I've never really understood why it is so hard or expensive to get access rights for a few km of track. Or why it takes squilions of dollars to get access to the main line. Has HVR ever had any major incidents? Are they likely to have an incident? Or is it just down to the same old problem of litigation killing all the fun stuff. Sorry for starting to rant, this sort of thing really gets me grumpy quickly.
On another note, does HVR get any assistance from the Shire of Murray? When you drive into Pinjarra, you go past a sign that says Welcome to the Shire of Murray, Steam Train Country and yet the steam trains are now isolated to track in an out of the way place. Perhaps the shire could help HVR negotiate access to that few km of track.
The whole Main Line thing is a BIG DEAL these days and there is plenty of explanation on earlier pages within this thread so please don't expect too much further response to queries and theorys on the subject of HVR returning to the main line.
The saying is never say never, and we don't - plus any disposals, aquisition oportunities or other material changes always have this strategicaly factored in. However, the likelihood of anything in the distant forseeable future is pretty much non-existant.
The local Shire are not un-suportive and indeed provide a number of concessions relating to the lands we use at Pinjarra and Rates at all our locations. Their support abilities are limited, LGA's have other obligations and expectations on them they must give priority to.
There are no unreasonable barriers to HVR obtaining Track Access, Brookfield Rail have always been very suportive, willing and easy to deal with. The issues are simply the commercial, compliance and insurance necessities and realities that exist in todays environment.