I'm not sure why so many stick up for them; even from an outsider's viewpoint they have a long history of decisions that are very questionable at best, things that have rubbed many people the wrong way over the years. That's part of why they got thrown out of part of the railroad.
It is interesting that they can afford to buy more expensive things all of a sudden when they still have bills outstanding.
As for the RS3, they can't use it, they can't buy it, they have a replacement for it, so why don't they let it leave the property? Why spend time and money endlessly fighting except just to be vindictive?