The purchase and delivery of DH37 really came out of the blue. The DH class is identified in our business plan for the extension to the line to Erica as being very suitable...but this plan is still under development...so we kinda lucked out that the Tender for a DH came up when it did and that we were successful. Our first task is to undertake a full engineering assessment [Friday was the first time we had seen the loco], a sexy re-paint and then work on the re-gauge. But the reality is that the will be some time away. We simply do not have the money to undertake the re-gauge job in the next year unless we get a grant or someone gives us a HUGE donation [hint hint] as we have other important projects that are ahead of DH37 in the queue.
Ah yes I see what you mean! Caught between a rock and a hard place. You just know that suitable Locos are not going to be there when you need them.
You did the right thing.
I wish Wodonga was closer than it is. I would want to be part of your Railway, sadly nothing much happens this far North of Victoria and I am unable to drive 400km round trip to Seymour either.
Really do wish you guys good luck and maybe a grant in the near future.
Bringing 7A home was a real good thing, hope your ties with Puffing Billy stay strong, and perhaps you can repeat it another day.