Locomotive R766 Inc committee.
What other official statement would you like?
The engine is privately owned, the lessee is a private company, updates will be provided when deemed necessary.
Missed this one. However.
Going through my rather old collection of Stacktalk's (SRV's Magazine), I found a rather interesting article on the aquisition of R766 by the syndicate.
The syndicate was formed to ensure the retention of locomotive R766 in Victoria
. When Southern Cross Travel went to the wall, R766 and the carriage set were put up for sale by the liquidators. The carriage set was purchased by a NSW based group as they were on standard gauge. R766 was stored at SRV's depot, and a syndicate of members purchased the locomotive at the eleventh hour.
Basically members of SRV were worried that R766 could be taken interstate and wanted to keep it in Victoria for future generations of Victorians to enjoy.
So what has changed? The ideals (and reason for the syndicate to exist) of the syndicate have gone out the window!!! You may think you are making history, but where is this history going to be based? NSW not Victoria where it should. If its not in Victoria, how can the shareholders of R766 take part? Branxton is a long way from Melbourne and people do have jobs to hold down.
As a Victorian who loves our (Victoria's) railway heritage, I find it a great shame that a group who set out to do this originally has decided that they can hand it over to a very private group based in another state.
Now I want you to make this statement that you told everyone you were going to give Mr 'R766'.
Or were you just adding to the pool of dribble which already sits under the soles of you shoes. Silence on this matter will be considered as consent on your behalf.
I await your reply, as do many of us.