That is ridiculous that the Oregon wants the railroad to be removed... I do not see any problems with his layout... He owns all of the property and he should be able to have a track layout if he wants one... I took a look at the page of pictures and I do not see any damage done to the environment, besides the emissions from the locomotives, but big deal :dunno:
It would be a shame for all that hard work to be destroyed
This all came about because of boiler explosions at the Gettysburg RR and at a steam tractor meet in Ohio back in the 1990s.
The federal government stepped in, taking over steam rules and regs from individual states, and tightened the rules on what they call "antique and hobby boilers".
They also cracked down on full-sized steam power. See how many steam operations are not running steam anymore? How steam restorations are becoming more complicated? How most railroad shops cannot legally restore their own boilers anymore? Because of two accidents, the feds stepped in.
Privately held steam power, even "small" ones like this, are subject to all the tightened rules and regs. The states have to enforce the federal rules.
Yes, it stinks. Thank the lax rules (PA and OH) that allowed these accidents to happen in the first place.