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Quote from: ozbob on April 13, 2012, 11:41:32 AM25 minutes or so from Charleville ..The best strategy from here would be carriage modifications, one sleeping car, one sitting car for DDA requirements, and put freight back on the Westlander. The freight together with fares almost covers the cost of operation. Cattle trains are still running ex Quilpie, hope to check on the Cunnamulla line's status later today.Been a great run out. Train crew are marvellous, around 70 pax on at Toowoomba, few getting off at intermediate stations since Toowoomba. Better marketing of the service. Interesting comment from train crew is that they get a lot of overseas visitors onboard as well.
Quote from: Simon on April 13, 2012, 16:22:19 PMSo what's the traffic on the line? 2 Westies + 1 stock train per week? Or did mistake you.
Quote from: Simon on April 13, 2012, 16:57:42 PMAh yes, of course. A bazillion coalies keep the line open.
Quote from: ozbob on April 12, 2012, 02:51:31 AMMedia Release 12 April 2012Queensland: Long distance passenger rail travel is a winner!RAIL Back On Track (http://backontrack.org) a web based community support group for rail and public transport and an advocate for public transport is highlighting the value of the long distance passenger rail services in Queensland. Today RAIL Back On Track representatives will be departing Brisbane on the Westlander and will be arriving in Charleville at noon on Friday (13th April).Robert Dow, Spokesman for RAIL Back On Track said:"The Westlander is one of the great long distance passenger trains in Queensland. In 2004 there were Golden Anniversary celebrations marking 50 years of the Westlander serving the community and visitors of western Queensland (1). The long distance passenger trains in Queensland are unique. Providing a quality tourist travel experience they are also important transport communication links for many remote towns throughout Queensland. The Sunlander, the Spirit of the Outback, the Westlander, the Inlander and the Tilt Train services all value add to the economy of Queensland, directly and indirectly. This was further reinforced with Queensland Rail's Traveltrain Holidays taking out the Major Tourist Attraction award at the 2008 Outback Queensland Tourism Awards (2).""Subsidies to Queensland Rail's long distance passenger trains are sensible and are of benefit to the whole community. Support for the rural community by the Queensland Government in maintaining and improving these services is to be applauded. It should also be noted that public transport in south-east Queensland is also heavily subsidised. So is health, electricity, water, education and other transport modes. Rarely is the true cost of road and air infrastructure, and their environmental penalties costed into those transport modes. If they were, they too would show distortions of cost and subsidies. The cost of road trauma is breaking our nation (3). As freight is moved from rail to road, ever increasing numbers of road trucks are causing costly road damage. Queensland is more than just the south-east! Rail subsidies are returned as broader economic benefits which is why the world getting on with the rail revolution.""Governments are there to support their communities. Governments lost the transport plot in the 1950s and until recently have lacked the long term vision of our pioneers who laid down our basic rail network. For example, the myopia demonstrated when the Gold Coast and Tweed Heads railways were closed during the 1960s and right of way lost is now hitting home in exorbitant infrastructure costs to re-establish those lines.""In twenty or thirty years it is highly likely that the only sustainable bulk transport mode will be rail. Air and road will be subject to extreme fuel and environmental costs. Governments need to be thinking long term and therefore expanding and continuing support for rail networks. Rail is the safe, sustainable and environmentally friendly transport solution for Queensland and the nation.""RAIL Back On Track has reason to believe the Westlander passenger rail service may be ceased in the not too distant future. The aging Queensland Rail long distance passenger carriage fleet needs replacement. Consideration should then be given to other new diesel/hybrid multiple unit train sets besides the tilt trains for more local and long distance inland passenger services in Queensland (4). Regular commuter services could also be introduced from places such as Gatton, Helidon, and eventually Toowoomba and further west, and similarly from Gympie North and Maryborough. Apart from the coastal services more local rail services for major provincial cities in Queensland could also be achieved. Local commuter rail services could be established in places like Cairns and Townsville with a bit of vision (5)."Queensland Rail could also provide a light freight service attached as part of the inland passenger services. The loss of regular rail freight services to towns such as Cunnamulla and Quilpie, and Charleville is hurting these communities.""Country rail passenger services have boomed in Victoria under the V/Line banner. There is no reason why similar results can not be achieved for rural Queensland."References:1. WESTLANDER CELEBRATES GOLDEN MILESTONE http://statements.cabinet.qld.gov.au/MMS/StatementDisplaySingle.aspx?id=369902. http://railbotforum.org/mbs/index.php?topic=1510.03. Road trauma is breaking the nation http://www.brisinst.org.au/here-and-now/october-2010-issue/74. http://www.hitachi-rail.com/products/rolling_stock/hybrid/index.html5. http://railbotforum.org/mbs/index.php?topic=4683.0Contact:Robert DowAdministrationadmin@backontrack.orgRAIL Back On Track http://backontrack.org
Quote from: ozbob on November 25, 2012, 02:53:02 AMRail to Helidon and bus from there is a real option. This used to do quite a good service in the rail motor days. With the growth happening out that way Gatton and Helidon eventually some sort of commuter rail may eventuate.
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