My point exactly.Or Alvie, or 16 1/2 miles past Millewa South, or Lette, or Stony Crossing, or Briagolong, or Woodside, or Whitfield, or Outtrim, or Morkalla, or Red Hill, or Wensleydale... They're all be as useful as giving a university education to Paris Hilton.
This sadly never seems to come in to it. At least we can aim to preserve former rights of way, through rail trails and what not, until they can be economically justified. Would be nice to see freight trains running once more to places such as Corowa, Mt Gambier and Canberra.
The list of useless railway lines that never should have been built is massive.
Just because you like trains doesn't mean they were ever useful in all their applications.
What are you saying about Outtrim ?
The line was built to hual coal to Melbourne, after coal traffic finnished the line was mostly abandon and quicky disposed of.
The whole point asserted was that all railway alignments need to be retained - and Outtrim (built to serve a marginal industry and no longer required) or say Dunkeld-Penshurst (built to serve a marginal political interest) disprove it; saying that rail alignments are Always Very Important is a load of utter bollocks.
And if you get the occasional detour on a 279 page thread, you get a detour...