Reopening Wendoree to Scarsdale Line

 
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I think a worthy project for the regional area of Ballarat would be the re-opening of the line from Wendoree to Scaresdale and later to Linton.  There is much housing building out that way and the area was busy as I went through twice on the weekend.  Thoughts?

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  Lockspike Chief Commissioner

I think a worthy project for the regional area of Ballarat would be the re-opening of the line from Wendoree to Scaresdale and later to Linton.  There is much housing building out that way and the area was busy as I went through twice on the weekend.  Thoughts?
bevans
One of the arguments put forward by rail trailers is that they are saving the corridor and that the rail trail can be returned to rail traffic if needed.

It would be an interesting test, if nothing else.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
I think a worthy project for the regional area of Ballarat would be the re-opening of the line from Wendoree to Scaresdale and later to Linton.  There is much housing building out that way and the area was busy as I went through twice on the weekend.  Thoughts?
One of the arguments put forward by rail trailers is that they are saving the corridor and that the rail trail can be returned to rail traffic if needed.

It would be an interesting test, if nothing else.
Lockspike
The Smythesdale Recreation Reserve (footy oval) got In first.

Residential development Is rapidly growing In that area, with road travel times likely to blow out.

Any rebuilt railway would be free of level crossings and would have a shared pathway built along side, a big $$ project but may be needed In the future.
  kuldalai Chief Commissioner

Could the starter of this thread please edit his/her original post in the spelling of Wendouree is Wendouree NOT Wendoree as in the title of this thread. .
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Any rebuilt railway would be free of level crossings and would have a shared pathway built along side, a big $$ project but may be needed In the future.
Nightfire
A solution already proven in SA, between Seaford Meadows and Seaford where the new build railway uses part of the former Willunga Line corridor alongside the quite successful (far more so than the Willunga Line which didn't even succeed as a vote buying exercise) Coast to Vines Bikeway.

Having the path alongside is good for the railway, as maintenance crews get easy access routes and it can serve as a handy collector for the stations.

But even more preferable in the location mentioned in this thread would be working to limit the urban sprawl and make Ballarat taller rather than fatter.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
There is much to do around Ballarat and outlining areas with more moving to the country. Newtown would be the rebuild for me.

Before I looked at this project I would complete return passenger to Geelong from Ballarat.
  whoistheg Station Master

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
I would say Hadden yes.. Scarsdale probably not. I ride the rail trail almost weekly and there is not a lot of density housing past Hadden.

If they kept the spur out to Lucas where all the new estates are that would save so much traffic.

BTW I would hate to think of the cost to implement 40KM out to Linton. How much would a new bridge cost ?
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat Line
I would say Hadden yes.. Scarsdale probably not. I ride the rail trail almost weekly and there is not a lot of density housing past Hadden.

If they kept the spur out to Lucas where all the new estates are that would save so much traffic.

BTW I would hate to think of the cost to implement 40KM out to Linton. How much would a new bridge cost ?
"whoistheg"



If you ride it weekly, you should probably have realised it's Haddon, not Hadden.

Mike.
  whoistheg Station Master

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Ha,

Yes I should of.. but there is no stations left for me to look at the spelling and there is not a lot
of signs on the track to say where you are Smile

I'll type it out 10 times now

Haddon
Haddon
Haddon
Haddon
Haddon
Haddon
Haddon
Haddon
Haddon
Haddon

BTW: I have to say the sections between Scarsdale to Newtown (out the back of the cemetery through the pine trees) and over  Nimmons bridge (would that have to be rebuilt) and through the forrest to Linton is pretty spectacular. Even through the forrest from Linton to Skipton is amazing.. I would of loved to go through it on a train Sad but alas well and truely closed before my time.

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