Re: : An introduction and a question
Sounds like you need something like the RFIRT had in Argentina until recently - well, 20 years ago. 750mm gauge, over 250km each way, up to 2000 ton coal trains and steam hauled. Fairly basic track.
The problem is finding the equipment - I daresay you'd have no problem finding the crew! I suspect you'd be inundated by blokes (and a few women) who'd do your driving and firing for the fun of it !
Have loops at each end - no need for a loco front and back. At 30kph you'd do a couple of return trips in the day - problem solved. It's the equipment that's the snag. Ex- South African 2ft gauge DE's? or maybe hire some NGG16 Garratts from Sandstone Estate or North Wales? Qld sugar in their off-season?