Ghost trains


Believe it or not, it’s actually cheaper in the UK to run a train, say, once a week with no passengers on board than it is to go through all the legal wrangling to have a line shut down.

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    • mabba
    • July 3rd, 2012

    Wish they’d known that in Qld before they tore up the Samford line & the original Gold Coast line they’re now rebuilding in stages- haven’t reached Coolangatta yet. Same goes for vital regional lines, like Ilfracombe to Longreach…Still, with a ridiculous 3’6″ gauge, it’s a very moot point. No fast trains for us ever, methinks. No wonder our historic rattler trains are still popular – the upholstery’s better.

    • Julia’s $36bn spent on the already outdated NBN might have been far better spent standardising the rail gauges from state to state. It’s ridiculous Vic, NSW, and QLD all have different gauges. Sure, I understand the history, and the reason QLD was shortchanged was literally because we were short of change. But it’s 2012 now, high speed train technology is booming, and here we are still stuck with bloody 3’6″ and a national railway network that resembles a jigsaw puzzle put together by a chimp.

      • Sean of Deer Park
      • July 4th, 2012

      I’m wondering if Virgin Trains will decide to go into business here, like they did in Europe. They are beating QANTAS in the air. A real rail market in Australia would be awesome!

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgin_Trains

    • The Wizard of WOZ
    • July 3rd, 2012

    I’m sure there is a carbon tax joke here, but I cant think of it…

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