Some very good ideas are coming out here
In an ideal world, HVTR and RHWA would work together towards a common goal - preservation of WAGR rolling stock / infrastructure. The benefits would be endless. Both groups have their strengths and weaknesses, and its seems to be that ones good points are mirrored by the others bad.
Locomotives - HVTR operates a small collection of stock ( 3 classes of steam, 4 of diesel, most which currently do not run on the Dwellingup line ), RHWA has a large collection but none operate ( Throwing a fire in the S once a year doesn't count! )
Rollingstock - HVTR doesn't operate WAGR stock other than the AV diner, RHWA has a large collection of stock perfect for operation, but again goes nowhere.
Infrastructure - HVTR has their own branch for operation, but doesn't run any authentic trains. RHWA has authentic rolling stock, but has nowhere to run it.
Yes, I have been quite vocal of my , er... , dislike of HVTR operations. Its a shame that it appears necessary to run the Dwellingup branch purely as a tourist train, by a group of people who want to play trains. No other group in Australia seem to find it necessary to use non authentic liveries / rolling stock / stations / etc.
HVTR could be every bit as good as groups such as Castlemaine / Maldon, SGRPS, BPR to name a few of the smaller groups. But do HVTR want to go down this path ??
If HVTR and RHWA could work together for a common cause, then maybe. But whilst both seem set on different paths I feel this is highly unlikely. Both groups would need to get beyond " whats in it for me " thinking for this to happen.
I wish HVTR the best, but I find it hard to support them in their current guise.