It's been pointed out before, what freight trains are going to want to run between Marong and Dunolly ?Another thing that I noticed while in the car from Inglewood to Marong was the giant hay business just off the highway. Similar to the setup in Goornong with overhead gantry cranes to load containers on and off of trucks, a train load of containers on the ground being loaded and thousands of bales stored in the sheds ready to go.
Rail's never going to compete with road on a route between Marong and Melbourne, If rail Is forced to take a very roundabout journey via Gheringhap, the road journey Is just about as straight as the crow flies !
This product is exported to China, Japan and other countries and it ideal rail traffic as it is not time sensitive. Similar product is railed to port in SA and it has been mentioned in dispatches that Qube have been looking at doing the same for the Goornong business.
This one would be right on the rail line if it were to be re-instated. And I bet they aren't the only 2 buisness' doing feed hay in this part of Vic.