A cross platform transfer at Baxter with an hourly railcar serving a line that does not have a much greater population than Lilydale-Healesville.
I would say that is plenty, electric overhead to Mornington DOES appear to make sense, though. A much bigger dense population to service there with through trains.
2016 census (just ask google)
Liliydale 16,000** + WHY ?? Healesville 6,000 + coldstream 2,000 + yarra glen 3,000 = 27,000
mornington 24,000 + mt eliza 18,000 = 42,000
tyabb 3,000 + somerville 11,000** + hastings 10,000 = 24,000
** and GROWING
All much of a muchness. They equally deserve some service, so why service any of them?
OH yeah that right, there already is
a working line to Stony Point.
Lilydale is already served 5-15 minute @ peak.
The others need a complete rebuild.
If I lived in Hastings I wouldn't bother with the existing crap (100 minute wait) service either.
Drive to Frankston or Lynbrook connection is a lot quicker than waiting.
Would a 30 minute train wait change my mind, sure!
We could play my town deserves more than your town all day long. Hundreds of rural towns in VIC that miss out.
By your reasoning, don't need Belgrave it's even smaller (4,000)
Re-opening long lost lines worked fine for Mernda**, but I don't hear much noise about Mornington in the last 37 years.