....You don't read things properly, they're still waiting for the GSR team to extort the same amount of money out of Dan Andrews; it's not a fait accompli. I'm hoping that the Victorian government sees through this ridiculous folly and says 'no'.
Note: I didn't have to wait 4 months for the announcement...barely 4 days....
And incidentally do you know what you're actually barracking for here? A crusty old tourist train that won't have economy class OR concession fares any longer so it will be at least whopping $150 each way. $150 to sit on a dilapidated old train for eleven and a half hours eating microwave pies - four hours more than driving.
Who on earth is going to want to use that service?
Do you really think this is a good use of taxpayer money keeping this thing going until it consists of three or less carriages twice a week? And does anyone here really think that the people of Horsham are crying out for a train that comes twice a week that they have to pay over a hundred bucks to travel in either direction on? From January it will be a really, really expensive sitting-up train service - well out of the reach of ordinary travellers.
And yet people like you insist that the preservation of this train is somehow a good thing.
Again, people, such as yourself who don't see an opportunity for growth of a service, but to cut it down because it's not paying in their bean-counter minds, and the rolling stock is old.
Agreed, the train should operate daily...and no doubt that will come into the consideration of the GSR talks with the Victorian government.
Concessions are withdrawn you say...from a federal government that has a little more than a year to run before it too, in all likelihood will be axed.
Before you pass judgement on the catering on the train, I travelled on The Overland last Saturday to Ararat and purchased food from the cafeteria car...may I ask when you last travelled on it
May I also suggest you take off your blinkers, swallow your bile, and accept your defeat graciously...and we can continue this discussion some time in 2018.