I was on the "Queen of the West" this past May. We had steering problems, enough so we had to return to Portland to fix them and then begin our trip again. We did complete our trip with all stops. I also read about someone who rode the same boat last month an missed some stops because of mechanical problems. The "Queen of the West" was not built in 1926, yet has had problems. Problems seem to be possible with machinery, regardless of age. I do understand that age make "TLC" more necessary, but youth is no guarantee of lack of problems.