Yeah...throw a few bombs this way if it makes you feel better...Maybe if you, and other rail so-called “enthusiasts”, had used the Overland then it wouldn't be in such a frail state that COVID-19 could kill it.
I still don't believe we have had any confirmation from The Vinelander on any of the various Overland threads that he has ever used the train when he had to pay for a ticket. With friends like him, the rail industry doesn't need enemies.
The only people on this board who occasionally used it as transport (from my recollection) are Big Shunter and a couple of other people as a tourist jaunt. Nobody here was using it regularly - and Mike "Vinelander" gets the gold medal for "I want it there even though I never use it".
It doesn't make me feel better - I think justapassenger makes a fair observation. You have certainly been one of the Overland's main proponents over the years but you don't actually use it except maybe every few years - isn't that right?
There's no shame in admitting that you don't use it - there's only a few people here who have and only one poster I know of who confesses to using it semi-regularly (Big Shunter). I'm not a user, like Aaron I've probably flown the route a few dozen times and the same with taking the bus (I only drive if I really have to, it's a bit too tiring and long) but I stopped using the train as an option several years ago - it's just not a desirable option from my point of view as you already know.
Do we get to find out about the mystery deal/package to upgrade the service soon - ? There's always a possibility that COVID 19 will finish off the last few services unceremoniously anyway... if Chairman Dan wants to announce something he'd better do it soon.