Recently I went on a Class 50 railtour run by Spitfire Railtours to Edinburgh. It featured two mainline-certified locomotives owned by The Fifty Fund, of which I am a member.
Looking at both of them upon our arrival at Edinburgh made me realise how worth while all the time and effort put in by volunteers of groups such of ours really is. All the more remarkable is the fact that locomotive 50044 Exeter was sold to The Fifty Fund by British Rail twenty years previously having supposedly been subject to heavy component recovery and dumped at Stratford depot in North-east London fit only for scrap.
Locomotive preservation not only gives people the chance to still see and hear these fine machines but also brings back memories for many, of days past when they followed them on the mainline.