Inland railway Melbourne - Brisbane

 
  Z VAN Locomotive Driver

The Epping/ Thornleigh section has just opened completing the third part of the project. The other two components were the dive at North Strathfield to take UP trains under the UP Passengers and the extended loops at Gosford.
As has been stated above like improvements to the Highway each components adds to the whole.
The quantitative leaps that Us railfans would like to see can not always be matched by Government expendature. Pitty.

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  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!
Way back in 1992 the need for an SSFL or equivalent works was flagged as a national transport priority. Nothing came of it until ARTC took it on as part of the NSW Lease. NSW showed no interest in quading or building a dedicated freight line themselves. Given it was a separate line it became an all ARTC show (unlike the NSFC works). Subsequently NSW handed over the metro freight lines that connected with the SSFL.

One can speculate but it's unlikely anything would have changed without ARTC in the picture. Presumably as metro passenger traffic increased, there would be fewer paths and operators would have nothing like the flexibility that the SSFL provides.

NSFC scope was dumbed down considerably. Funding was provided for 1 project on ARTC and 3 projects on NSW controlled lines. It's unlikely to be a game changer.

Precious little guvmnt funding has gone into the DIRN since 2010. There is no indication that the feds have any intention to provide significant funding for any rail improvements into the future whether they be along the existing East Coast line or some  inland railway. In fact is there a national strategy for rail at all Mad
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
With regard to Inland this is not true.  It i's receiving funding to match theon published timetable. But of course because it's not being built now most feel it gets nothing.
  simstrain Chief Commissioner

Way back in 1992 the need for an SSFL or equivalent works was flagged as a national transport priority. Nothing came of it until ARTC took it on as part of the NSW Lease. NSW showed no interest in quading or building a dedicated freight line themselves. Given it was a separate line it became an all ARTC show (unlike the NSFC works). Subsequently NSW handed over the metro freight lines that connected with the SSFL.

One can speculate but it's unlikely anything would have changed without ARTC in the picture. Presumably as metro passenger traffic increased, there would be fewer paths and operators would have nothing like the flexibility that the SSFL provides.

NSFC scope was dumbed down considerably. Funding was provided for 1 project on ARTC and 3 projects on NSW controlled lines. It's unlikely to be a game changer.

Precious little guvmnt funding has gone into the DIRN since 2010. There is no indication that the feds have any intention to provide significant funding for any rail improvements into the future whether they be along the existing East Coast line or some  inland railway. In fact is there a national strategy for rail at all Mad
cootanee

How many freight trains run into and out of Sydney daily?

How many of those actually use the SSFL?

If the Inland rail gets built then what will the future of the SSFL be? Since the only traffic that really uses the SSFL tends to be through traffic from Brisbane to Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
If Maldon-Dombarton gets up and running I'd say there would be plenty of traffic for the SSFL.

What's the likelihood of that?  Don't know. But it is being looked at by TfNSW as evidenced by ongoing tender activity.
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: Gheringhap Loop Autonomous Zone
The last Maldon-Dombarton rail study said that it wasn't a viable proposition as most freight relevant to the line could be easily handled by installing more passing loops on the Moss Vale - Unanderra for a substantially lower cost than the $624-667 million it was estimated to finish constructing the line. Most of the expected traffic on the line would be export coal from the Lithgow area and would need a large mining expansion to justify that. The 1-in-30 downhill grade towards the coast is manageable for export traffic (where loaded wagons are