GALLERY: Rail public meeting Muswellbrook I PHOTOS

Nearly 50 people gathered in Muswellbrook on Thursday to discuss how they're being impacted by the closure of rail services between Hamilton and Newcastle.

A Charter for Planning, developed by nine groups including the Nature Conservation Council and the National Trust, was unanimously endorsed by the audience, who'd gathered in the auditorium of the Muswellbrook RSL Club.

The Charter called on the NSW Government to restore full rail services on the train lines connecting Newcastle City with Sydney and Hunter Valley branch lines to Scone and to Dungog.

Four of the five candidates standing for the state seat of Upper Hunter attended and made brief policy presentations.

Nationals' candidate, Michael Johnsen, extended his apologies.

A new candidate, Richard Stretton from Fred Nile's Christian Democratic Party (CDP), introduced himself to the audience.

There'll be more on this story in this Friday's edition of The Muswellbrook Chronicle.