The society moved there because they had no where else to go at the time.
Before the fire some members wanted to move the operation to Ropes Creek, Dorrigo, or there was a hare brained idea proposed by one member to move the society to Panthers Leagues Club.
They were sold a cocking bull story by Parramatta Council for years about grand plans on the Parramatta Park redevelopment, and Parra council was holding over 100K in trust provided by the State Govt in the 1980's. for the tramway. I don't think they ever received the money.
The Society is fiercely independent and will not send 103A to Loftus, Dorrigo or anywhere else. I recall the loftus move was raised by a member at an AGM, but was howled down by members, I recall if the society folded the board at the time had the view that its collection would go to the RTM.
I don't think 103A will be suitable at loftus as they fitted railway flanges to it in its rebuild in 1988. 103A is an item which could generate a lot of revenue for the society, but to maximise the revenue it should be closer to Sydney, it would be good to get it running on Sydney light rail a couple of times each year on a Sunday afternoon, I think they could get be political backing for such an idea. I hope it is involved with 150 celebrations and is brought back to Sydney to visit.
1308 can generate revenue by operating on the main line, it could be the oldest??? operating loco in the state. It would generate more revenue that 1022 operating on the 3rd sunday of every month.
I suppose they will get 1308 back from RTM after they prove themselves fixing 1022.