I don't think this subject has been covered in the group but if it has please accept my apology.
Our son and I watched James May's programme attempt on the 10 mile record for a OO loco journey.
They did mention the stolen batteries but nothing of the sabotage attempts.
I thought the idea of the portable battery and the stick was a great idea.
My point is, finally, do you think it was reasonable to expect these loco's to travel 10 miles, in one day, in the wet, outside on 'new' un- cleaned track ? I thought the 395 did well to get 7 miles !