I know the steel mill has been at Hastings for a long time (and hopefully it will survive the current problems that are causing it to make a loss).
But in the olden days was The Steelie ever hauled by L class or E class electric locomotives once it got to the wires at Frankston, or has it always been diesel hauled the whole way?
I would hate to say but the future of the mill looks bleak (so much Imported steel from Thailand and Taiwan coming Into Melbourne)
The mill set up would probably be the starting base for the new deep water port proposed there (but I don't think the current Governments grand plans for the Port of Hastings will come to function, the "West Port" just ticks more boxes In terms of good transport connections)
Brown coal from Latrobe Valley being exported Is just someone's pipe dream, massive overheads would have to be paid for before any exporting could commence (that's If there Is even a market for low value coal)
The mill siding went In In 1969, many trains worked through to the mill from Albury and Adelaide, so 44 km's of electric traction would hardly be worth the effort. (never seen pictures of L Classes hauling heavy goods on the Frankston line, the L Class didn't perform very well on heavy goods because of their light axel load)