How many people on this board have actually used it and/or use it infrequently? I'm guessing nobody and that's at the core of the issue.
i have a good excuse, yer honner, i live in the UK. i thank the lord jesus every day for having let this particular cup pass from my lips , let me tell you ...
i use rail (fast commute cambridge - london) daily. by far the best choice; if you're not using the train on that route, then you're camping out, as PJK would have said.
i am thinking of returning to oz for a trip late this year. i have come to hate planes, and keep putting off trips to the southern hemisphere. eurostar is too convenient. so you see, a good
train can be a life changer...
but having done my time on countrylink and cityrail's interminable long distance trains when i lived in surry hills in the 1990s - hey, i couldn't go to dance parties every
weekend, could i ? ... i'm now loath to subject myself, or those near and dear, to the likes of the overland.
that would be like where someone tries to tell you a minor variation of a joke you heard about fifteen years ago, which wasn't that funny anyway.
unlike the regional pax advocates we get on here, i don't see why anyone
should feel guilty about not using a train that i'd only go on if i was tasered and manhandled onto.
also, i don't see any reason i or indeed you, should suffer because dimwitted regional governments in a faraway continent couldn't get their transport right 125 years ago and their successors have found repeating the stupidity to their taste.
in my world, you don't charge people -even $87- to subject them to the results of your bad habits. you either get it right, or you phuque orf.