MTR Gone?

 
  sambo Station Master

Did I read correctly, that ARHS (ACT) decided to give up the lease on the Michelago line?

I thought they had only just voted on keeping the lease going...

But if this means they can put more money/time into keeping what they have, going, well maybe its for the best?

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  TE2815 Minister for Railways

Location: Mission control Minto or Thirlmere
Termination of ARHS Agreement to Operate the Michelago Branch Line

On Thursday 28th April a stop block has been placed on the Michelago branch line at Queanbeyan at 321.723 kms clear of Frame F crossover.

The Ordinary Train Staff for the section Queanbeyan to Royalla has been obtained from ARHS by the Goulburn Signals Maintenance Engineer and secured out of use.
"ARTC Safe Notice"
  ssaunders Train Controller

The ARHS was never able to complete the paper work required and show it could do the job, so the agreement was terminated by ARTC on behalf of the NSW Govt.

Look at LVR and the Cowra branch, notice something, no trains either. There just isn't the resources available in volunteer organisations in regional areas.

ss
  peterreynell Locomotive Fireman

of course..............it's not so simple


these are the facts

As recently as last Friday night the ARHS ACT Council disussed Michelago and set a goal for the next year to finalise the matter.

The ARHS ACT no longer has a lease on the line, as noted elsewhere.. However, there are residual leases at Royalla [platform and loop] and Michelago.[Station building] There are also some items of rolling stock and there is a shed at Michelago.

ARHS Council asked the supporters of MTR to produce a business plan.Over a period of about five years this was not produced [although I did draft a preliminary one]. At the same time, ARHS ACT responded to Regulator audit criticism in several years about the inadequacy/lack of two sections in our SMS.

One person tried to produce these sections for the SMS but they were assessed internally as not to the required standard.

At the same time the ARTC and RIC  formally set out a set of conditions for renewal of the lease..these conditions are in an atachment to a letter dated 10 September 2009.

Given that the Society's Council was not confident that it could meet the conditions in light of the above we advised that we wanted more time. Eventually the Audit issue was resolved by a subsequent decision to no longer operate trains south of Queanbeyan.

I am not going to enter into protracted correspondence because of the history on this. However the ARHS Council will listen to any sensible proposal.
  RTT_Rules Dr Beeching

Location: Dubai UAE
The ARHS was never able to complete the paper work required and show it could do the job, so the agreement was terminated by ARTC on behalf of the NSW Govt.

Look at LVR and the Cowra branch, notice something, no trains either. There just isn't the resources available in volunteer organisations in regional areas.

ss
"ssaunders"


Have to agree, taking over a disused line is a big commitment and history is repeating itself (unfortunately) across the country from one organisation to the next. The exceptions being the groups that like the commerical operators run more than 1 or so train a week.

Regards
Shane
  TE2815 Minister for Railways

Location: Mission control Minto or Thirlmere
Have to have the resources and I am afriad the patronage. I went to Cooma a couple of weekends ago. The 1pm Cooma to Bunyan return had about 3 passengers from memory and I was the only passenger to do the 2pm trip to Chakola and back. (My ticket $18.00, possibly would not have even covered the running costs)

It is all well and good for people to sit back and say they should do this, they should have kept that open etc......, but how many people actually get out there and pay for a trip and/or help out Question

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