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Steam Railroad Restoration Society?
Is the name Joe Rogers remembers as owning the rotary NP#2. The only other piece the group owned was the the DT&I steam wrecker. It was also displayed at Lake City and was scrapped there after PC declined to move it the Michigan thumb area unless the boom was removed. Joe recalls the sparkplug behind the preservation group lived in Detroit, but can't recall his name. Not everyone in the group was a member of Grand Traverse Northern Corp, the entity which owned the physical assets of the C&LC. Joe wasn't a GTN stockholder, but did belong to the SRRS. He recalls getting a call from Detroit, "Send a check for $250, your share of the freight charges to move the rotary and its tender. Joe thinks that was 1/10th of the cost. Pretty serious money in the mid-60's. It would be roughly equivalent to $2,000 today. The cost to move the donated DT&I wrecker, tender and boom car was $400 over the AA as Joe recalls.
Joe thinks the group disbanded after the rotary was sold. It was pretty loosely knit.
GTN was the name of what the stockholders originally set their sights on, the C&O's leased line from Traverse City up to Sutton's Bay via Northport. Either Howard Noble or Cliff Lenten told me that GTN was unable to acquire much (or any?) of the shortline's stock, as someone had beaten them to it, either as a real estate play and/or track salvage.
I told Joe I was going to post the foregoing and that any errors were his fault.