WIMMERA residents have overwhelmingly voiced their support for a public passenger rail, via the Wimmera Mail-Times Facebook page.
A post that linked to a story about Horsham Rural City Council wanting a passenger rail service has so far received more than 120 comments and 350 likes.
Council wants the service to run through the Wimmera to Ararat, where it could connect with Melbourne-bound trains.
The majority of the comments were in support of the proposal.
To read all the comments, click here.
Ern Wilde posted one of the most popular comments, stating the region needed the service.
"It should never have been closed in the first place,'' he said.
Kristin Collins questioned why the proposed service should stop at Horsham.
"Let people in Nhill, Kaniva and beyond have the opportunity to get on a train and not have five bus changes along the way,'' she said.
Amy Taylor said simply, "I don't know anyone who would say no to this.''
However, Horsham's Paul Yole described council as anti-rail.
He said council had chased freight back onto the road.
"They also want to move the rail line out of Horsham because residents complain it's noisy, and yet they say they want to have passenger trains back,'' he said.
Christian Mitchell supported the proposal but was cautious of the options.
"I'm for it, but if it's anything like the pointless Maryborough service - one each way, every day, it's not worth it. That means busses will still run as the main mode of public transport. It has to be three trains each way plus the Overland daily.''
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