The seat is currently held by an independent who has made a lot of noise and garnered a lot of attention. So we get Libs, Nats, Greens and Labor people come up, make announcements, and very quickly get themselves on Win TV or in the Shep News. So lots of action from Spring Street.
Early morning service doesn't have a lot of traffic at Shepparton, but becomes a commuter service at Seymour.
Latest budget has a lot of money promised from Spring street, extra services, passing loop and a new stabling location. However, second UP and last DOWN may remain loco hauled trains with buffet for people with bus connections to/from Griffith, Kyabram, Barmah, etc. Currently, these two services are full.
Earlier in this thread it was noted that the real issue is to get travellers off road and using trains. 2 hours 15 services are marginally faster than cars from Melb CBD to Shepparton.
Bus connections Shepparton to Seymour are frequently full, as is Seymour car park.
I note all crossings beyond Shepparton are dual gauge.
The most recent 1-in-5 replacement was done with wooden sleepers, not concrete.
Jury is out; still think they are going to sg this line after the other lines (VLine Murray Basin plan) are completed.