Where's me Maryborough?

 
  Riccardo Minister for Railways

Location: Gone. Don't bother PMing here.
Still waiting, Mike Dirranbandi Mail.

I voted ALP. They've done the sleepers. And the 3 car velos are appearing. So where is it?

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  Brian 2009 Chief Commissioner

Location: N.S.W.
Still waiting, Mike Dirranbandi Mail.

I voted ALP. They've done the sleepers. And the 3 car velos are appearing. So where is it?
"Riccardo"


Don't we already have a thread on Maryborough.

Regards,
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Look on the Government web site http://www.doi.vic.gov.au and make up your own conclusion !!
  Somebody in the WWW Banned

Location: Banned
I think we should concentrate on a service to Manangatang after (if) Maryborough is done Twisted Evil

Don't we already have a thread on Maryborough.
"Wilfy2007"

I thought you would want to be one of the first to participate in a new thread about Maryborough.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Still waiting, Mike Dirranbandi Mail.

I voted ALP. They've done the sleepers. And the 3 car velos are appearing. So where is it?
"Riccardo"


Idea  Well if it's not the long lost very occasional poster, Riccardo  Exclamation I must check for the blue moon tonight. Wink

Things getting a bit boring and predictable on the more enlightened side of PT discussion Question

I bet you don't get these childish flame wars on your blog, but with flame wars comes laughter, something that's possibly missing on the more philosophical boards. Wink

So you still want to travel on a VLocity to Maryborough, like tomorrow, Sunday Question

This question was asked a few weeks ago and I stand by my response...

PS, are you travelling on The 'Bandilander to Dirranbandi on the Australia Day Weekend Question


Blinkey wrote, back on 3rd November:
Many of the people expected the local member to announce the re-introduction of passenger services at this function on Friday. It did not happen and there were a number of fairly disappointed people. The local community is very concerned at the lack of action by the government on this issue. It has been promised to the community since 1999. I think the local member will lose his seat if he doesn't get this thing going very soon. As someone said to me "well, the gloves are off now". Expect some serious action early next year... watch this space.

Any help, thoughts, suggestions would be appreciated.


Idea  Clearly you have no idea of the political process  Exclamation

The timing is WAY off right now...

Over the next 12 months expect rumours and maybe occasional snippets in the local paper about the on-again, off-again start of pax services to Maryborough.
Expect non committal comments from the Minister or the Premier, but expect the Joe Helper to sweat and squirm somewhat if approached directly about it.

If you really know him, he may even be able to tell you the actual start date. If not then before the end of next year, there will be more press coverage and threats by locals to vote for Peters (PClark's) party.

After much letter writing and talk-back on radio etc, the Government will acknowledge the Community is energised about getting the train up and running to the now unused, beautifully restored station.

This groundswell of public opinion will extend to those who may not have given much thought to using the train to go to Melbourne, but it's an interesting study, the 'bandwagon effect'.

Because there will be a groundswell of positive public opinion, something that didn't happen at Leongatha/Korumburra, there will be an announcement that the worst kept secret, the train will start running, maybe 6 months before the 2010 election, and IMO some services will extend to St Arnaud.

If Joe Helper retires next Election, he will go out saying he fought to re-introduce the train, which will assist the incoming new Member for Ripon.

Of course I could be wrong, but the political process usually wins out.

Mike, in far away Longreach.  
  Ads Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Look on the Government web site http://www.doi.vic.gov.au and make up your own conclusion !!
"Nightfire"

Well from what I see the Mildura line report clearly states the track upgrade is for freight traffic. I am suprised it didn't read "upgrade for rail traffic" - to play it safe on their part keep it general......something the Government is normally very good at doing!
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
From the Premiers website:

The Brumby Government has also committed $50 million to reinstate passenger train services to Maryborough, via Ballarat. The project will include upgrading the track, associated signalling works and train stabling as appropriate.

“The section of track between Melbourne and Maryborough has already been upgraded as part of the Mildura Freight Upgrade, meaning it is now easier to get it to a standard suitable for passenger services,” Ms Kosky said.

“And with a $1 million heritage upgrade completed at Maryborough Station earlier this year, the conditions are just right to allow us to restore passenger services. Once complete, passengers can look forward to a daily return service on a VLocity train via Ballarat.

“This provides terrific opportunities for Maryborough residents to commute to Ballarat and Melbourne for work, study or leisure.”


http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/minister-for-public-transport/more-regional-trains-and-return-of-passenger-services-to-maryborough.html

IdeaI'm happy to stand corrected regards the political process, especially if it gets new services up and running ahead of election campaigning, however there is still DDA requirements, and or track slewing to be met at Creswick, Clunes and possibly Talbot, unless the plan is to run express Maryborough/Ballarat services.

Mike.
  639 Chief Commissioner

And those who did not think it would happen....
  feralmet Station Master

Location: Carisbrook 3464, Vic
Just had a call from Blinkey (who is down in Melb today), to say that there will be new trains, a new station for Creswick and the whole thing planned to be up and running within 18 months....

Watch this space... (between my ears)... Smile
  639 Chief Commissioner

Just had a call from Blinkey (who is down in Melb today), to say that there will be new trains, a new station for Creswick and the whole thing planned to be up and running within 18 months....

Watch this space... (between my ears)... Smile
"feralmet"


Hmm a new station for Creswick.. is it really needed I am sure the current one could do with some track mods.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
How many services are planed ? only one return service a day ?

Creswick just needs Its platform extended outwards towards the mainline(using steel and concrete)
  MOM Chief Commissioner

Location: here, there, everywhere....
What! one trip per day, don't be crazy, otherwise I'll have to start posting in the bizzare, stupid, idiotic and crazy idea thread.

Goverments don't spend that sort of money on one trip per day...
  alstom_888m Chief Commissioner

Location:
How many services are planed ? only one return service a day ?
"Nightfire"
14 per week, so most likely 2 a day.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
How many services are planed ? only one return service a day ?
"Nightfire"
14 per week, so most likely 2 a day.
"alstom_888m"


Depends how you count the services

14 Ups and 14 Downs could = 28 services a week

                             0r

7 Ups and 7 Downs could = 14 sevices a week

I think Marybourough should get at least 3 Ups and 3 Downs a day as does Ararat.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
What! one trip per day, don't be crazy, otherwise I'll have to start posting in the bizzare, stupid, idiotic and crazy idea thread.

Goverments don't spend that sort of money on one trip per day...
"MOM"


 They do initially, remember Sherwood Park Exclamation

That gives plenty of opportunity to increase services when the 2010 campaign starts, and they can compare that to Ted's and Agent Mulder's virtually non-existent PT policy which doesn't even figure a returned rail service to Maryborough.

Mike.

PS Ararat was originally planned to be a minimal rail service and look at it now Exclamation
  witsend Chief Commissioner

Location: Front RH Seat of a School Bus
How many services are planed ? only one return service a day ?
"Nightfire"
14 per week, so most likely 2 a day.
"alstom_888m"


Depends how you count the services

14 Ups and 14 Downs could = 28 services a week

                             0r

7 Ups and 7 Downs could = 14 sevices a week

I think Marybourough should get at least 3 Ups and 3 Downs a day as does Ararat.
"Nightfire"


Once complete, passengers can look forward to a daily return service on a VLocity train via Ballarat.
"http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/minister-for-public-transport/more-regional-trains-and-return-of-passenger-services-to-maryborough.html"
  MOM Chief Commissioner

Location: here, there, everywhere....
Bit like Yes Minister, read what you want into the statement and make your own conclusion.
  VRfan Moderator

Location: In front of my computer :-p
IMHO that would most likely mean an early morning up and an evening down, stabling overnight.
  aussiebbq Assistant Commissioner

Location: Ballarat, Australia
IMHO that would most likely mean an early morning up and an evening down, stabling overnight.
"VRfan"


Just like Echuca, however like the Ararat more services maybe introduced later.
  Blinkey Junior Train Controller

I'm happy to stand corrected regards the political process, especially if it gets new services up and running ahead of election campaigning, however there is still DDA requirements, and or track slewing to be met at Creswick, Clunes and possibly Talbot, unless the plan is to run express Maryborough/Ballarat services.


Perhaps we do understand the political process

In any case I am delighted and will make sure the process continues to the end. The 14 services is a bit lean but we now have something to work with. Let it be a message to other communities... it can be done (but I will feel a lot more comfortable when I ride that first train out of Maryborough

Blinkey
  VBAndy Chief Commissioner

Creswick just needs Its platform extended outwards towards the mainline
"Nightfire"

Not only is the idea of a new station a waste of money, this theory of extending the current platform is crazy. Its pretty straight forward, slew the track back to the platform just like it used to be.

Creswick station building & platform are in pretty decent nick, it would cost less to over-haul than to build a new one.

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Creswick station taken in Febuary this year
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
True move the mainline back to the platform.

What was gained by moving the mainline away from the platform ?

(Trains could take the curve 5 Km/h faster ?)
  MOM Chief Commissioner

Location: here, there, everywhere....
Easier track maintenence for one. (the passenger plan would not have been hatched when the track was straightned).

Regardless, either the main will need to be slewed back or a new passing siding built.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
when was the last time a passenger train called at Creswick on a regaler basis ?

The yard would of been rationalized back In 1987 ?
  MOM Chief Commissioner

Location: here, there, everywhere....
Most of these discussions have been carried out in other Mildura threads.
Do we need another thread to re-hash every detail again?

Mods, could you please lock the thread.

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