Albany to Perth passenger train may be derailed by lack of state support

 
Topic moved from News by bevans on 02 May 2021 12:14
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
With a population of 40,000 in Albany and more on the route why has it taken so long before the service was asked for?

Smaller cities in Victoria and NSW have passenger rail services.  For example Albany is bigger than Armidale and also Griffith in NSW.

In Victoria it is bigger than Echuca, Warnambool, Bairnsdale, Maryborough and Ararat.

Albany to Perth passenger train may be derailed by lack of state support

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  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Is the line to Albany in Western Australia still open ? With all the issues CBH have been confronted with and closed lines I do wonder.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
With a population of 40,000 in Albany and more on the route why has it taken so long before the service was asked for?

Smaller cities in Victoria and NSW have passenger rail services.  For example Albany is bigger than Armidale and also Griffith in NSW.

In Victoria it is bigger than Echuca, Warnambool, Bairnsdale, Maryborough and Ararat.

Albany to Perth passenger train may be derailed by lack of state support
bevans
If there was a direct well engineered railway between Perth and Albany, a rail passenger service probably could work, but unfortunately this Is not the case (blame the pioneer railway builders for this, as railways served a different purpose back then) Instead there Is a direct well engineered highway (that the masses of people use)
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
The truth may just be in the title with this one.

If the state isn't interested in supporting this, it isn't likely to proceed is it?
  Screech Beginner

Location: Perth
The cost of providing this service would be huge.
The only rail route between Perth and Albany currently is via Northam. The line from Northam to Albany (GSR line) I think has a maximum speed of 70knh with many much slower sections. Even with major upgrades this route would still be much slower than road transport and therefore would only see very low passenger numbers and would represent poor value for money for taxpayers.
To build a faster more direct route the cost would be astronomical. Even though patronage would be higher it would be nowhere near enough to justify the huge expense.
The only hope would be for a tourist train but even then the capital and ongoing costs I think would still be too high.

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