This may sound a bit harsh, but who the hell are these people?
For years many of us have been requesting some form of an update on the progress of R766, and the closest thing we have had to a response is: "It's none of your business, the owners of R766 don't wish to make its current state public knowledge", yet now, they need money and here they are cap in hand.
On top of that, they appear to be, at best poor communicators, or at worst, down right dishonest. They say the only thing stopping this locomotive from running on the mainline is a lack of ICE Radio and that is what the requested 70K is for, yet it appears there are other issues that money will not cover. So which is it?
Also, who will be managing this locomotive? Who will be responsible for the money that is raised? How do we know we can trust them to do what they say they will do?
It's all good to say that the information has been out there, but where? I haven't seen anything, others I know are in the same boat. I thought we were supposed to be their target audience, yet until now, we had been kept in the dark. Until now, when they want cash that is.
As I said in another thread on this topic a few years ago, if your intention is to have R766 running tours, then before you get to that stage you need to engage with the public, mostly the railfan public. You need to keep them updated with what is happening so when you get to THIS stage of needing the public to turn up and put their hands in their pockets, they actually know you, they know what it is your doing and they want to contribute. Unfortunatley this group have so far failed in this regard. I do hold out some hope though that this may change, but in order for that to happen, we need more information.
At this stage I will not be donating, I can think of more worthy causes, causes I trust a bit more, causes that see fit to keep the wider public informed on what it is they are doing.
That said, I do hope they reach their target and I do hope they get R766 hauling passenger specials again. I hope to one day be line side as it makes its triumphant return South of the Murray, and then, I may feel encouraged enough to fork out my own hard earned to ride a tour behind R766. I really do wish them the best, but I feel they could get there much easier if they were more upfront and honest with their intended future customers, and did just a little bit more work keeping the wider railfan community informed on their progress.