In complete agreement Noel. Recently read the book Lion: The Story of the oldest Working Locomotive in the World (sadly no longer running!) but one of the things which struck me was that although many of us would say Lion was a celebrity loco now, in her working life she was a goods engine. Even rarer given the lack of locos that survive from around that era. A humble goods engine which survived through sheer luck and fortitude, and determination on the part of preservationists. We have however at the more modern, near to the end of steam sort of things, various GW, LMS and southern goods locos of everything from 0-6-0 to 2-8-0, and a handful of LNER locos of similar vintage. How many run today in comparison to the glamorous stuff? Is it in proportion to that we saw on the working railway? No, of course not: because we're catering to the general public, we're working from steaming what we actually have, not what is considered by an arbitrary "best loco for any job" dick measuring contest. At the end of the day we have to work with what we have, and what people are enthused to work on. We attract people by way of making our preservation movement attractive and that includes sticking locos in beautiful pre grouping liveries and also running larger than absolutely necessary locomotives. It's a balancing act of many, many factors, and not just a "2MT will do everything" affair.