It would seem that the time has come for some facts to be released into the enthusiasts public arena on this loco,As I've said time and time again, if money is the issue then bloody ask for it. Nobody will think any less of you, and I'm sure that people will be willing to donate a few thousand dollars towards getting it going.It's beginning to look as though that was a very accurate perception. It would nice to think that someone could mount a "Flying Scotsman-style" rescue mission. I wonder if Boyd Munro would like his own engine.
The first question would be who is the actual owner of this loco,
The second is where is the loco currently stored and does it need to be moved to a more accessible location to enable the restoration works to be completed.
The third question would be is there a need for more funding to complete the conversion and if so how much.
Depending on the answers to these first three questions come others such as is there a need to set up a trust fund and a trust to administer that fund for the completion of the conversion and the restoration of this loco to operation for enthusiasts.
While being amongst the first to admit that this is not England where they have raised funds for restoration works and indeed for new loco construction there are surely enough enthusiasts who would dip into their pockets and donate to a trust fund to see 766 back in operation, a double header with 766 and a 38 should satisfy all the steam enthusiasts from Brisbane to Perth.