Darjeeling Tours have now published their plans for tours next year, and very enticing they look too. Simply put, it's a choice between two tours that cover fairly large distances to include some of India's tourist highlights as well as the DHR, and two which stay closer to the railway, spending more time in and around Darjeeling. I suspect the latter may provide the type of itinerary craved by our particular group of train enthusiasts, but I make no predictions. It is perhaps just as well there is plenty of time to decide.
Having lit the blue touchpaper, your webmaster is now retiring to Zimbabwe to study somewhat larger locomotives.