Same here mate.. let's sit back and watch the show.Well I asked a straight question to them & received a straight answer. They are going to be used by Sydney Trains...Some posts on the SETS facebook page regarding the vehicles concernedYeah, it does seem that they are still owned by SETS.
The farcebook comments have been amusing to say the least, especially Ben Parker's replies.
All I can say is.. "Here we go again"...
Now as I don't know you & I don't know them I have no way of knowing what is truth, what is wishful thinking, and what is axe grinding. All I can do is sit back & watch how things play out... which is the problem with the rail preservation fraternity because there are so many agendas, cliques, vested interests, that for an outsider like me you have to be wary about believing anyone.
For the uninitiated, a few short tit bits about SETS. I'd hate to think anyone was going to throw good money at this.
- The incorporated association last submitted an annual financial return to Fair Trading NSW in 2010.
- Nobody has been able to determine who paid for any of the assets, who owns them or if there are any liabilities.
- The cost of the transfer from Junee (estimated to be in excess of $20k) is believed to be not fully paid or if it has been, then it is unknown by whom. This amount dwarfs the amounts being asked for in the donation drives.
- A number of SETS owned assets were to be removed from Chullora in 2011. They are still there.
- The constitution does not allow for removal of members. It is believed that over 50% of the members on the list are dead
or are un contactable.
- The previous operator of the locomotives (3801 Ltd) is no longer trading however the company remains.
- The locomotive will require purchase and fitment of an ICE radio in order to be used on the network, these cost around $30k and in many ways is what now limits all preservation groups from operating on the main line.
- The locomotives were in operating condition in 2009 however this was nine years ago and nobody in their wildest dreams would assume that they will be still fully operable today without considerable further investment.
Basically, when you donate to this cause, you're throwing money at something which is entirely owned and controlled by two individual people and has no accountability whatsoever to anyone else.
I'd certainly forgive anyone for being just a little bit skeptical.