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Ballarat would become the center of a major country passenger train hub provided the Liberal, Labor and National parties accept the advice from Victoria’s Rail Revival Alliance.
Standard Gauge passenger trains would service Mildura, Horsham, Hamilton/Portland, Maryborough and Geelong and would be all based in Ballarat.
When the Murray Basin standardisation is completed, only two lines out on Ballarat will be Broad Gauge, the Maryborough and the Ararat Lines. These would need to be standardised and the Castlemaine to Maryborough line to be restored and reopened.
The most important immediate issue is the design and construction of a long distance Velocity trains that can service these routes. The Rail Revival Alliance Victoria wants to see the end of the old locomotive pulled N Class trains and for them to be replaced with modern Velocity rolling stock. Modification would have to be made for a food service on these units. These train could also be used to replace the aged rolling stock on the network plagued service to the North East into Albury. This is the only other standard gauge passenger service in Victoria and is experiencing the lack of punctuality and reliable services from out of date and failing rolling stock.
To cope with the influx of Standard Gauge rolling stock, a new or expanded maintenance facility would need to be constructed in Ballarat to service the new trains.
Ballarat would become the portal for all passenger rail movements to the North and West of the State. Get the trains right, get the tracks right and get the maintenance right for this project and the major cities are demanding, advocating and lobbying of Northern and Western Victoria will have their passenger services returned to them.
The Rail Revival Alliance Victoria is calling on support from the major parties in the forthcoming election Labor, Liberal and National parties should all come behind this proposal to benefit the country and regional communities the rail networks traverse and make it a non-partisan policy to extend over the life on the new parliament.
Rail Revival Alliance
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