News & Discussion: Regional Transport

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Re: News & Discussion: Regional Transport

#571 Post by SBD » Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:52 am

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Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:23 am
Wow! I remember back in the 1980s when the Eyre Peninsula Network paid for the rest of the state's network. Basically, it seems that it's been allowed to run down to the point where it's no longer viable. Could it possibly be in the Government's (in the publics') interest to upgrade the system to keep grain on rail? Probably, but unlikely that they will. :(
Being run down to the point that it is no longer viable seems to have been the GWA standard operating practice across all of SA's former regional rail network. Perhaps it is only continuing the trend from previous government ownership.

Presumably the outcome of the DPTI+GWA review was to determine that the road network upgrades are more cost-effective than the rail network upgrades that would be needed from the current state.

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Re: News & Discussion: Regional Transport

#572 Post by claybro » Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:14 am

SBD wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:52 am
[quote=rhino post_id=177863 time=<a href="tel:1551221637">1551221637</a> user_id=70]
Wow! I remember back in the 1980s when the Eyre Peninsula Network paid for the rest of the state's network. Basically, it seems that it's been allowed to run down to the point where it's no longer viable. Could it possibly be in the Government's (in the publics') interest to upgrade the system to keep grain on rail? Probably, but unlikely that they will. :(
Being run down to the point that it is no longer viable seems to have been the GWA standard operating practice across all of SA's former regional rail network. Perhaps it is only continuing the trend from previous government ownership.

Presumably the outcome of the DPTI+GWA review was to determine that the road network upgrades are more cost-effective than the rail network upgrades that would be needed from the current state.
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I'm sure their review would show that. It is a false economy though isn't it? Road upgrades are invariably band aid solutions to only the most critical points, then the local residents are left to contend with crumbling roads over most of the area, as the number and weight of trucks tear up roads never designed for such traffic. Then the upgrades that are done, require resurfacing within 20 years.

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Re: News & Discussion: Regional Transport

#573 Post by Spotto » Fri May 31, 2019 12:33 pm

Shared in a railway forum I follow, originally posted by The Port Lincoln Tourist Railway Lobby Group on their Facebook page.
Hello! And welcome to the Port Lincoln Tourist Railway Lobby Group's official Facebook page.

We are a group of enthusiastic railway enthusiasts who have all formed together to now lobby for the soon to be closed Eyre Peninsula Railway line out of Port Lincoln to have a section retained and converted to a Tourist Railway.

We are in the process of devising feasible as well as realistic ideas to try and have at least the section between Port Lincoln and Cummins retained and to operate tourist trains on this line.

We believe a tourist railway here would create a revitalisation of the Eyre Peninsula, so here is where we should all get together and make it happen!

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PLTRLG Committee

(Please note we are NOT affiliated with the Port Lincoln Railway Museum, Genessee Wyoming or any other railway or transport related entity, just a group of passionate enthusiasts who know better and who know how to really run a railway)
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We will be making a formal approach to the Port Lincoln Railway Museum on what they can do for us to make this vision a reality!

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Re: News & Discussion: Regional Transport

#574 Post by SRW » Fri May 31, 2019 2:05 pm

Further to the above, ABC news report from today: A 'sad day' for the Eyre Peninsula as locals say goodbye to rail transport
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