The ability to efficiently utilise the much larger pool and its nationwide availability of both locomotives and rolling stock is but one 'improvement inherent in SG'.
welcome aboard YM.
so, no more money for Qld or WA then ?
'... The "improvements" on MBRP so far have been backwards. ...'
Really NSW, before you mouth off about the Irish Gauge, how about some real SG benefits to the Vic network.
The "improvements" on MBRP so far have been backwards.
They did not need to be - to ensure that the improvements inherent in SG went backwards required a high level of idiocy and incompetence.
It wasn't "a high level of idiocy" it was monumental stuff up of epic proportion. Ben Hur was a doddle compared.
Yet....... what are the "improvements inherent" of SG ?
Can we utilise the Steamrail fleet to prop up the BG? Anybody got a thousand GYs hidden away?
How would the BG fleet of both locos and wagons cope had Mildura not been converted to SG and benefitted from the imported 81 class and the SSR coal wagon conversions from NSW for example?
How would grain from Victoria be moved to NSW had it not been loaded on SG?
Pretty much everything that I can think of would benefit from SG but to realise a proportion of those benefits the standardisation has to have been done properly which, as we know, it was not.
To follow the latest ridiculous Victorian attitude to SG one must wonder why Melbourne - Albury was standardised in 1962 and Melbourne to Adelaide in 1995?
Thanks for that YM. A knowledgeable account of your position.
A few counter points of my own.
The SG conversion of MEL/ADL and MEL/SYD finally delivered a national network, which has proved very effective.
However, the Murray Basin is not really part of the National transport.
It is local traffic from food produce hubs (Wimmera, Mildura, Sealake, Manang, Swan Hiil etc) to the 3 Victoria ports.
Portland is stuck as SG due to its only access out via the National trunk. It could have remained BG via Ararat/Ballarat, but was converted and that's that. Spilled milk, too bad. Rainbow & Hopeton were also isolated and no other option than go with SG.
Grain did move to NSW last year as a one-off. But it didn't come from the new SG upgrade of Mildura. It came mostly from Dimboola and thereabouts - ie the existing National network established in 1995.
Which brings me to MBRP. With a couple of exception grain trains from Speed, the destination of Mildura/Sealake/Manang lines is Geelong or Melbourne. SG makes no difference for those journeys.
And finally to rolling stock. That is really the only case for SG.
For year round work horse wagons, typically flats these days, Victoria does need a relatively small BG fleet.
For the peak grain season, bogey swaps on large hoppers is not a big deal.
It does bring a cost of have many hundred sets of BG bogies sitting idle during the off season, but better than a whole fleet of idle wagons.
As for locos, the whole Vic fleet is due for a replacement. BG or SG, it's all the same to the manufacturers.
Full replace won't happen of course, but a few new locos would give the old timers some rest & recover.
Steamraill may have been a jest, but are in beter nic.