Twenty (20) years...plus a few months since the demise of the Vinelander

 
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
With the passing of two decades and a few days, the local Mildura campaign to get a passenger train up and running again after 20 years since the demise of the Vinelander continues as strongly as ever...



  • Over 500 letters and submissions, all advocating return of pax rail.






  • Front page stories in the Sunraysia Daily, and below the many letters written in the local Sunraysia daily...all in the last year





[color=#333333][size=3][font=Times New Roman]http://www.sunraysiadaily.com.au/story/396267/call-to-get-aboard-working-group-needed-to-return-passenger-train/[/font][/size][/color]


[color=#333333][size=3][font=Times New Roman]http://www.sunraysiadaily.com.au/story/1362543/on-the-rails-mildura-needs-passenger-train-to-become-a-modern-city/[/font][/size][/color]


[color=#333333][size=3][font=Times New Roman]http://www.sunraysiadaily.com.au/story/1214512/wheels-in-motion-passenger-train-campaign-on-track-says-lobbyist/[/font][/size][/color]


[color=#333333][size=3][font=Times New Roman]http://www.sunraysiadaily.com.au/story/419496/eighteen-years-on-train-still-in-its-shed/[/font][/size][/color]


[color=#333333][size=3][font=Times New Roman]http://www.sunraysiadaily.com.au/story/413638/group-still-lobbying-for-passenger-train/[/font][/size][/color]


[color=#333333][size=3][font=Times New Roman]http://www.sunraysiadaily.com.au/story/422085/mildura-developing-except-for-hospital/[/font][/size][/color]


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[size=3][font=Times New Roman]http://www.sunraysiadaily.com.au/story/1578827/passenger-train-means-equality/?cs=1259[/font][/size]


http://www.sunraysiadaily.com.au/story/1693543/lets-renew-push-for-passenger-train-return/



and Wiki:


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Horsham for example has no daily passenger train and there appears to be no local will to introduce a SG VLocity to co-ordinate at Ararat with BG, and Hugh Delahunty, local MP at Horsham is way too comfortable in his seat to be bothered rocking the boat.


Meanwhile in Mildura, despite being served by three airlines every day at often outrageous fares, the community and local government support for the reintroduction of a passenger rail service continues strongly. A whole generation has been born who have never seen a daily passenger train to Mildura.


Economists, bean counters and nay-sayers et-al; feel free to comment...

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  VBAndy Chief Commissioner

If I ever need to go to Mildura; I'll fly...

Those figures you boast are actually horrible and good reason to not reintroduce a costly and most certainly little used and lengthy train.
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
Mike, just out of interest, prior to the Sunlight commencing in 1957, what passenger trains ran to Mildura?
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
How about fixing up the system first?
  Barrington Womble Photo Nazi

Location: Banned
If I ever need to go to Mildura; I'll fly...
VBAndy
I'd rather drive my own car. I like to get about when I'm up there. Unless a Motorail service is introduced with whatever service they're proposing, I probably won't use it. Good luck to the locals up there who do want their train back though.
  Highrise Assistant Commissioner

"Over 500 letters and submissions"

So, over 500 people have submitted some sort of a demand to bring this train back? What's the population of Mildura? I not a politician, but I'm fairly certain 500 submissions is a laughable effort, unless those 500 people were to catch the train every day of the week...