These are all arguments I have seen before - many of us remember "Britannia" leaving the SVR, "Duke of Gloucester" and 61264 leaving the GCR etc. We have even seen the inverse situation of the Furness Railway society being asked to leave Haverthwaite. Its a difficult job for normal commercial companies to maintain steady relationships for long periods of time, let alone groups formed of passionate enthusiast persuing their dreams. All these organisations have survived and very often locos they have lost have been replaced by some they have gained. There are only a few railways with a gauge larger than 15" than own all their own locos and don't have to deal with any owner groups or individuals, however the recent fuss over the Welshpool Resita loco shows that sometimes it just swaps painfull external politics for painfull internal politics instead - so they grass is not alway greener. *Talyllyn Railway *Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway *Isle of Man Railway *Isle of Wight Railway (do they own the Ivatts?) *Snowdon Mountain Railway *Llanberis Lake Railway (if you discount Una's occaisional steamings from the neighbouring museum) *Torbay & Dartmouth Railway (Vale of Rheidol and Brecon Mountain have private locos owned by the respective railway owners).