well your point about where else can you see two Bullieds is right, it is the only place, but only for now I suspect. Its not really authentic for the line in my view, an Ivatt, Standard 4 and M7 are just about perfect, I would much rather of seen how it used to work with 78 and 104. Apart from yourself Nick, no one from Swanage Railway have officially appeared to comment, will there come a time when one of their management comes on here and explain their position? Until that point, what you say may be perfectly true but would SR management agree? SLL seem to of taken quite a battering with this issue, on line at least, but apart from this, I wonder how the SR really see it. They have not appeared to have risen to the bait. Also who's to say the SRT couldn't of bid? Or was it offered to the company? In my line of work our contractors often have different ideas to what I actually want! Its the bane of my life. Your right of course but if your locos have only earned half of what it cost to overhaul them, is the business model actually sustainable? Or has SLL maybe got too big on the back of a seemingly quite good deal with SR? I don't know. Have SR actually officially said they want 72? and Im talking in writing because if I was involved in the SR I couldn't see the point with 34070 running. I like the idea of an unconverted and a rebuilt but not two of the same. I also see 53 as the flagship locomotive. Its pretty much my fav loco in pres!