I have just been severely taken to task by a person whose knowledge and experience I greatly respect, over my earlier post in which I said that we would never see anything like this in Victoria.Valvegear, we have exchanged both pleasantries and unpleasantries over the times, and on that scale I personally saw nothing offensive in what you said, while not from south of the border, we have had a lot of issues in regard to steam services here, and the aspect of 3801's RTS has been a long and terrible saga, finally its over, and without doubt both Transport NSW and the government would be very relieved at its return.
I wasn't very clear about what I meant, so to clarify:-
We do have very great quality of locomotive restoration here - Steamrail's A2 being the latest example, and it is a superb job. I was never comparing our local workmanship with that of the Sydneysiders.
No; my comparison of the two States was simply about government and/or official help; it occurs in NSW and doesn't in Victoria. From the video, it seems that 3801 made two or three return passes between Hawkesbury River and Cowan. I could never envisage such a thing happening on our main north east line.
My apologies to any offended Victorians!
Thing is though, NSW is not as steam friendly as many would think, as there's a lot of missing items that hurt the heritage operations, one thing is the issue of water for steam, and sitting at Hawksbury River is a water column decommissed by the State or ARTC that could well be still used for heritage operations. That is but one spot where that sort of thing exists.
From a NSW perspective and mine only, I could see where you were coming from, and maybe those who were critical could use their common sense in seeing/reading what you said.