The alliance will operate a 1930s diesel rail motor on the disused standard-gauge line from Maryborough to Geelong, via Ararat – the first trek on the line since it fell into disuse not long after it was completed in the 1990s.
The alliance’s president, retired mining engineer Noel Laidlaw, of Carisbrook, near Maryborough, yesterday said the most practical way of providing a freight route from Mildura to Geelong or Portland was to upgrade and standardise the line from Mildura as far as Dunolly. From Dunolly, there is a dual broad gauge/standard gauge connection to Maryborough, which connects to the standard-gauge line between Maryborough and Ararat that the Kennett Government constructed in the 1990s.
this guy is getting more press than napthine. the labour guy andrews should either hire him, give him some money. either way he is really sticking up for central victoria.