919) are at VIA's Toronto Maintenance Centre and are slated to be scrapped soon. The intent is for 6917 to be restored to at least display condition, and moved to the site of soon-to-open Toronto Railway Heritage Centre at the bottom of John Street in Toronto, at the former CP roundhouse. They need to raise well over $100,000 to purchase the locomotive and move it to the centre. Toronto Sun article
Fellow LRC VIA 6921 is at the Canadian Railway Museum. I shot it in July 2005.
The LRC units were built by Bombardier (successor to MLW in Canada) between 1980 and 1984. VIA had 33? of these units at one point, and they operated for close to 20 years on VIA before being replaced by the F40PH-2s we all know and love.
I was going to go on a bit of a rant about spending a lot of money to preserve a second LRC, when one is already preserved, but that would be wrong. It's great that Jason is passionate about preserving the LRC and supporting the new museum in Toronto. It's great that he is putting a lot of his own money and time into the project, and nobody should discourage him from that. More people and more funds are needed for railway preservation, and I'd like to hear more stories like this.
What are your thoughts on preservation of railway items, like locomotives and cars?