I would agree with your first statement. However I am not sure to those you are not enthusiasts the public see any difference between No 9, 6233 or say 46115 or 35018 (eg a big steam loco). N0 9 has done (and without its issues would have been even more ) a vast amount of work this year because of a shortage of large (75 mph) locos and the fact the support crew seemed prepared to handle many trips, often close together. I remember talking with them at a Beaulieu Road water stop and saying how pleased I was it was not shiny and looked "real". They said it was because with so many trips and all the other work between trips, they often had no time left to clean it. I for one would thank them for all their efforts in allowing so many tours to operate with steam.