Phew! What on earth is it about those old kettles on wheels that makes some people so blinkin well steamed up??? And sooooo parochial?
Replying to the question on the previous page about the syndicate formed to keep the R in Vic - the situation has now changed in that 761 and 711, as well as 707, are operational (or noearly so) and 700 is being made so. How many do we need?
As I said above, there is almost exactly ZERO purpose in having more than one R in the state. Two, at the most, to cover for maintenance downtime.
It costs BIG money to get locos running, and BIGGER money to keep them in good condition. I'm sure we all know that. How do you get money? By running trips. But if you run too many trips, people won't go on them. So how can you keep FOUR high speed pass locos in service? You can't.
If one goes to NSW, it catches a whole new slab of the public - and the fact that it's a visitor makes it special. That will make people buy tickets.
An R trip this week, and a 38 next week. I'll go on both, and compare how they handle it. Two R trips? Nah, no point.
That's why the A2 and D3 are good projects to have. Also a Super R - but only for the people who know something about the difference. But four identical Rs - complete waste of money.
OK, go ahead and flame me for a diseasel. It's people who are capable of leaving their "love of steam" at the door and making hard nosed business decisions who are going to save rail preservation from completely dying out.