Where's me Maryborough?

 
  per1 Banned

Location: Banned
How many trains a day? Or will this be like Echuca.

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  Ballast_Plough Chief Commissioner

Location: Lilydale, Vic
1 up in the morning - 1 down in the afternoon.

This will lead the economic recovery of Clunes!
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
1 up in the morning - 1 down in the afternoon.

This will lead the economic recovery of Clunes!
"Ballast_Plough"


Idea Hey I cant help it if the Premier quotes my words in his media release.

Ohh by the way, it will be one train up and one train down FOREVER, in perpetuity ExclamationRolling Eyes

Mike.
BTW I was being sarcastic about there being 1 train a day in perpetuity.
  ZH836301 Chief Commissioner

Location: BleakCity
Ohh by the way, it will be one train up and one train down FOREVER, in perpetuity
"The Mikelander"

Just like Echuca.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
So will they use the old Clunes Station or built a new one right next to it like they did at Creswick.
"aussiebbq"


V/Line will use the existing platform but will extend it - same side as the town, room for parking. Doubt if the station building will be used.

Rick
  BMTA511 Chief Train Controller

Location: Mahachai City
1 train a day is rather useless.

Should have been at least 1 in the morning and 1 in the evening each way 7 days a week with a few buses to ballarat in the middle of the day to improve freq.
  Ballast_Plough Chief Commissioner

Location: Lilydale, Vic
It will probably increase:

(a) If passenger numbers look promising,

(b) If more rollingstock becomes available.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
For the amount of coin the Government has outlaid on this project, I can see the service being jacked up 3 return services a day from Maryborough.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
By the size of the stabling going in at the old loco depot, Vline intend to run more services eventually.

Rick
  aussiebbq Assistant Commissioner

Location: Ballarat, Australia
Maryborough - Check!
Creswick - Check!
Clunes - Check!

Now to Talbot:

From the Ballarat Courier


Talbot residents rally for train service

TALBOT residents have spoken loud and clear - "we want trains to stop here".
A community campaign to include the small township in the state government funded rail development is gaining momentum.

Two weeks ago Premier John Brumby announced passenger rail services would return to Clunes on the Maryborough line, which will open later this year.

Residents argue that an extra stop at Talbot would boost tourism and enable the town to grow significantly.

Yesterday, more than 50 people met at the station to hear the progress of the campaign.

Central Goldfields Shire mayor Chris Meddows-Taylor said it was crucial the community stayed active as council developed a business plan to help further the cause.

"We need to have something to give the politicians to show we're ready and that it is a viable option," he said.

"There is serious growth potential for Talbot. We've got to keep the pressure up."

Talbot Train Taskforce member Ralph Durr has leased the Talbot Railway Station for the past 12 years and said it would not take much to get the station fully operational for passengers to board and alight from the train.

"When I came here the building was derelict and I've done quite a bit of work on it," he said. "Normally the station would be long enough but the government requires there is enough space for the three-car V/Locity trains.

It's 62 metres long at the moment and we believe it would probably have to be at least 75 metres."

Mr Durr said there was plenty of space for the renovations to take place, including room for a carpark.

Passenger trains have not stopped at Talbot since 1994.

While the population of Talbot may hover about 400 people, the monthly Farmers Market attracts on average 5000 people each month.

"The train is going to be going past 14 times a week," he said. "Ten years ago maybe one or two people would have caught it but now we believe it would be more than a dozen and it would also attract people to things like our Farmers Market, B&Bs, wineries."

Attendees were able to sign a petition which will be presented to the Victorian Legislative Council.


http://www.thecourier.com.au/news/local/news/general/talbot-residents-rally-for-train-service/1869895.aspx
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
How much Is the refurbishment of Clunes going the cost ?
$17'000'000 ?

Did the Vinelander or the Sunraysia train stop at Talbot ?
  kuldalai Chief Commissioner

No Mildura trains were express  Ballarat / Maryborough .
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
No Mildura trains were express  Ballarat / Maryborough .
"kuldalai"


As I thought

So why are people saying (Government) trains served stations like Creswick last back In 1993.

When the last trains to stop at / serve these stations (on a regular basis)was the Ballarat - Maryborough railmotor, discontinued back In the 70's (?)
  L2 Banned

Location: Banned
Because they are uninformed, it's well known that passenger trains last ran on the line in 1993, so clearly they equate that with the stations last being open.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
No Mildura trains were express  Ballarat / Maryborough.
"kuldalai"


That's a broad and inaccurate statement.

My VR timetable from 1961 tells me the up Mildura Sunlight stopped to set down at Talbot, Clunes and Creswick for pax beyond Donald.

The down Mildura Sunlight stopped to set pick up at Talbot, Clunes and Creswick for pax beyond Donald.

However the unnamed Friday & Sunday overnight trains stopped at these stations unconditionally.

Mike.
  ZH836301 Chief Commissioner

Location: BleakCity
So what would the average Talbot patronage be?  0.2 per service?

Some mouthpiece just has to take the firm line and tell these people straight up - it's either a train or a library/sports centre etc.

They can't expect everything.
  Blinkey Junior Train Controller

Maryborough Passenger Rail service starts 25th July.


Time table published in the Maryborough Advertiser

Up - M to F
Dep Mb - 0725
Arr SCS - 0949

Down - M to F
Dep SCS - 1605
Arr Mb - 1825

Up - Sat
Dep Mb - 0700
Arr SCS - 0923

Down - Sat
Dep SCS - 1608
Arr Mb - 1835

Up - Sun
Dep Mb - 0805
Arr SCS - 1045

Down - Sun
Dep SCS - 1608
Arr Mb - 1835

At Last!!!!!

Blinkey
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Idea Now we wait for ZH and others to rant about the now and therefore must remain so forever, one return service a day Exclamation
  woodford Chief Commissioner

Just a minor point in relation to Talbot, Violet Town on the NE line has a population of around 400 and the morning train to Melbourne will usually get 2 to 3 people getting on it.
  574M White Guru

Location: Shepparton
Maryborough Passenger Rail service starts 25th July.


Time table published in the Maryborough Advertiser

Up - M to F
Dep Mb - 0725
Arr SCS - 0949

Down - M to F
Dep SCS - 1605
Arr Mb - 1825

Up - Sat
Dep Mb - 0700
Arr SCS - 0923

Down - Sat
Dep SCS - 1608
Arr Mb - 1835

Up - Sun
Dep Mb - 0805
Arr SCS - 1045

Down - Sun
Dep SCS - 1608
Arr Mb - 1835

At Last!!!!!

Blinkey
"Blinkey"


Weekdays is (somewhat)  comparable to what we get at Shepparton...  0700 departure for an 0928 arrival in Melbourne, 0725 - 0948 is a like AM service. The weekday evening service is an early depart at 16:05, making for a challenging day in town if you have lots to do.

Do these services connect to and from buses at Maryborough?
  Ballast_Plough Chief Commissioner

Location: Lilydale, Vic
I'd love to go for a ride out there and back - but blowed if I'm staying overnight for the privilege!
  Blinkey Junior Train Controller

Re the connecting busses to the train service

They have not yet announced  any other arrangerments but they will be releasing a new VLine bus timetable as well as the new town bus schedule soon.

I wonder if they will get it right???????

Blinkey
  MOM Chief Commissioner

Location: here, there, everywhere....
I'd love to go for a ride out there and back - but blowed if I'm staying overnight for the privilege!
"Ballast_Plough"


My sentiments exactly.
For the past 15 years we've been travelling to Maryborough visiting elderly parents/PIL by car.
Now, rail returns and there is still no way of making a daily return from Melbourne. Evil or Very Mad
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
1 train a day is rather useless.

Should have been at least 1 in the morning and 1 in the evening each way 7 days a week with a few buses to ballarat in the middle of the day to improve freq.
"BMTA511"


For the amount of money spent to return passenger services to Maryborough, it appears odd there is only limited and very limited services.  Would they have been better running shuttle services between Maryborough and Ballarat to ensure more services?

Through Melbourne passengers could have changed to a Melbourne service whilst the train returned to Maryborough.  Was this considered?

To build patronage, you need to provide the travelling public with options.  There is no rail option for a daily return service to Maryborough from Melbourne.

Regards
Brian
  Ballast_Plough Chief Commissioner

Location: Lilydale, Vic
How would the crewing work? Would a Ballarat driver take a taxi to Maryborough to drive the first up? Or would a driver be based at Maryborough and drive the morning up to city and take a Ballarat train back home then taxi?

Reverse for the evening train?

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