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Bring the Flying Yankee to Concord

May 20. 2018 10:31PM

To the Editor: I take issue with Steven J. Connolly’s seemingly one-man war on preserving the famous Flying Yankee train.

It would appear to me that our friend has a bit of Visigoth in his ancestry for wanting to scrap heritage. Yes, he is correct in pointing out the difficulty with making the Flying Yankee run again, but shouldn’t the state preserve important parts of our cultural and natural heritage? Take for example public parks and man-made structures like Fort William and Mary.

It would be better to bring the Flying Yankee back to Concord and put it on display under a protected shelter and illuminated at night, visible from the interstate.

Today, visitors from the prosperous states to the south whiz by Concord on their way to the Lakes Region and White Mountains. Little entices them to stop in Concord, save our recently regilded State House dome. But even this is smaller compared to other capital building domes. Bring back the Flying Yankee to Concord, where it can again serve a useful purpose.



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