Well the sign in the notice board at Korumburra station says ( along these lines from what I read an hour ago) - "due to a lack of volunteers to fulfil administrative requirements, we are unable to run trains for the foreseeable future. The committee of management apologizes for any inconvenience or disappointment this has caused."I had this argument with others saying that I thought at least that many Australian preservation groups were suffering from new blood and many what comes in don't have railway skills. Times have changed. I watched my 10 year old loose alot of his railway interest in last 2 years due to exposure to Playstation etc. I can push and encourage only so far, but when all his friends have other interests you can only get so far.
Be that as it may, I suppose this is inherent in many preservation groups where older may people predominantly volunteer, and as such would be more susceptible to things limiting their abilities, or possibly poor health preventing attendance which may have a detrimental effect on an organizations ability to operate. Whilst it's just my opinion, time will ultimately tell what happens here.
Even the guys coming from the railways these days to hep out would have little or no steam experience and the supply of hand me down equipment and materials must be getting harder to get as the modern railways move forward in technology. ie heavy concrete sleepers means no used timber sleepers and concrete cannot be man handled.
Lets hope they can turns things around.
EDIT: Will anyone have the cash or interest to preserve a NR class or other similar modern loco? So far Aurizon have disposed of a number of EL's with more to go and yet its unlikely even one will make it into preservation.
I strongly get the feeling that railway preservation will be cut off to rolling stock made before the late 80's as the newer stuff will be far more difficult to preserve in more than a static arrangement.