Once the cancer sets in it just keeps going. Traffic at Tonganha please and when did this traffic cease?
I think it was finished pine products, but the major user was clay to APPM in Burnie. Sometime around 1994-95? All the freight to the NE line collapsed in a very short space of time. Logs, phosphate, timber and clay. Probably the loss (business closed) of some making the remainder less viable, however today most of the former rail traffic is simply gone, period.
Realistically the whole NE line will be lifted as it has no future. Even Tasrail P/L who lowered the track bed through the tunnel said it was a waste of money project they should have never undertaken as they were never able to tap into the container traffic significantly and now most of the former traffic is simply gone.