The Vinelander, it is ALWAYS
about money when we are dealing with governments, (and councils), and most businesses.
$$$ will always be the number 1 factor in whatever government or private bussinesses do.
Even with heritage/tourist railways, although some wont admit it, money, and the making of money (income) is the number 1 factor in whether they succeed or fail. That and having the manpower (volunteers) to make things work.
The operators of our railways are not
benevolent organisations. Nor are they altruistic.
Whatever they do, cost, and risk, assessments are always done.
Why would V/line operate a railway line that bleeds money from their cash reserves?
A line that operates in the red will always be at the forefront of V/Lines attention.
The Ballarat to Maryborough train service is, at this point in time, is a nice thing to have....it revives an old line, brings back memories for some old timers, and gives rail buffs another route to run their steam trains on.
* The train service doesnt perform a huge community service, have a look at the loadings of the train....what, only about 40 people, on average, use the train. Not a massive community uptake by any stretch of ones imagination.
* The train certainly doesnt pay its way. To operate the service, V/Line would have to redirect money from other areas to keep the line open and operating.
And if anything, when you compare the number of seats in a 2 x VLocity car set to the number of paying passengers on a particular service, then the Ballarat Maryborough section has to be one of the worst perfomig lines, if not the worst, that V/Line has,.
If anything, V/line should have re-opened the Dandenong to Leongatha line to passenger trains....each service would probably attract alot more locals than the Maryborough train, and be alot more econonically viable!!