the report is worth a read.
whilst it does talk about standard gauge for the reasons above it does acknowledge that there is a higher cost to track through standard gauge such that the actual overall difference could be a low as 1%. It also talks about the possibility of dual gauge. As such it goes on to presume standard gauge but makes the observation that a lot will depend on actual vehicle construction costs. It also makes the ridiculous observation that heritage stock could be fairly easily converted to standard gauge using volunteer labour but at least recognises that heritage stock could be a user of the line on occasions.
Overall, at least we have positive recommendation this time and an extension of the city terminus to Franklin Square. If it can move onto narrow gauge, a few more stops and extension to at least Austins Ferry it might be getting somewhere. I see none of this as unachievable, considering where the project has come from over the last couple of years. Credit to those that have pushed it this far. Government interest is still luke warm so the timing of the report just before federal and state elections is somewhat encouraging.
Out of all this though, it should not be forgotten that without this proposal, the TTMS is land locked anyway as the without an operational line (cant see tasrail maintaining it in an accessible condition in the short term) the heritage train opportunities are limited and the resourcing required to take on the line (especially with the nearby crossings) is significant.