Mernda Extension Question

  stooge spark Chief Train Controller

Location: My House
As it is the day before the Mernda Extension turns 1 year old, I thought it'd be the best time to verify a story I overheard on the day the extension opened.

Basically, the story goes is that when the line to Whittlesea was being closed, there was obviously a bit of anger about it, so either the head of the Victorian Railways or someone else, requested that the people who were kicking dust up about the closure meet him at his office on a Saturday.

When the angry mob goes to his office on the day that was suggested, the Head of the Railways requested that the mob would show their train tickets.

As it turns out, not a single person that was in that office had actually taken the train into the city, so the Railway Head uses this to justify why the line was being closed.

That's the basic premise of the story, some of the details are a little sketchy, but I just wanted to ask you guys if this story was actually true.

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  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
The same story went the rounds in Brisbane years ago - that time it was ( if I remember correctly) Gold Coast railway and Premier Joh.
  Adogs Chief Train Controller

I grew up near a small country town called Munro (between Stratford and Bairnsdale) whose station closed in the 1980s or maybe even the 1970s.

Apparently the local residents held a protest meeting, and the state government representative sent to the meeting noted also that there were a lot of cars parked out the front for such a small town, or so the story goes.

The Munro community has a interestingly large history of protest action though...
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Could the same be said now for any line which was closed by the liberal government in 1993 ?
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The Gradual closure of the South Gippsland Line which was not welcomed by business not the population involved on more than one occasion the blocking of the passenger service from departing as a statement of intent by the residents.
  Adogs Chief Train Controller

I don't remember people blocking the train from leaving Leongatha (although I'm not disputing whether it happened).

However, I definitely *do* remember the locals blocking the train from leaving Bairnsdale - I was there Smile

Many people commented that the crowd protesting at the railway station in Bairnsdale and holding the train there for however many days it stretched out to weren't your usual protester types...  Rather it was regular country folks who normally would have been Nationals voters.  Part of why so many went to Craig Ingram and ultimately toppled Kennett.

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