Hi all, A bit of discussion began about the possibility of some more Mark 1's arriving at Bluebell in the Rolling Stock Movements thread, and subsequently went onto talking about these vehicles distracting volunteers and staff from restoring the unique and interesting vehicles we already have. I decided it best to start abit more of a dedicated thread and have began where I would have replied in the other conversation: As my understanding goes, these vehicles are to be hired. So that is money out of the pot of restoring something unique and different. You can go to any railway and travel on a Mark 1 but you can't go to any railway and travel on a Maunsell Restaurant car, a Restriction 4 Non-Descript etc Likewise, as far as I know these hired vehicles are not being bought in to displace existing Mark 1's either, just to add to the fleet. However, if they were to displace other, less attractive Mark 1's and then at some point would be leaving the railway, I would not have such an issue. We have a plethora of unique and interesting stock and we're spending time running and maintaining something that you can travel on at pretty much any other railway, which therefore pushes these currently fragile and volatile wooden bodied vehicles further down the queue for their time in the works.