Hi everyone, just a quick update on a few things that Southern Rail have been doing of late. Firstly, once again thank you for such a great response to our last post about the railway infrastructure survey we conducted. With over 170 shares on the post, it's really pleasing that our project has been shared by the community in large numbers. We know that the community are in desperate need of a passenger train, as the other forms of public transport in South Gippsland are not able to cope with the growing population or suite the communities needs. It is really disappointing that the council can not see the high demand by the community for the railways return. Southern Rail will construct and operate a reliable rail passenger service for the South Gippsland region, that will integrate with existing and future bus services giving the whole community the transport system they deserve.
So what's been happening since the infrastructure survey?
We have compiled a detailed track and infrastructure report, which will be used in forming a more detailed and accurate plan for the project. We have been in discussions with various government and corporate bodies which will help get the project off the ground and ensure we are successful in producing and maintaining such a vital service for many years to come.
With the state election just around the corner once again there is major investment in rail all over Victoria, but sadly not for South Gippsland. Southern Rail are constantly working very hard to change that outcome and to ensure that we return rail to the community of South Gippsland.
Finally the name change. We feel the name; Southern Rail Group, better summarises what our group wishes to achieve. Southern Rail will return the railway for public transport, tourism and logistics.
Please keep sharing our project with a strong community voice we can make it happen. In the meantime enjoy a photo taken from the railway just west of a foggy Korumburra morning.
Again - sounds promising, but we could be forgiven for remaining sceptical.
Question: is there any other "preservation" group in Australia that currently operates something more than a tourist-oriented service, or that has future plans to? I am not too familiar with the preservation scene so sorry if that's a dumb question.
I can see a big upside and a big downside. The downside is fairly obvious - preservation is hard and getting too ambitious too early may lead to disappointment down the track. On the other hand, having the stated goal of reopening the railway for commuters and, as is hinted at, freight, may be an underutilised mechanism of garnering community and corporate sponsorship.
Of course, as those familiar with the VGR will no doubt vouch for, the big hurdle to any such proposal would be the reluctance of the authorities to allow a "preservation" service to interface with the mainline in any way.
Food for thought.