Yes. You are not alone in this.
From what we know it seems she is mechanically in good condition. This would put her ahead of a lot of other smaller locomotives in the collection that would need a lot of mechanical work.
She is a very sensible size for what the museum needs. Much more efficient to operate than 1630 when pulling anything reasonable on our display line or maybe even short excursions. She is 50% more powerful than #16, which is the other small locomotive in the collection that seems to be in good mechanical shape but might be rather limited by its size.
HOWEVER the firebox needs heavy work if not replacement. I seriously doubt that the scale of work required is achievable with our all volunteer work force. Now if we could come up with funding to have the boiler work done by specialists, everything looks different.
But that is for the future.
Interesting. Among other candidates I assume would be the Tuskegee #101 and the CB&Q 10 wheeler perhaps?
If a new firebox could be built say by a contractor and installed, would the rest of the work on #26 be doable by volunteers?