Murray Basin standardisation

 
  Z VAN Locomotive Driver

Great news to Me that the Government is going to Standardise the lines in the Murray Basin area.
I can see by the many previous posts there is room for improvement and maybe in the future there can be improvements.
I was Happily surprised to see the Murrayville line included and let us face it the outcome is far superior to what many of Us were thinking and hoping for.
From my far away view this is a fantastic outcome and far from what I thought the review may have come up with.
Let us get this section gauge converted then start lobbying for more lines to be gauge converted.
Faults and all this is a fantastic outcome for Rail.
PTE.

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  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: Gheringhap Loop Autonomous Zone
Sounds like absolute rubbish from Warren Truss right there. The Mildura line got federal AusLink funding from the Howard government roughly a decade ago, so the tracks not being ARTC leased/owned isn't the issue (not that the Feds fund the ARTC much these days anyhow).

Warren's just throwing his weight around for the usual reasons.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
$80m was spent on the line in a major upgrade. What did this upgrade really deliver ?

Trains were still derailing.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Vic says it will happen without Federal funding, so not sure its something to be overly worried about.
  woodford Chief Commissioner

$80m was spent on the line in a major upgrade. What did this upgrade really deliver ?

Trains were still derailing.
freightgate

I had a good talk with the crews doing the upgrade (Note 1), they said the line was in an EXTREMELY poor state, The money allocated being insufficient amount to bring the line up to a truely good state.

ie same old problem, insufficient maintence funds being allocated over time.

Note 1: The same team that did the Mildura line did the NE regauge, I talked to some of them after they returned to the NE project. It was a real interesting conversation, I may say.

woodford
  intown Station Master

Location: warrnambool
for what it's worth why not take the opportunity to extend the Mildura line to Broken Hill! This would allow traffic X Melbourne to Perth to avoid the Adelaide Hills maybe even double stack North of the divide an employment opportunity for Maryborough maybe? Southbound mineral and agricultural loading for the Port of Melbourne could be developed.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
for what it's worth why not take the opportunity to extend the Mildura line to Broken Hill! This would allow traffic X Melbourne to Perth to avoid the Adelaide Hills maybe even double stack North of the divide an employment opportunity for Maryborough maybe? Southbound mineral and agricultural loading for the Port of Melbourne could be developed.
intown
There is already such a project in concept phase, refer link below.  Im not sure it makes economic sense though.  But discussing this project is something for another thread.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-23/hope-for-progress-on-potential-mildura-menindee-freight-line/5407736
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas