Now it is conversion time the whizzkids discover that there are probably not enough sg roads retained at Maryborough to handle the traffic task, no crossing loop between Maryborough and Ararat, no crossing loop between Ballarat & Maryborough etc . Therefore now no dual gauge allegedly between Warrenheip and Gheringhap (which was a waste of money anyway.) What happens when you scope a job in a hurry on the back of an envelope . Now the chooks come home to roost .
Do you think that the crossing loop, that used to be at Elmhurst, would be re-activated, do you know it's length, would it need extending, to accommodate the expected train length, these days ?
Actually, what other loops need to be kicked into gear, between Ballarat, Marybugger and Mildura, for ease of operation.
Obviously a crossing loop is essential in this section long enought to hold grain trains headed to portland and mineral sands trains heading to Hamilton . Depending on local conditions (proximity lx, bridges etc) it could either be at Avoca or Elmshurst.
Between North Ballarat and Maryborough it would be suicidal not to have a crossing loop as effectively the standard gauge single line section will be Maryborough to Warrenheip sg Loop (probably around 90 minutes running time for an Up Grainie ).
So by location first priority would be to recommision Tourello followed by possibly by a new location closer into Maryborough, then thirdly recommission Sulky nearest to Ballarat . Ultimately the answer is a separate sg third line betweenBallarat East and Warrenheip on the South side .
With Ararat no doubt in typical fashion whoever was only selfishly thinking of their needs, and not of the desirability of retaining / upgrading a sg connection from the Maryborough line to the West and the Adelaide mainline . Seems ARTC want it retained and even directly connected to the mainline rather than via Ararat Yard . In the overall scheme of things this connection is small bickies.