Dolly Parton festival benefits from Inland Rail program

 

News article: Dolly Parton festival benefits from Inland Rail program

From new student laptops to events to break the cycle of isolation for farmers and bringing the magic of Dolly Parton to Narromine are some of the initiatives being supported by the Inland Rail.

  MetroFemme Assistant Commissioner

Fascinating approach to placing more positive spin on a much needed project by issuing community grants. Are people that concerned about a rail project certain to bring added benefits to all communities on route.

Dolly Parton festival benefits from Inland Rail program

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  SinickleBird Chief Train Controller

Location: Qantas Club at Mudgee International Airport
I would be more impressed if I could take a train to the Dolly Parton festival in Narromine.

How much new alignment has Inland Rail actually delivered? ( not to be confused with re-laying preexisting track)
  C2 Junior Train Controller

I wonder if Dolly Parton will get off at Harden or is that heading south
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

Here’s an idea: Inland Rail to focus purely on delivering a working railway on spec, on time and under budget. Then once completed, split the remaining cash between completion bonuses for staff/contractors and community grants.
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

Are people that concerned about a rail project certain to bring added benefits to all communities on route.
MetroFemme
Yes. They are far from certain that the project will ever be completed or will prove to be beneficial.
  SinickleBird Chief Train Controller

Location: Qantas Club at Mudgee International Airport
Interesting question that - how will Inland Rail benefit the communities en-route?

The principal purpose of Inland Rail is to speed up the Melb-Brisbane freight transit time. I wonder how much (if any) wayside business will be created? Most will pass through town at about 100k.

I certainly don’t see meaningful passenger services being created.

Which leaves servicing of rolling stock and per way as potential employment for locals. My personal expectation is that this benefit will accrue to a handful of towns - probably Parkes and somewhere like Moree. I have spoken with relief crews from PN who drive from Parkes to Gulgong to pick up their train. Not the coal guys, for which PN has a depot in Mudgee.

Perhaps a couple of smaller depots may be created. But certainly very little benefit for a town like Narromine.

I hope to be proven wrong.
  C2 Junior Train Controller

Not just the Mildura line but since conversion and due to 1° drought standard gauge has brought trains with a  little bit of work to northern NSW. This proves if we had a bit more leaders like Parkes and co we could be a railway country. This LNP need the GG to sack them, their thieves , murders and destroyers of our culture and heritage.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Interesting question that - how will Inland Rail benefit the communities en-route?

The principal purpose of Inland Rail is to speed up the Melb-Brisbane freight transit time. I wonder how much (if any) wayside business will be created? Most will pass through town at about 100k.

I certainly don’t see meaningful passenger services being created.

Which leaves servicing of rolling stock and per way as potential employment for locals. My personal expectation is that this benefit will accrue to a handful of towns - probably Parkes and somewhere like Moree. I have spoken with relief crews from PN who drive from Parkes to Gulgong to pick up their train. Not the coal guys, for which PN has a depot in Mudgee.

Perhaps a couple of smaller depots may be created. But certainly very little benefit for a town like Narromine.

I hope to be proven wrong.
SinickleBird
I doubt you are wrong at all and I'm a bit surprised if anyone genuinely thought otherwise.

Look at the NSW NCL, how many towns along the entire corridor have any direct connection with the railway anymore? Isn't Casino the only location where there is actually a freight pickup / drop off? The grain silo's at Goondawindi on NG will just be converted or relocated to the Inland and then headed south its business as usual at Nth Star, Moree etc.

As for train crew depo's, well I'd expect the Inland to be a tag-team effort like the trains across the Nulllubor with few depo's and unlikely no more than whats there now and you'd have to question why they would add more, especially early on. Its supposed to be 24h from Mel - Bris, which means Parks is what, 12 - 14 h from Brisbane, although potentially Inland trains will be crewed from say Toowoomba which always has similar which then places Parkes within a shift? Goondawindi might get lucky and be a crew depo town, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

The communities along the corridor will most likely benefit from infrastructure maintenance gangs and construction.
  Silvermoth Beginner

Location: Australia
I didn’t even know there was a Dolly Parton festival in Australia. Sounds like fun

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