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The preservation scene is in a tight spot Watch this....

I think this decade will engine preserved steam sadly  

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If all the preservation societies both rail and traction steam formed a co-op they could negotiate as one unit and bulk buy from abroad (ie better buying leverage due combined volume). Its a bit like 2040 when all diesel and petrol cars will be put off the roads new and secondhand, but heritage car restoration enthusiasts will still be able to buy petrol to run them from chemical wholesalers. Steam preservation societies have nothing to fear from climate change restrictions because their Co2 emissions impact is so tiny as to be almost irrelevant. Future supply is the bigger problem as outlined in the clip above.. An alternative may be to convert away from coal to oil, cleaner than coal and easier to get in the future, or at least another few decades. The days of using coal to supply the national grid are numbered and you will probably see coal fired generation stations shutdown rapidly over the next 2 years. CV-19 has crashed the price of oil for the foreseeable future. Ireland burns less than 2% coal on its grid nowadays and they are being phased out. Decades down the road, the final insult might be to see steam locos powered by electric motors. :) 50% wind below!!!

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Many thanks for posting that MM. Just spent most of my evening watching many of his other you-tube posts. Very entertaining and sometimes down right comical moments. "Was something a good idea?" followed by a pop up of Trump!!! 

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