Maybe some government support or with their revenues can they hire an admin person to assist?
By the sounds of things as many have been speculating, the group has voted to wind up !Just before everyone starts asking questions about the line. The Leongatha bypass will still go ahead, crossing and all. It has been said the line will still be retained by Victrack.
If this Is the case, destruction of the line may be rather swift, with the Leongatha Truck Bypass underway, there were plans to re-new the worn-out rough as guts Roughead Street level crossing, but If train are not going to use It, well It would just be fully removed to save on construction costs !
Than there would be strong call for the rail trail to take over.
This is such an incredibly sad day not only for the Volunteers, the community and the railway line but also for Victorian Tourism. The real tragedy is not a single note about government support.Errr, yes there was:
...I am happy and relieved to report that a satisfactory audit of SGTR’s documents and accounts has been finalized and the final 10% of the funds ($11,500) has been received from Department of Regional Development Victoria...
So, they were allocated $115,000 before they shut shop.
The other tragic events are the vandalism, thefts, and bashings which took place whilst volunteers were trying to go about a constructive, peaceful and enjoyable pastime. Their endeavours should have caused no offence to any living soul in the area. At the very least, some passive support, i.e. non-interference, would have been nice.It's very troubling to read of this, particularly assaults on staff and repeated targeting for thefts. South Gippsland isn't exactly an employment hot-spot, I guess that's part of the explanation.
And it's official:Yes. It is very sad. I too did the Driver Experience with SGR in 2001 on the same engine.
Very sad. I did the Driver Experience with SGR in 2003 on T342 so I have very fond memories of the railway.
It's a shame that the community (hopefully, a small minority of them) had such contempt for the railway.You might be surprised at how many local people hold grudges against the tourist railways in their areas. However I've never heard of incidents as bad as in Korumburra last year - 2 separate assaults, both involving the converted residential parts of Korumburra Railway Station.
And to some people here talking about how a shame it is that SGR is going to close: railways run on sweat, not crocodile tears. Everyone has their own excuse for not putting their hand up - and yes, that includes myself as well.I'm one of the "people here talking", and I'd prefer not to be accused of crocodile tears. Try 75 years of age, living 125 km away ( a good three and a half hour round trip), with over 30 years experience as an active volunteer in rail preservation (caveat:-none was at SGR). I have a clear conscience.
Now that SGR has ceased operations, the question we now ask ourselves is what happens to the rollingstock?Isn't that a bit like squabbling over a dead relatives possessions before there's been time for proper mourning or a funeral?