Pie In the shy type stuff !
Look up why services were discontinued In the first place.
Having been involved in the area on work parties that were SRA/union/community groups, the line and services to Armidale and points north were killed off for political reasons, the then member for New England and the other one from Tamworth were both finished when the line was originally cut at Tamworth for the XPT services. The Tamworth member accepted a position as state parliamentary secretary with a lift in benefits and a higher retirement package for agreeing to the cuts after the election at the time.
The member for New England was the first ever to be voted out after one stint in parliament, both of them had promised to fight tooth and nail to keep the line and all services open, neither had teeth and none of the services stayed.
As for freight, there was a big push by many farming and rural groups to get business back on rail, interestingly at that time the Guyra meat works was still on rail, likewise Tenterfield. Meat from Inverel was road carried to Wallangarra transferred to QR and transhipped at Acacia Ridge and travelled by rail down the NCL. Later it was all sent by road when each of the works changed With Tenterfield closing, and Guyra was on life support. All markets produce also was pushed off rail, then petrol and other petroleum products, this was a cut back that had fuel from Newcastle area went to Tamworth and road hauled back to Quirindi, for distribution to Werris Creek by road as well. The last freight on the NT was superphosphate, it used to go to Tenterfield with the meatworks traffic, along with loads to Glenn Innes and Guyra also Dumereq.
All shoved off rail, in the meetings up there several businesses wanted rail to take their freight, even 2 of the local councils said they would use rail for all their orderings, but were rejected. The rest is history.
Passenger services in the early 80's were changed to have all seats booked seats only including the mails, when the mail went to road, that lost traffic on the trains bot directions, later removal of small freight/lcl traffic was dispensed with as well. Booked seating also changed with every station/town being allocated a set number of seats, both first and economy, problem then was that the number of carriages were reduced on the trains as they amalgamated at Wck from the NT and Moree, more carriages meant over the load for a single engine.
Any station that had sold out of tickets, that usually was Armidale and Tamworth, who along with Glenn Innis and Uralla were given more seating allocations than usually needed but any empty/non sold seat could not be booked from another station, as the whole ticketing system was locked through a single ticket booking service in Sydney.
Almost every train that ran to and past Werris Creek in both direction, on the night trains were generally no more than half full but each station booking office kept records of the amount of passengers turned away. Government and railways refuted the numbers for obvious reasons but the records were there.
The up mail from Armidale on Fridays, and the down mail on Sunday nights used to be fully booked and had standing room for many years before the booked seats only was introduced, the two trains were used by the students at Armidale/New England University as they had the chance to go home on the weekends.
There is more that I could say, and have said in the past, but it will sadly not get anywhere now. Like many other locations around the state, passengers on rail are inconveniences to the system and governments as a whole, same with freight services that are not bulk commodities.