Still better to come to Victoria to see steam locos running. Even Queensland proportionately to population seems to do better than NSW.
In Victoria in the last few months, we see A2 986, K153, K190, R707, R711, R761 running main line tours, plus J549, K163, Na 6/7/8/12/14 and G42 on tourist railways. Additionally D3 639 available. Under heavy repairs/restoration are J515 (recently steam trialled) and K160. That is only the ex-VR locos.
The NSW experience is disappointing. So many good locos have operated in the preservation period, so few now available. I worked with a chap who is now with NSWRTM; I know he is brilliant with steam and has already done good things, but there seems to be a lot of work to do.
The co-operation between all the groups in Victoria is excellent, even to the point of borrowing components, manpower and even locos at short notice. Wonder how many of the issues in NSW in the last decade or so might have worked against the wider movement, to everyone's disadvantage.
Still 3801 is a wonderful machine, and I am looking forward to seeing it running again, doing what it was designed to do.
As to the Riverina trip being cancelled, if due to loco problems, that happens. Steam locos are often temperamental, things do go wrong unexpectedly. It is because they are steam locos, as I said to one chap after he had been flogged and embarrassed by an uncooperative loco a few months back; they do that. No idea why, just accept it.