I originally wanted to bump that thread but it wouldn't let me as everytime I tried to respond, I got the 'No post mode specified :: The phantom post mode was:' error, so if this new thread needs moving/combing, may a moderator or administrator please do so.
Anyway, here is a visual representation of the issue that is Newcastle and public transport:
VIEW MAP COMPARISON IMAGE
I hope this sparks curiosity and discussion.
To start with, how practical would it be to rebuild these lost lines and add some much needed intermediate stations?
NOTE: I will upload images directly to the post when I find out what a suitable image hosting website is