Have to wonder what sort of work?
Boiler, overhaul all auxiliaries, re lag, re clad plus numerous other tasks on a relatively complicated piece of machinery. Done by one bloke. Serious efforts only really got going twelve months ago.
I thought the service was canned due to lack of numbers? Was there also an issue with the loco?
Yes it was, no there wasn't
Who is paying for this ongoing work? Must be very patient owner to have a loco sitting there for nearly 10 years earning zero income and costing money along the way.
Some income earned by the company is drip fed to the project. Yes he is, but it's not costing him anything.
I know they lost a few SX cars due to fire.
That was before the organisation was operational, in fact coming up for 10 years ago.
Surely there is a market for local steam trips in the Carins area that could generate a positive cash flow?
It is precisely that marketing assumption that nearly bankrupted the company. A couple of local trips does not pay the $250M insurance, access or other fixed operational costs. Non revenue re-commissioning trials at some undetermined future date will be quite rewarding for the staff, but questions remain as to the viability of revenue work. Highly doubtful that there will ever be revenue runs on the Kuranda Range, which in any case is well served by the KSR.