Is it time the government of Tasmania looked at a passenger service between Burnie and Hobart to connect with the ship ?There will NEVER EVER be a commercial public transport again between Hobart and Launceston / Devonport /Burnie UNLESS the main South Line is completely deviated between Brighton and Antill Ponds via Broadmarsh, Hunting Ground and Lower Marshes (following the Jordan River valley) which would raise average speeds to 80 - 100kph (freight) and 100 - 120kph (passenger). Without that massive deviation, the old route via Campania, Colebrook, Rhyndaston & Parattah (40 - 50kph) is simply to slow for a feahas numerous bsible commercial transport service even with the most modern tilting train technology (might squeeze out 70kph at the most). So until then, the only chance of riding between Hobart / Launceston / Burnie will only ever be by tourist & heritage passenger excursions.
The most logical place for a potential regular (of sorts) H&T rail service in Tassie is Deveonport to Wynyard, (obviously the Burnie to Wynyard part is no longer available, but lets ignore that for a moment)
The route has numerous benefits including
- The roughly 60km stretch has 5 significant towns all closely spaced, Devon, Ult, Penguin, Burnie and Wynyard making half day trips for lunch, AM or PM etc practical without spending all day on a train.
- Significant scenic coastal strip
- A number of tourist attractions to cater for different tastes
- Popular area with tourists
- Still has some suitable infrastructure including turning, stations, passing loops
- Station locations are central to town with walking distance to pub etc.
- Practical for one way trips / bus return to save time or continue on with maybe one member of the family driving the car
- Connects with TT-Line
- Access to existing T&H operator DRR.
- From memory only one steep bank rising from east of Ulverston to west of Devonport.
- Significant domestic population along the route who make make use of a regular service for a "day out"
- Route would also be highly suited to a Dinner train which would take massive advantage of Tasmania's long summer twilight evenings including a stop to watch the fairy penguins waddle up the beach right next to the railway in many locations.