And that means looking at ticket sales (and conseqently, passenger loadings).
Each rail service to Maryborough, in terms of passenger numbers, hardly compares with any other rail service that V/lines runs.
Now for something shocking....I actually think the Maryborough trains are a positive step in the right direction, as they do get, albeit 40 or so, people off the road and into trains. And I wish more Maryborough-ians would start using the limited services that are on offer. Though at the moment, it does not encourage local travel between Maryborough and Ballarat, and all stations inbetween. Otherwise, if there were at least 3 return services to Melbourne via Ballarat, (AM, lunchtime, PM), more people would be encourgaed to use the train and visit Ballarat for shopping, entertainment etc.
At the moment, if V/line suddenly wanted to save some money, they would only have to look at their worst performing services where to prune, and I am sure the Ballarat to Maryborough sevice would make it to the top of the list
As someone posted somewhere here lately....Use it or lose it.