No quoting of the whole post
What about these two ideas?
1. Did what they did with the The Ghan, a number of years ago, starting a Ghan consist as "The Alice" from Sydney, but this time from/to Melbourne, OR
2. Add the Overland carriages to The Ghan consist, & run the Overland carriages between Melbourne & Adelaide.
Both with the same Overland stops as now.
But if people and passengers are so concerned, you do have "public servants" (that are MEANT to serve) you can contact. The more letters these mps get, the MORE they may listen.
It was more suitable as an overnight train, as you need to leave your accommodation very early to get to Keswick for it to be day train.
Being a day train now, it doesn't connect with either The Ghan OR the Indian Pacific.
(okay okay - NOT PC Brigade, Parkland(s) - What's "park lands" about that station?)
Were more people travelling on it as an overnight train?
OR maybe a third option: What about say a V/Locity taking over?
By the way, is the official name the The Overland, or just the Overland, without the "The"?
(Slightly off, okay way off topic: Wans't The OverlandER in NZ also in danger of being extinct at one stage?)
1. The "Alice" was a service run by AN (Australian National) many years ago. At the time AN Passenger operations were based at Port Pirie. (The Alice never came to Adelaide) This was also before the line to Darwin was built.
The service was deemed by AN as a failure as it did not get good patronage, and subsequently terminated.
2. Around the same time AN experimented with extending one of the two weekly Ghan services (Adl - Alice Springs) to Melbourne. It was also deemed a failure by AN because it failed to get good patronage and the experiment was terminated.
Letter writing ...... well the SA gov has promised funding, this would not have happened if no one had been 'bugging' their MPs
Overnight v daytime ............. Once again AN experimented with a Daylight service in addition to the then existing overnight service in a bid to capture more patronage, and the daylight service seemed the most viable so the overnight service was dropped.
As to connections in Adelaide best consult (a) ARTC and see if there are better paths available and then (b) whoever owns Southern Cross about access to the SG platforms are more suitable times to suit better pathing.
V/Locity ............ Speak to the Victorian Gov (the ones not wishing to fund the existing service) about taking over the route.
Then they can spend a heap more dollars to have a few SG V/Locity's built
I'm sure GSR would gladly hand over the rights to operate the service (they never wanted it to start with!)
Adelaide Parklands Terminal is located at Keswick on the edge of the West Parklands
of the city of Adelaide
Name ............ As per GSR's website their trains are named as follows:-Indian Pacific
.... The Ghan
... and The Overland
(As to across the ditch ....... I seem to remember that the Overlander was cancelled at one stage by the company that owned the NZ railways, only to be re-instated when the NZ Gov bought back the railways from the private operator)