Intelligence and Competence Eludes Infrastructure Victoria

 

News article: Intelligence and Competence Eludes Infrastructure Victoria

Infrastructure Australia's Inland Rail Link from Melbourne through NSW to Brisbane is going to be declared an economic zone from border to border to benefit Regional Centres and Country towns along the rail corridor.

  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Should a standard gauge line from Bendigo to Kilmore wast be added to the plan ?

Intelligence and Competence Eludes Infrastructure Victoria

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  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: North Haverbrook; where the monorail is king!
The old Heathcote line isn't a likely candidate IMO. Too much line to be rebuilt, rubbish curves & grades (the line is mostly 1-in-50 grades, some curves are as tight as 20 chains) and much of the alignment has been sold off and is no longer controlled by VicTrack at all.

If Inland Rail goes via Shepparton (who knows any more, IR may as well not be happening at the moment Rolling Eyes ) then a connection from the Tocumwal line to Bendigo could be done by rebuilding the old Murchison East - Colbinabbin line, building a new extension of that line to Goornong on the Echuca line and then running dual gauge track into Bendigo until you reach your freight customers.
VicTrack still owns ~95% of the Colbinabbin Line alignment, it's currently leased out as a rail trail. The grades are pretty flat and the line extension is pretty logical (almost a straight line between Colbinabbin and Goornong).

But you need to find some customers first. SSR North Bendigo isn't going to be enough, you'll need something resembling a regular freight service, even if it's weekly. That's where the City of Greater Bendigo has to come in and make some decisions.

Now, as for the actual news article... it's basically:
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
Don't lose heart LD, Inland Rail is a long term project and I believe will happen!

Regarding the article, agreed, its pretty weak - you cant say it will bring economic growth without some sort of explanation of how.  I'm always sceptical of the press releases from this group.

LD, I like your suggestion - it could also go ahead if the Narrandera-Toc-Seymour line was all SG, with freight short lined up/down to/from Junee/Mangalore to connect to Inland Rail (subject to the economic benefits outweighing the costs of course, and that the funding challenge can be sorted).
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
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How to win friends and influence people.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
@LancedDendrite Inland Rail is going via Albury.
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: North Haverbrook; where the monorail is king!
@LancedDendrite Inland Rail is going via Albury.
railblogger
It's not going via anywhere if it doesn't get any more Federal funding than the current trickle.
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The old Heathcote line isn't a likely candidate IMO. Too much line to be rebuilt, rubbish curves & grades (the line is mostly 1-in-50 grades, some curves are as tight as 20 chains) and much of the alignment has been sold off and is no longer controlled by VicTrack at all.
LancedDendrite


I know for a fact a Model railway club member's daughter has her bedroom right where the train  steamed thorughon that line.  So the right o way is long gone !!!!

"Mummy that nasty  intermodel ran though my bedroom again"   Smile
"Did you catch the number of the locos ?" - Dad....


Regards,
David Head
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
The current trickle is what is needed now.  As they get things ready for construction, they'll get more funds.  Look out in 3-4 years time when the tunnel works are happening west of Brisbane.

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