Not with standing the dated map I hope the Lobby Group behind this proposal can succeed.
I believe the Country lines of Victoria should be gauge converted to Standard Gauge as the efficiencies gained are sometimes subtle and sometimes have compelling economic reasons.
The subtle is for any industry to have maximum efficiencies it must have and be able to integrate with the system as a whole in this case the National Standard Gauge System.
The simplest is grain haulage. If there is a drought in Northern NSW and a resultant surplus of Wheat Hoppers it is a simple matter to run the wagons to Victoria and supplement the poole if needed. Currently you could but who supplies and keeps a poole of bogies just in case as they cost money and basically for every wagon two sets of bogies would be required. No one!
Locomotives, the VL's similarly had to be gauge converted for the Paper Train at a significant cost compared to just running into Victoria, hook on and away.
No other Industry would accept the current situation. The Car Industry after many years were in part the reason the Fuels of Australia being changed to West Coast Blend or Euro 3 as it became obvious to alter the fuel side of the engine to accept Australian Fuel then twig it for South America was stupid. Change the fuel to a standard then all cars run where ever.
Think about a Jet Airliner, it can fuel anywhere in the world? Why because AVTUR for jet engines is made to a World Standard, the American Petroleum Institute standard, that says it all. There is no Victorian Plane fuel with a special tank in Sydney for them if they fly north.
When you put these two examples in print it becomes absurd that The Railways of Australia accept the current situation and from the outside appear to be not Politically Lobbying to get some common sense in the system.
You would hope that other than Level Crossing Upgrades which are relaid dual gauge all new Concrete Sleepers would be gauge convertible. We are not talking about the Sandringham Suburban Branch but Country Lines only.
Particularly on the Western and Albury lines we are conscious of building overhead structures suitable for double stacking of containers so why not equally plan for gauge conversion by placing all new sleepers on the broad gauge gauge convertible.
The Road Industry is always on about and I think have uniform weights and dimensions Australia wide. I wonder why?
It is only the Rail Industry that seems to be happy with what was created in 1854. If I was a Trucking Organization I would be more than happy with an Opposition locked in at 1854 and planning to change when it becomes obvious change is needed.