I have read with interest the recent comments, arguments and views on this site regarding the "new build" projects, some of which have a significant existing item such as a boiler already available (such as the Brighton Atlantic and 6880) and others where perhaps only a very few original fittings remain. The projects vary from the awesome (Tornado) to the diminutive (GER Tank) but they all have their positive sides and hopefully they will all succeed. After some thought, I have decided to put my money (literally but only a tiny bit at present!) on the proposed Standard 3 Tank at the SVR - 82045. I have decided that this is the new build loco project I want to support for the following reasons: 1. The class was originally built at Swindon (Hurrah!) 2. It is a BR Standard loco and is relatively modern (I use the term relatively) and designed for a less labour intensive world. 3. The boiler is almost the same as a 51xx Prairie boiler and batch building is therefore even more feasible. 4. It's a tank loco with relatively wide route availability and ideal for nearly all heritage railways. An 82xxx would look OK running bunker first as do most tank locos. 5. In BR days the class was widely distributed and would therefore not look out of place on most UK heritage lines today. 6. Of all the proposed new builds, I would argue that it is this one which stands the best chance of being mass produced - potentially dozens will/may need to be built as we have probably reached the late stages of our dependence on oil and we may have to turn back to coal (as an interim perhaps as it is a very dirty fuel) if we are going to run anything at all on railways that have not been electrified. I am not an eco-freak; the evidence shows that its already started. I must state that I do not know any of the members of the 82045 Group and I'm not being put up to say this! However, I believe that this project is the one for me to support (albeit in a small way at the moment) and I would recommend that more people do the same. I'm a seriously sceptical so-and-so but I have no doubt that the price of oil and therefore so many other commodities is not going to come down and its time to think about how we keep our railway heritage alive and provide transport for people and goods in 20, 30 and 50 years time. This new build project just might help. Apart from all that, it's actually a nice looking locomotive too!