Nobody is trying to operate a "secret train". What they are doing is trying to avoid the times of said train becoming public knowledge. If people sight it on the day and share things down the line (I run one and am a member of a number of other groups on Facebook for train tracking). If I sight a train I've been told to keep the times quiet of, once it's been sighted, it's open season, and I make sure the sighting reaches as many people as possible.
The reasons for the request were clearly outlined in my post.
It's typical of rail enthusiasts to be childishly selfish in their demands and their perceived "right" to information that they get all offended when such movements occur and nobody made sure to tell them to mark their calenders. I'm done trying to be polite. Get over yourselves. If a train runs and nobody tells you the times first, life will go on. You have no right to any train running information. You have no right to turn up and do what you want.
You can sit down, shutup and enjoy the heritage trains provided by the hardworking volunteers at LVR, ARHS ACT, NSWRTM, Steamrail or any other mainline heritage group in the country. When the trains are for public running, the timetables are well known in advance. If someone wants to drop thousands of dollars to charter a train and they would like those times kept as secret as possible to the day, then I'm going to respect their wishes. You do not have a right to anything, and the majority of enthusiasts might find out more if they just stopped being so damned entitled.
What a load of nonsense.