If the Pinnaroo line that was standard gauged had been bought up to proper mainline standard then on the Victorian side the line was converted to SG and upgraded to mainline standards as well then this would have been a better bypass track than through Mt Gambier....
You have entirely misunderstood my posting. I didn't write about diverting anything except in an emergency. There were once three possible broad gauge routes from Melbourne to Adelaide – via Pinnaroo, Bordertown and Mount Gambier. I have travelled by all three.
The 'Overland' on which I was a passenger was diverted via Mount Gambier because of a derailment to the West of Ararat on one and probably the only occasion. Now if anything happens on the Bordertown line, there can only be a total shutdown until the problem is solved.
What I am concerned about has nothing to do with diversion, but everything about connecting heavy industry in the South East directly to its markets via the standard gauge network
, now almost certainly an impossible dream. In other words, I hope that the Commonwealth will one day complete its half-baked standardisation and repair some of the tremendous damage that it has done to the rights and amenities of the citizens of Victoria and South Australia.
So that you will understand, that means the complete standardisation of all broad gauge lines to the West of Melbourne
, and in particular the Mount Gambier and Ouyen-Pinnaroo-Tailem Bend lines. Then the 'Overland' could once again resume its original route, or run via Geelong North Shore and Ballarat, and leave the Pleurisy Plains to the freight trains.