your not getting 100km/h on that alignment RTT. The XPT never travelled that fast along that corridor.Might be worth going back to read what I said.
If you put a dirt road on a freeway alignment you will never get freeway speeds.
- Curve ease
- proper ballast
- proper track
Amazing what might happen
I agree that any new line will take a completely different route but the local pro rail people are looking at it to connect local villages and to relieve the parking issues in byron from Mullumbimby, Murwillumbah and Lismore rather then being an all singing all dancing high speed line connection to the gold coast that we think about on here.
My issue with the pro rail people is that they think it can be done for almost no money because of what the solar train company achieved. They refuse to acknowledge how bad the rest of the line is along most of the alignment where it has just been grown over or through and think the can just cut this down and all will be fine. They are even talking about running hi-rail vehicles as passenger services.
They think it will only cost the same amount per kilometre as the solar train line but refuse to recognise that was the best quality track left on the alignment and didn't require any major work except to a few sleepers and a bridge. They also have no idea of what rolling stock they could run and just keep pointing to the 620 class and don't seem to realise they are going to need more then 1 train if they want to run the services they are talking about which will require more track to be laid as well.
Yes, it will take up to $1B to get a viable RPT service running from Casino to Coolingatta, but the rate of return is so low that I'm sure the NSW govt has better things to do.
As I've said before, the line should have remained open to Lismore.
Beyond that it gets down to who is willing to cough up the most doh! If a heritage society wants a section of the line, they need to cough the money and after 16 years, they haven't (I would have loved to see someone have a go) and unlikely to do so. A gang's car self drive operation I'm sure would be maybe viable. Steamer or other HR, very much unlikely.
So this just leaves us with rail trial as the most likely outcome, however you can still have a 1.5km section between two LX of mostly double track around the Mull'bah yard for gangers bikes.