It isn't "heresy to even ask such questions" as, in the past, several items of IMR rolling stock have, previously, been sold or donated 'off-Island'. The best known is loco No3 sectioned at MOSI. The pair of MNR Hurst Nelsons, a pair of MNR 6wh Cleminsons and an IMR 'pairs' carriage hidden away in Collection X. The frames of loco No 7 and another MNR Cleminson are rotting away in a Suffolk field so items which have left haven't always fared well. I'd be interested to know which items belonging to the IMR are "near derelict or actually derelict" in your opinion as, with exception of a couple of 'pairs' bodies securely tarped at Pt.St.Mary, everything else is under cover in dry secure storage. My concern is, if an item went out on loan, that it would be ripped apart in an initial burst of enthusiasm and then left derelict when the cash and/or interest ran out. We, the Manx taxpayers, could then be left with the bill for repatriating said remains. I have seen no evidence that any of the Irish groups have the funds to finance the restoration of an IMR loco. even the on-off restoration of Nancy has taken many years and the owners are still well short of the target. I feel strongly that the long term survival of our historic locos and rolling stock is best served on Island and those items currently in storage could always be called back into service when finances improve. Could I ask if you have actually visited the IMR in recent years? Ray.