This is about the steam engine 763 in Gary near the Gary Museum. Through the years, various parts have been taken off of her. Her brake cross compound compressor on the fireman's side, facing Chicago. Other in-cab components, water glass meters, etc. Lately, looks like the headlight is now missing.
This is living history. This machine ran around Gary and Chicago's south side, providing jobs and stable employment. It is a shame the people in Lake County can hardly find it on a map and know next to nothing of this nation's history.
When they had something historic before, they ruined it. The Statue of Liberty is back in Gary on its pedestal. Looks like the restorers have more work to do.
Do we want to? Does it matter? A nation with no history has no future.
Maybe it would be better to give her to a railroad museum. At least one would get more respect. Shame.
- George S. Romich, Portage