Theres plenty of room at Clark st where the old line used to run. Trucks would not have had to go down the main st at all. Quirindi does not want anymore trains and is already complaining about all the coal trains that go through there.
The point being that Clark st being used by trucks & then onto rail means having a loading/unloading facility built for rail & road at the railway yard, say West Tamworth, then a similar facility not far away for road, that eguates to a fair bit of double handling. Whether Clarke St is used or some other road, it is still extra & unnecessary extra road transport as well as the added cost of the two transport modes.
Certainly Quirindi may not want more trains, especially of the coal type, however the proposal for the transport of timber was put forward & agreed to several years ago. The problem with many in Quirindi is that they like the benefits of the railways, & the employees who used to live there, & patronise the town, but they also looked down on them as not being quite good enough to fit into the local scene.
Had the timber, gone onto rail at Tamworth, as well as the Fielders traffic stayed on rail they would have had extra trains anyway, not forgetting the fuel, & they did not like the price hike of petrol when the railways stopped the petrol wagons from being shunted off at Quirindi & the fuel went through to Tamworth & back by road as a consequence.