1 up in the morning - 1 down in the afternoon.
This will lead the economic recovery of Clunes!
Talbot residents rally for train service
TALBOT residents have spoken loud and clear - "we want trains to stop here".
A community campaign to include the small township in the state government funded rail development is gaining momentum.
Two weeks ago Premier John Brumby announced passenger rail services would return to Clunes on the Maryborough line, which will open later this year.
Residents argue that an extra stop at Talbot would boost tourism and enable the town to grow significantly.
Yesterday, more than 50 people met at the station to hear the progress of the campaign.
Central Goldfields Shire mayor Chris Meddows-Taylor said it was crucial the community stayed active as council developed a business plan to help further the cause.
"We need to have something to give the politicians to show we're ready and that it is a viable option," he said.
"There is serious growth potential for Talbot. We've got to keep the pressure up."
Talbot Train Taskforce member Ralph Durr has leased the Talbot Railway Station for the past 12 years and said it would not take much to get the station fully operational for passengers to board and alight from the train.
"When I came here the building was derelict and I've done quite a bit of work on it," he said. "Normally the station would be long enough but the government requires there is enough space for the three-car V/Locity trains.
It's 62 metres long at the moment and we believe it would probably have to be at least 75 metres."
Mr Durr said there was plenty of space for the renovations to take place, including room for a carpark.
Passenger trains have not stopped at Talbot since 1994.
While the population of Talbot may hover about 400 people, the monthly Farmers Market attracts on average 5000 people each month.
"The train is going to be going past 14 times a week," he said. "Ten years ago maybe one or two people would have caught it but now we believe it would be more than a dozen and it would also attract people to things like our Farmers Market, B&Bs, wineries."
Attendees were able to sign a petition which will be presented to the Victorian Legislative Council.
No Mildura trains were express Ballarat / Maryborough .
No Mildura trains were express Ballarat / Maryborough.
Maryborough Passenger Rail service starts 25th July.
Time table published in the Maryborough Advertiser
Up - M to F
Dep Mb - 0725
Arr SCS - 0949
Down - M to F
Dep SCS - 1605
Arr Mb - 1825
Up - Sat
Dep Mb - 0700
Arr SCS - 0923
Down - Sat
Dep SCS - 1608
Arr Mb - 1835
Up - Sun
Dep Mb - 0805
Arr SCS - 1045
Down - Sun
Dep SCS - 1608
Arr Mb - 1835
I'd love to go for a ride out there and back - but blowed if I'm staying overnight for the privilege!
1 train a day is rather useless.
Should have been at least 1 in the morning and 1 in the evening each way 7 days a week with a few buses to ballarat in the middle of the day to improve freq.