There's one more bound for Pinnaroo leaving Dry Creek tonight (about 11pm). I'll be chasing it on its return journey tomorrow, a 700-700-CL would be a great way for operations to finish.
Did this service run?
Did this service run?Yes it did.
The GWA situation (from what I understand of it) goes possibly something like the following (which I dont profess to be a subject matter expert)...
1) The dirt that the rail track (rail, sleepers etc. i.e. all the componentry that makes a train track) sits on is owned by the state government and is on a long lease. Eventually, this will go back to the state in subsequent generations' lives.
2) The assets 'above the dirt' rail, sleepers, spikes, switches are owned by GWA.
You can talk about 3rd party access being legally enforceable, which I guess is theoretically possible - but when it isnt remotely economical to do so, then you have another situation on your hand and therefore not practical for any other rail company to do so either.
If GWA state they'll provide access to the line, which commercially you pay not only for the costs of maintaining it (as the only user of it - GWA are not obliged to offer equivalent rates likes ARTC for exmaple), but you then pay GWA also a margin for them being the RIM etc. its all framed to not work commercially for anyone to operate on such lines outside of GWA.
Unless, either the SA Govt or ARTC make it financially worthwhile for GWA to sell / relinquish the assets, the current state of play will likely remain.