And remember, none of the buses to points beyond Maryborough connect with the train, so much of the potential train patronage is denied to it.
That's because there's nothing beyond Maryborough.
Not only that, on some days there is a bus that runs from Ballarat to Maryborough and return only 35 minutes after the train - practically duplicating it.
Ie. the Donald bus - which should run straight to Avoca and have nothing to do with Marybugger.
This would cut the St Arnaud travel time to 1hr40min from Ballarat, rather than the current 2h20min.
1) It's not a business it's a service
It's regional pork barreling.