Been thinking about this hay joint, could be thinking too much........but why Ultima, it's not quite the end of the earth, but sort of in the region.
Ultima is 30 - 35k south west of Swine Hill, in what you might say is heading into marginal country, be quite productive in a good season but unforgiving in an average one. If you look at the target area for Pentarch's produce, it cover's quite a bit of the country from Ultima to must be nearly Oaklands and has a partnership with a company in Toc. So it was not unrealistic, they could have set up their processing plant over there.
However it would seem to me they have specifically targeted the Ultima site because it was going to be a Standard Gauge line. So I would say the Pentarch would be quite within their rights too say to the Govt, what the F.. is going on here, we spent $$$million to set up a plant to run on standard gauge rails, you helped us secure some of the money, so where is our standard gauge train, not a good look for the Govt.
So reckon the pressure will be on big time to get the conversion happening sooner rather than later, not to mention other traffic that is now taking advantage of the new service.
I also wonder while sniffing out an operator and Qube was on the lead, whether Qube had already been on the scent of other available traffic, it would almost seem, so.
Interesting times ahead and well done to Pentarch and Ultima.