A PUSH to allow a private operator to reopen an abandoned country freight rail line could become a model for resurrecting other disused lines across the state.
The state government is advertising for tenders to run and maintain 200km of track from Blayney to Demondrille and Koorawatha to Greenthorpe — known collectively as the “Cowra Lines” and closed in 2007 — as part of the country regional network.
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This is not a bad approach. This style of operation happens in the USA where short line operators play a vital role in feeding carloads to the larger railroads.
But could it work here?