Now woodfods just flying a kite here.............................
Some thoughts from woodford, A couple of points first.........
We are talking about a Bendigo LOCAL train service ie to allow transport from outer Bendigo suburban area to main shopping centre clustered to the north of Bendigo station. There is not to much parking in this area I may say. One can usual get a parking space to the south east of the railway line (I head for Willaimson st one can always get a parking space there)), but thats quite a few hundreds of metres away from anything.
You cannot take Epson as any kind of guide for Â
a LOCAL service.
Quite how Bridgewater got into the cconversation I do not know, I would in no way, place or time call this a part of Bendigo, this brings us to............
As we are talking about a local train system I shall call Bendigo station as the hub, All of the main shopping area though is to the north and east of the station.
Bendigo is basicly in 4 sections, with the station as the centre.Â
There is the SE section, bounded by Quarry Hill, Flora Hill and Strathdale and East Bendigo. The majority of houses here wold be within 2000 metre radius of the station. As there is no rail line here and the distance to Bendigo's centre is short, this area does not come into the equation.
Then we have the SW section, The suburban area here extends to past Kangroo Flat, some thing like 6.5 kilometres from the main station.
Next theres the NW Bendigo, the area extends nearly a kilmotre past Eaglehawk, to aprox 7 kilometres from the main station.
Lastly theres the NE, Theres large numbers of houses right out to Huntly, and Huntly is DEFINITELY expecting a station. THis would be 12 kilometres from Bendigo station.
Now none of these areas are very wide few houses in any of these areas would be more than 1000 metres from a railway line.
A way to service these areas at not to much cost would be say a half hour service to Melbourne, split the train into to two, one section starting from Huntly, the other from Eaglehawk, these would combine at Bendigo to form a single service to Melbourne.
This would provide a half hour service that would be accessable by at least 30 percent of Bendigo.
If one is truly enthusiastic I am told by the tram people in Bendigo the tram line that runs near the station is still under there buried by the hot mix one could dig this up and have a tram servce down to the main street.