And with that blatantly biased and factless statement you have just outlined the case for all operators taking a dim view of keeping the public updated with works 'behind the scenes'.
When did we become an interest group of naysayers who's primary goal seems to be to treat the activities of operators with contempt.
Well said Archer
We know that 3265 was out at the time of the Great Train Weekend with radio problems. My understanding from looking at 3642's ICE radio is that the main unit is under the tender, with the "head unit" located under the drivers seat on the locomotive itself. Talking to the maintenance blokes at Junee whilst the loco was being coaled and watered revealed that they were quite proud of the arrangement which found the best way to protect the fragile radio unit from heat and moisture, although we're talking about a 21st Century computerized radio system designed to be used on weather proof locomotives in passenger trains, NOT 100+ year old steam locomotives. It stands to reason that if 3265 uses a similar system then there is potential for mishap, as steam locomotives are not weather proof, nor are they by any stretch a sterile and clean workplace.
Be it by negligence, human error, accident or something else entirely (perhaps the waterproof casing leaked in some way undetectable until it was too late), it is not our position to pass judgement on the hard working people that keep these assets in service for us to enjoy.
It seems disgustingly offensive to (without all of the facts, all we have is one person saying that the radio has been "wrecked") presume guilt on the part of the people who work on the locomotive. Without those people putting in 12-15 hour days, without the initial restoration work and the continued maintenance work, without their care and attention, 3265 would be languishing in a shed somewhere as a collection of metal pieces waiting to fall apart and be sold for scrap.
Given that 3265 and 3830 are owned by the Powerhouse Museum, and are available to the community as operating exhibits is a fact that should be treasured. I'm sure that someone, somewhere at PHM would be happier if they were made into static exhibits for people to look at, and do away with the obvious expense and ongoing maintenance of a live steam fleet.
says, why should these groups bother to inform the public of goings on when all it does is attract criticism?