This a great initiative by the people of Maryborough encouraging the use of existing services and better utilisation of current services.
With regard to the additional services sought there is a gap when you consider someone from Ballarat or Melbourne wanting to spend the day in Maryborough. The group also highlight the need for another return service to benefit Maryborough residents.
There is scope for expansion and improvement for these services.
No mention of Dunnolly services in the article.
Maryborough Rail Alliance seeks more core train services, community support
The reality is that beyond Ballarat to Maryborough the patronage is the poorest of any country service, most trips less than a coach load.
In reality the serious shortfalls are firstly that an additional trip pair needs to be run on weekends with the 0916 Dn Wendouree split at Ballarat with half to Maryborough, and the 1813 Up Wendouree half originate Maryborough at 1710.
This would then allow day return trips to Maryborough on Saturdays & Sundays and Weekend return trips to Maryborough travelling down Friday afternoons and back on Sunday afternoons.
Next if they were VERY lucky they just might get a third return trip on Weekdays being a midday Up & Down like Noonish up and 1316 Down as extensions of Ballarat .
Tends to be a bit of an emotional argument as Maryborough has a host already of other trip choices to/from Melbourne via both Castlemaine and Ballarat as train/coach services.
Both places of similar size in Ararat and Maryborough, and Ararat people support their passenger rail services in much greater numbers .