The usual apologies but I frankly have no idea where the discussion I'm about to revive ought to continue.
I think Mr Guy has updated his Donald proposal to include some actual detail.
With gauge conversion currently in progress on the Mildura line, this will eventually see passengers change trains at Ballarat for their trip....Don't be fooled on the date; I struggle to believe this wouldn't have been picked up by the press had it been included the first time around. As it was I picked it up in a Bendigo Addy article about the new Bendigo Metro stations. Possibly the Libs got their act together after the MBRP plans were rearranged.
Anyway, mentioning the gauge issue, presenting a solution (the solid-gold Railpage solution, no less!), and providing a sensible level of service (even if it might be overkill) gives this proposal a whole lot more credibility in my book.
some clever politics, since the FPSP and Vlo/SG projects are underway (on paper)
IF MG wins (ha ha) he can say, "look what I have given you"
if MG loses, can say "I suggested it"
What confuses me about the whole idea of DG is why bother???
Isn't the Basin plan to be full SG from SeaLake and Manangatang to Geelong. ?
Wouldn't the effort to finish that be a priority, instead of the half pregnant Dunolly to Ballarat.
Then the Vlo/SG from Ballarat northwards becomes straight forward - maybe even Ballarat/Geelong back again.
EDIT: light bulb moment. Sealake/Manangatang - Geelong will remain BG freight forever. Nobody will ever admit it.