Tasrail network insurance (precludes the operation of passenger services) Would this be a breach of the "Open Access" agreement signed by governments past. TTMS organisational inability to run at the scale deemed necessary to be viable, according to the latest feasibility study. Should this be used as the reason not to allow heritage rail operations on track which now effectively is terminated at Bridgewater?The functionality of the new train control system. What do rail contractors run with? Tasrail would be obliged to have a fall back system in case of system failure.
Must have knuckle couplers. New South Wales and Queensland operate with hook and link rolling stock on network lines.
Must have air brakes. The UK operate vacuum and air brake trains on rail networks.
In a past agreement in exchange for looking after the track between the flood gates at Inveresk and Henry Street Road crossing in which the DRR replaced rail and renewed sleepers DRR were granted permission to operate a gang motor from Inveresk to Henry Street Road crossing without the need to contact train control. The Black Bridge is now used as an excuse to prevent access because an inspection certificate has not been issued, yet pedestrian access is still allowed. Go figure 20 or so pedestrians and or bike riders would be heavier than a gang motor with passengers. Just because they are pedestrians or bike riders does not reduce the so called risk.
I highly doubt any open access agreement requires the track owner to carry suitable insurance to run passenger trains. If so the track owner would also be required to maintain the track to Pax standard as well. Both would place an unfair cost on rail freight operators on that route as the pax services would unlikely ever pay enough to carry the extra costs.
issue facing heritage pax rail operators
- Reducing suitable infrastructure
- Reducing suitable routes
- Reducing previously industry trained members
- Reduced skill sets for working on and operating old technology
- Reducing industry support due to privatisation and modernisation/technology of commercial operations
- Reducing hand me down options from govt/private freight and pax operators
- What I believe is reducing interest in long duration heritage travel
- Reducing/limited public interest?
- Increasing govt regulation
- increasing govt costs
- Increasing govt regulation to reduce some of the previous options in the past such as photo stops in ideal locations.
- Aging equipment
The challenges are huge. Are our heritage rail operators up to the task of sustained regular mainline operations and is there sufficient public interest to do so?