I hear on the grape vine that the line from Castlemaine to Maryborough is to be lifted starting Monday (14-4-14). If this is true, it looks like they want to make sure no one can put up the proposal for a pass across there again.
My information (not sure 100% correct) is the level crossings ONLY are to be done.
How is resurfacing crossings a crime?
Even if they removed the whole line, the current infrastructure would need to be replaced for a passenger service anyway.
As much as I'm loathe to agree with ZH, it's a relevant point that the track needs to be replaced in its entirety in the event I live long enough to see the...I'm going to call it the 'Western Crescent' line reinstated for pax services.
"One thing i can't figure out is how they got nine crossings? Even with private crossing, the only way to get nine in Castlemaine would be to count the ones used by VGR (which are still there)"
The news talked about Castlemaine area - probably includes those out through Campbells Creek and towards Guildford.
Now that the rail crossings have been removed, would they need to be grade separated if the line were to be reopened?
I noticed on a recent Sunday drive along the Midland Hwy between Showell's Hill, near Campbells Creek and Yandoit/Guildford that the line has recently been completely lifted and sleepers removed. Perhaps the rail trail is finally on its way.The VGR has been reclaiming track for their line.