I thought that the O'Farrell Government was committed to this project? , Am I right?
From previous RP threads, & when he was in opposition he committed an O'Ferrel government to retain & repair 3801 in an operational status for the future generations to see.
Economies of time however may change things though, especially if additional money is required from the government.
In the end it shows the folly of giving the contract that company after the issues that was found with the boiler built for a British loco/boiler construction. The real question is the boiler has not met the standards set for it, therefore one would expect that they would be liable for the cost of repairs/rebuild or even a new boiler, also they should be liable for the transport cost to get it here, after all I also read where several Australian & more so in NSW also tendered for the building of the boiler.
I guess that with the delays all the remainder of the engine should be in new condition & should not provide any problems once a boiler is fitted to it.