A friend of mine is visiting from Adelaide and insisted on taking the train home on Tuesday - partly because I told him about the rumours on Railpage that the train was going to be closed at some stage soon.Looking forward to feedback.
Unfortunately the booking process on-line was surprisingly complicated and there was a fee attached to making an 'assisted' booking (it used to be called phone-booking!). I also noticed that there's surprisingly very few places where you can actually go and buy a ticket in person - we rang GSR to find out if we could actually buy a ticket at Southern Cross station but they weren't sure themselves exactly who sold the tickets or when they were open.
We got through the internet booking eventually - he got the upgrade to 'Red Premium' so it will be interesting to hear how the trip goes...
I wouldn't hold any value, nor comment or spread rumors of the train closing. There have been rumors in Qld of the Westlander and Inlander closing for the 15years I have lived there and they are still running.