I recently dug up this highly critical article on heritage railways written in 2002 from an academic viewpoint - railway enthuisasts seem to be rather unaware of their bad reputation in academia. Its basic thesis is that they should change heavily to become worthy museums. Some selected quotes, which should give an idea of the tone of its argument and the nature of its recommendations: These are (mostly) not arguments solely exclusive to academia - often you find some enthusiast complaining about heritage railways being "Disneyfied". To me the argument strikes at the fact that most volunteers on heritage railways are not really interested in running a museum - they want to run a railway. It also gives insight into the sort of mindset that is probably behind such controversial decisions as the deaccessioning of the T3. Any thoughts?