To say that hiring out of locos to raise much sought after income is one thing. No-one can deny any business the right to earn an extra dollar or 2.
But in the case of SRHC, they've made an art form out of the wholesale whoring of their fleet to the detriment of the reasons why they were set up in the 1st place, to preserve Victorian (and other states rolling stock in the interests of Victorias railway heritage. One only has to look at the declining number of tours that SRHC operates now, and the way volunteers are being treated at SRHC Seymour.
There would be no thread if SRHC concentrated on preservation first, and supplemented their income with loco hiring as a secondary business, but it seems they have become, as I have suggested in past pages, a loco prostitution service first, and a preservation group running heritage tours second. And this flies against the the label of being a preservation group that they so proudly promote as being.
It seems that they're really 'maintaining' their rolling stock under the guise of 'preservation' to keep posession of what rolling stock the government has loaned them in the name of preservation, and to maintain their 'not-for'profit' status, so that they can make money out of whoring out out of rolling stock of the best bidder.