Hi again. I know there has been no media release on this line, but there is works happening on this line.
Update that the rail line been cut out a few weeks ago (washout area) is now gone as it was cut in same lengths to fit on a semi. I have a friend in town and his brother works on the rails so do get some info.
Was at the car club meeting on Thursday and a club member have since found out that speed rail is replacing the old rail to run sprinters and return passenger services to Inglewood/Eaglehawk. Bendigo is destined to have dual gauges interchange according to a current report i found through government report pdf dated 2014. Greg
Again, wishful and speculative thinking. I wish it was true and I had your optimism, but unfortunately the facts don't align. Here is the closest I can find to official comment on the line and any future use (dated Oct 2015): https://www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/file/337/download?token=gj0vJ4QY
Quote Pg 6:
"Whilst not specifically analysed for the purpose of either the TIAR or this Panel Report two major potential future transport connections have been acknowledge in terms of design. These are the Marong Bypass and reactivation of the Sandhurst to Inglewood rail line. It is noted Aurecon have not been advised of any specific details in regard to timelines whereby either connection could be operational and indeed there appears to be no formal documentation that recognises these as operational connections."
Quote pg 25-26:
"PTV is generally in the support of the proposed development, however it is noted that its submission states: “the site abuts the Sandhurst/Eaglehawk and Inglewood railway line. This railway line is currently not used for railway purposes however it is important to ensure that nothing is done to preclude its reactivation….” 5 Submission Review Project 204027 File Marong Business Park PSA Traffic Report_Final.docx 22 October 2015 Revision 1 Page 26 It is noted that the Masterplans do not include any crossing of the disused rail lines and positively identify potential areas that could be utilised in the future to support freight and passenger connections between the business park and the rail line should it be reactivated."
So it's crickets chirping on any reactivation. At least the alignment is safe for now. I might take some photos when I can.