Agreed! It is heartbreaking to know - now that we are 'of age' - that after lauding the Hudson as THE Locomotive, nobody gave one thought to preserving one for posterity! Probably 'business' concerns overrode any sentimentality or affection for these machines. The photos I posted of the AT&SF Hudson in "How Does Water Get From The Tender To The Locomotive?", show that at least someone, somewhere, thought enough of this Locomotive to save it from the cutter's torch! In fact, I have an old photo of this very Locomotive - #3450 - when it was new! The actual Baldwin Builder's Photo, from 1927, in Santa Fe!
Granted, it differes some from those of the NYC, and it was made by a different builder - NYC Hudsons were ALCO built - BUT ... IT IS STILL AROUND! And to a modeler, that is a Hallelujah! To a Rail Fan, and lover of Steam Locomotives, it is a Hallelujah Hosanna! LOL!!!
I feel the same for Steam Locomotive #3007, Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CB&Q), residing at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union Illinois.
And for Hudson Steam Locomotive CB&Q #3001 at the Wapello County Historical Museum, in Ottumwa, Iowa. Seen here March 24, 2009, and photographed by Michael V. Greespun.
The oft-overlooked, Hudson Steam Locomotive, Nickle Plate Road #170, seen here in Ohio - circa the late 1940's.
I say, "oft-overlooked" due to the acquisition of the "Elephant Ears" deflectors. Why and when were they added? Who knows? At least it's another Hudson, saved from the cutters torch!
Here, the Nickle Plate Road #170 is seen at the National Museum of Transportation, St. Louis, Missouri, in 1990. More recently ... July 11, 2013.
And let's not forget the "Royal Hudsons" of the Canadian Pacific Railway! They saved a few of their Hudsons ... smart!
But as far as our beloved NYC Hudsons ... none exist ... the sin of big business! All we have are historic photos, and paintings such as this one ... NYC Hudsons ... 'Thoroughbreds', painted by Walter L. Greene.
Sometimes I think I was born too late ...