The Leongatha track was left by the Government for ten years until the decision was made in 2008. The chances of a rail trail from Cranbourne East (Clyde) - Nyora would be very unlikely. Why, because it would cost more than it would to dismantle the track, maintain bridges and culverts, clearance of vegetation would make the expenses sky rocket and making safe road crossings in place of the old rail crossing would be hard to do. I can't imagine the Leongatha line's treatment when rail traffic ran. I think the Barry Beach goods, Leongatha + Yarram line freight and passenger and the Koala sand siding closures killed the line. Well the Liberal Government lead by Jeff Kennet did. I am very happy to see a tourist railway from Nyora - Korumburra - Leongatha. If the line was not restored by SGR the South Gippsland line would have probably become a rail trail. So much for the Great Southern Railway. I think once SGR chooses to back up, the line will become a whole Great Southern Rail trail with the Bass Coast rail trail joining up from Nyora. I still believe if Lynne Kosky did not drop the voting system for the Leongatha line the line would be running right now. That's right due to costs of reopening the line she dropped the voting system so she could close it herself rather than benefiting South Gippsland by eliminating trucks on the highway. I was told the vote was 70per cent in favour of reopening the line and 30per cent closure. I just don't care about people who think the line should be closed I think people need to think again and benefit South Gippsland for once. Come on our transport system is in crisis.
Just as much as I desperately want the South Gippy railway to re-open, the odds are not on our side. You have a pretty good argument, except for here -
Why, because it would cost more than it would to dismantle the track, maintain bridges and culverts, clearance of vegetation would make the expenses sky rocket and making safe road crossings in place of the old rail crossing would be hard to do.
It would cost even more to the same except instead of dismantling, they have to replace poor track, re-upgrade level crossings, add new signals (very expensive), add new station buildings and upgrade platforms at Koo Wee Rup, Lang Lang, etc.
I already sent Lynne Kosky a very convincing email - after 3 months, I got one back, saying its too expensive, etc.
I'd suggest SGR try to save Nyora to Lang Lang or Koo Wee Rup while they still can. They already maintain about 30 k's of track- but I'm not sure if they can handle 50 or not.
Then again, the government has too much on their plate than to dismantle and pave over the South Gippsland line- It wasn't even mentioned on the Vic transport plan.