Push to put trains back on Casino-Mur'bah rail line

 
Topic moved from News by bevans on 15 Oct 2017 15:02
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Just when the rail trail guys wanted the track for their use the train guys are now putting up the fight which to my mind is good as the train will deliver more than a rail trail would.  Rail trails only work when the line goes somewhere interesting or tourist wise.  Bright is a great example.  South Gippsland a waste of taxpayers money.

Push to put trains back on Casino-Mur'bah rail line

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  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Just when the rail trail guys wanted the track for their use the train guys are now putting up the fight which to my mind is good as the train will deliver more than a rail trail would.  Rail trails only work when the line goes somewhere interesting or tourist wise.  Bright is a great example.  South Gippsland a waste of taxpayers money.

Push to put trains back on Casino-Mur'bah rail line
bevans
You don't understand rail trails and choose not to understand them !

The Great Southern Rail Trail Is a great community asset, that gets people out doors and active, small towns along the trail are cashing In on the trail trade with cafe's opening.
A parkrun event Is soon going to be launched at Koonwarra using the newly opened section of trail.

There Is a strong push to extend the trail to Korumburra.

Some people have just got to accept that the Government has zero Interest In reopening some railways, and It was just all a big political point scoring game to who's Government was going to bite the bullet and put an uneconomical railway to death (once one side of Government did this, the other side were happy that they didn't have to were It)    

In the event that economical conditions change and there Is a desire for Government to re-establish a railway, any old railway that has been let go to nature would have to be fully demolished and rebuilt from the base up (like Ararat - Marybouough) wouldn't matter If the formation had been used as a rail trail (would of saved them the costs of dismantling and vegetation clearing) a new cycling walking trail would need to be first built next to the proposed re-established railway alignment (railway built to the optimal alignment within the railway reserve or even outside)
  Clyde Goodwin2 Chief Train Controller

Apart from the 3KM of track at Byron Yuppieville Bay the line will Never ever again see anything more than the Bastardised 620/720 class set running on it anywhere so why not give it over to Rail Trail usage.
  Junction box Chief Commissioner

Location: newy
Unless the sums add up with new bridges, tamping sleepers, culverts, safeworking and stations we won't see sh1t .
The only way is to milk Byron tourism and get some long trains up there for the young working class in an 80's retro boom.
  simstrain Chief Commissioner

Unless the sums add up with new bridges, tamping sleepers, culverts, safeworking and stations we won't see sh1t .
The only way is to milk Byron tourism and get some long trains up there for the young working class in an 80's retro boom.
Junction box

How are you going to get long trains there when there are several breaks in the track where bridges used to be?
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Just when the rail trail guys wanted the track for their use the train guys are now putting up the fight which to my mind is good as the train will deliver more than a rail trail would.  Rail trails only work when the line goes somewhere interesting or tourist wise.  Bright is a great example.  South Gippsland a waste of taxpayers money.

Push to put trains back on Casino-Mur'bah rail line
bevans
Many, not all rail trials have proven to be cash flow positive and more attractive than the former railway operation ever was and many Heritage railways ever achieve.

In most cases, former railways are never reopened for all the reasons it closed in the first place and more and for a few lines probably dating back to why it should not have been built in the first place. Biggest issue with this historic branch lines is alignment, reopening to modern requirements for most lines in NSW, Tas and parts of Qld is you wouldn't reopen the old line anyway unless it was just for a short distance as the grade and curvature is often part of the reason it closed.

Like anything location location location will make or break a rail trail and the same applies to Heritage rail. As much as I'd love to see more old