I will not drop the attitude about Failpage. Most of them are people hiding behind aliases with nothing better to do. Don't get me wrong, there is the minority on there who do know what they are talking about, and as it turns out I actually know of them off the site anyway, same with on here, and no I will not mention names for the sake of keeping them from being dragged down to a level in which they would find insulting.
First of all, while I intially dismissed the issue, I have since explained how it would all work, and in case you didn't see it, I will explain it here and now.
First of all, most of the lines will initially start off in Broad Gauge. These include but are not limited to, Riverton, Burra, Kapunda, and Hamley Bridge. Don't quote me as they are examples and the odds are that they may not even get connections straight away.
The first SG connection will be from Bowmans - Balaklava. The current arrangement has trucks carting grain from the farms, to the Balaklava silos, then from there to the silos in Bowmans, then from there the train to PA. Talk about double and triple handling. The SG connection would remove this unnecessary excess handling. I have been told that Viterra and GWA are open to the idea.
The above will most likely be the first lines of many to come.
As for the takeover of the metro network- I recall saying not to quote me on that because it is something that is LONG LONG LONG LONG VERY LONG TERM. I am NOT trying to get out of answering the question, either. The person I am in contact with is well aware of the process involved as am I having seen the hoo-ha in Melbourne.
For the record, I can decipher a Profit/Loss statement, apology not needed but I accept it nonetheless. Without going too much off topic I actually did REAL maths in school- Maths Applications, and was probably one of my better subjects. It was based around business and loans/repayments, and part of that was learning how to do various types of Profit & Loss statements.
To be honest, and I will be quite frank, I completely understand the doubt and skepticism that everyone has. But at the same time, maybe you should just say "look, it's a long shot, it would be pushing sh*t up a steep hill and odds are it won't get off the ground, but good luck nevertheless". Instead I'm getting, no wait, I'm not going to bother.
For the record, the overseas investor with whom I am in regular contact with is an Australian man who has been working in Poland on big rail projects there. He owns and leases various rollingstock over here in Australia and also owns shares in some US rail companies. While race has nothing to do with anything, I am assuming you probably thought he was European or even Asian.
People really need to look at the brighter picture- instead of being negative and one sided about it all, they need to realise that I actually stood up and have tried to do something about it all instead of simply posting on here what I would do if giving a bottomless pit of money for the railways. If I hadn't have said "hey look, I want to do this, this and that, get a group together etc" then I would not have come into contact with the people I am dealing with- they monitor these sites often and came across my consortium posts and contacted me.
This is the impression I am getting, from both here and Failpage: People are bitching about what they would do if they were in charge of the PT network. Fine, that's what these sites are here for. They then come up with intelligent ideas about new services and how they would change current ones. Once again, that's why this site exists. Look at what The Mayor/Stephen Lucas has been doing. I even chucked in my two bobs worth. THEN when I finally say "right, I'm going to do something about it for real, whose with me?", everyone all of a sudden goes on the back foot and starts getting on the offensive as if they are jealous that they did not come up with the idea themselves.
My good friend Brian 2009 from Failpage posted this and hit the nail on the head, and since then several offenders have gone suspiciously quiet- perhaps they realise we are right?
Don't you all have the guts to praise Heardy_101 for actually being brave enough to post on here firstly, then to be attacked by the wolves at every opportunity, he deserves a medal.
I have also spoken to the gentleman that spoke to Heardy_101
He rang me through the week from Europe and basically talked about all the things that Heardy has mentioned. This gentleman also rang me in January 2011 saying that he wanted to invest either in the Armidale to Wallangarra line or in the SA Mid north lines. Seems he has selected the Mid North of SA.
Perhaps it would be a good idea to invest in this project as it seems to me that these Investors have done a lot of Preliminary work already.
Regarding the comments about foam, maybe it is time to knock it off.
By the way, this gentleman owns his own rollingstock which he leases out.
Now I don't want a medal nor do I want one either.
I am not going to deny each and one of you (from both here and Failpage) have been fair in your questions and statements but at the same time you also need to see the brighter picture and maybe show some appreciation maybe some "good luck" statements, because I am actually physically trying to do something about it all, rather than rant rave and whinge.
If you have questions, maybe simple them down a bit as there is a strong chance that I have misinterpreted them (to which I apologise). SMILE, it's a nice day out there!
Cheers, Mitchell Heard
South Australian Regional Rail Alliance