Something about a couple of the comments here made me think of "Mooney." He was the greatest carver the world has ever seen and truly an artist. I grew up close by and was the last generation of kids that got to play in Mooney's yard. He was a true genius with virtually no education and also the town "Kook." But he was brilliant, an excellent historian, and a kind and gentle homan being. He carved a history of Steam that is so spectacular, words can never do it justice. The website is OK, but can't begin to give you the true man, but go have a look HERE.
One of the things that Mooney said was "Never sell your hobby"...and he never did. At one point the New York Central offered him a fantastic sum for some of his engines...enough to make him by far the richest man in the count. But he refused.
If you are EVER close to Dover, Ohio, you MUST go to the museum. I've never taken anyone there who did not walk away virtually speechless.