I have no idea of how many hours were wasted when I was still working, of trains day and night being delayed because of this problem and even though the Coal Traffic seems to have been markedly reduced to what it was 20 years ago.
The area according to the story is around Rydal because it has the only section that is suitable.
From the old UP Distant to near the current Down activation point for the Level crossing is straight as an arrow and with a shallow bend, it runs straight again for a near a kilometre.
The old working Timetable didnt favour stopping at Rydal in the UP direction due to the rising grade but that was in the Steam Days.
I am no engineer but to my eye, the present Main Line sits almost on the route of the old Down Main and there appears to be more than enough room on the UP side without many if any earthworks required to relay a track to form this proposed loop.
The only other problem that has to be addressed is the location of the current Level crossing and where this 'Loop' would be placed in relation to it.
Of course this is all 'proposals' and 'in the next 5 years' so who wants to put a dollar on which way it may go, I know I dont !!!
I often wonder where Mr David Hill (NOT the ABC's David Hill) who was the Civil Engineer at Bathurst and became the 'Area Manager', that instigated the design closing and removing of one Track from Tarana to Wallerawang West is today?
I heard later it cost $27 Million Dollars to complete and now they need spend a few million more putting in this 'Loop' !!!!