If railway lines were built on the basis of what use they might be at some future date then you could easily justify building
railway lines from anywhere to anywhere else.
Prior to Everard Crompton and his ATEC consortium suggesting that such a line might be built, and indeed even offering to build it , albeit with no money
no one had ever heard of the Inland Line .
It now seems to be one of these projects which is based on , "if we build this line then all sorts of wonderful things will happen, and suddenly millions of tonnes of
freight will magically appear out of nowhere to use the line."
Logic seems to have gone completely out the window.
If people want to build railway lines, then why not build them where an immediate benefit will be gained, and where there is a crying out need for a line to be built.
The obvious candidate is a SG line from Melbourne to the Port of Hastings, which would immediately save all the double handling of the steel trains .
But , theres no enthusiasm at all.