This is the same old tired argument we have been listening to for years and one the road transport lobby loves.
Because you can't think or know of a way to do it I obviously cannot be done.
How much more freight is on rail in the USA compared to Australia ?
The Americans would not have a clue right ? What would rail companies in the USA know about running trains. Hard to believe.
Until peoples perceptions on what can be achieved and in many respects has already been achieved in this country rail will struggle.
SCT is a great example of how privatised government rail enterprises rising out of the ashes could not achieve or did not know how to achieve what SCT has already made a great success.
The difference being SCT do not have management who cannot think outside the coal
US companies like UP, BNSF, NS & CSX to name the main one run the best freight services in the world bar none. Yes the USA does have many more population centres than Australia but a great deal of the intermodal services run West to East with South to North ramping up on the East Coast with mainly NS & CSX.
I would suggest that their safety record is not bad compared to the amount of freight they haul. Some of the bad accidents occurred with smaller operators taking short cuts.
We are not doing anywhere near as well.