Good evening, before I go any further with this I would like to say one thing, you steam, guys don't shoot the messenger !!!!!!!!!
Yesterday I picked up the Altoona Mirror Sunday Edition and there on the front page the headlines read,
"Banked Fires, Believers Keep Hopes Alive Of K4 Under Steam"
The writer of the column was Mr. William Kibler.
Mr Kibler has written several articles about the K4 over the years for the paper.
The article was about the current state of the locomotive along with a volunteer group that is working going thru creates of parts and pieces and checking off what needs to be repaired and what is already finished.
A gentlemen by the name of Mike Reindi of Altoona is the head of this group.
Norfolk Southern has a small part of helping Mr Reindi and his group.
Another group is involved but their name was not disclosed just referenced several times thru the article.
The largest sticking point appears to be the boiler and the decision to repair what they have or build a replacement boiler so the engine could be steamed up and operate at 205 psi of steam pressure.
The articles leans toward the new boiler but at this time this has not been determined.
I tried to copy the article and attache it to this Email but had no luck.
You can go on the papers web site and see the article.
Back on Page A8 there is more about the locomotive and a time line since this engine was retired up 2015.
At least there is a small flicker at the end of the dark tunnel for this locomotive.