Yelta line grainys go to Geelong 3/4 of the time. Thanks for the insight Lachlan.
SSR's locos are too old, pi$$ weak and tired to cope with keeping a fully loaded train under control going down Islington bank safely.
There will be way more trains per week if it went through Ballarat. There's an intermodal terminal that is supposed to be built in Ouyen but rail useage depends on a 24hr turnaround which in turn depends on the route via Ballarat
I keep hearing, "build it and they will come".
When IF the various freight companies give a firm commitment of MONEY, that an ugraded SG service will be used to the level commensurate with the cost involved then possibily it will happen.
However your post today about Donald grain going onto trucks seems to prove the point that there is minimal interest in using rail, no matter what
Sad for us gunzells, but we are not the ones counting the dollars.
Its probably a simple financial decision i bet there.
By road, approx 260km.
By current rail, approx 410km (+57% distance)
By expected SG rail at project inception, approx 280km (+7% distance)
So, i think that if the original project was built, it would have come. And with 81/BL/G class and higher productivity grain wagons.
The freight companies gave input into the original business case that they would not invest in BG rollingstock if the lines remained as BG. And what has happened? No investment (in any meaningful sense, a few VLs onto SG is minor in the scheme of things).
So no, we are left with a suboptimal solution that is forcing grain onto roads because VLine stuffed up the project (for whatever reasons but probably linked to the culture that had a CEO taking bribes in brown paper bags and talking via burner phones).
Finally, if the rail unions really wanted to generate more rail freight, they'd be supportive of this project and make it happen, cos al theyre doing is making more work for truck drivers. Perhaps that is the stronger union down there...