Just reading some of the letters; I think someone needs to get in their ear first:
Mildura Rural City Council should be lobbying for the return of the passenger train and in my view it is doing so, because in so many ways freight and passenger rail are one and the same.
By lobbying for one, you are lobbying for both, because (with the exception of rolling stock) both services share the same infrastructure. [Great if you want an 80 kmh service - and tell ARTC that freight and passenger is the same thing when it comes to pathing!]
We have been without a passenger service to our capital city for 20 years now. [Capital city?? Someone should have their Premier ask what all those buses and planes have been doing over the past 20 years].
We’re not asking for special treatment, [Just a few billion dollars...]
...by stating that the MRCC’s priorities are freight rail and road issues, when every one knows that the upgrading of the rail for freight is essential to the return of the passenger service. [As long as you're happy with 80 kmh and no platforms].
Claims that it will not be profitable hold no water as an excuse as every rail passenger service in Victoria is subsidised by the taxpayer, i.e. you and me. [There's a small difference of being subsidised by government and leaking like a sieve].
As the antiquated N-sets are being retired, adapted Vlocity DMUs that are speed-limited to 160kph would be the likely haulage type. [Well, yes. After you rebuilt the entire line].
Based on growth in similar regional rail services in Victoria and throughout the world, a Mildura train would enjoy the same growth. [The growth in RFR services is primarily driven by tree-changers who can commute daily from Castlemaine, Warragul, etc. to the city. Not entirely sure we'll have a 3 car V/Lo full of locals from Woomelang and Ouyen turn up at Southern Cross every morning for their office job].