stuartp wrote:glencairn wrote:As for the phrase - is it time to call time. When does one call time? Obviously it is the owners who say. If they are not going to do anything to rebuild then, to me, they should pass it on not let it rot at the back of a shed. If they are going to rebuild then fantastic.
Unfortunately this is one of the frustrations of private preservation, not only of locomotives but also classic cars, buildings, aircraft, anything. Unless it is of enough national significance to be protected then it is the owner's to do with exactly as they wish. Restore it, leave it to rot, break it for spares, weigh it in for scrap. Unless you have the means to take it off their hands and they're willing to let you, there isn't a damn thing you can do about it.
One understands that, stuartp, and basically that answers my original question.
I personally acquired a German tram and looked after it so it did not deteriorate any more. until I could find someone who would and could restore it. (Fortunately I did.)