And the GoFundMe has a grand total of $7,175 after 12 months !!
At least 3801 has Government funding behind it, however slow it might be taking.
Surprised there has been no initiative to push fundraising advertising by the HVRT team.. It wouldn't be hard to push to alternate avenues - Social media, Papers, Local news etc,
Without publicity they aren't going to hit that large number anytime soon.
There is a way of generating publicity, and raising a bit of cash - have an open day while the Maitland Steamfest is on in April. Charge - say - $5 at the gate, for people to come and see what work has been done on R766. The point of this exercise is not so much to raise money (although some will be raised), but to raise interest
in the R766 project. When 3801 was being rebuilt at the State Dockyard in the 80's, special trains would be run from Sydney, so that people could view the progress of 3801's return to traffic.
The HVRT team would have an excellent opportunity to set out what their plans for R766 are, and to generate enthusiasm for getting the locomotive back onto the main line.
Even if only a relatively small number of gunzels turn up, the exercise would be worthwhile. Those who visit, will look at the engine, photograph it, and post those pictures on Railpage, Facebook, Twitter and other sites. All of this will generate publicity, which will in turn generate interest in the project (and not just in the railfan community) - and make people more inclined to contribute to the project.
For those in our hobby who'd say "What a stupid idea - that'll never work", I would say "Can you think of a better idea?" What HVRT needs right now is not just money, but enthusiasm for getting R766 back in service. It can't just be left to setting up a GoFundMe page, and hoping that the money will roll in.