Premier must deliver Vline service fix for Albury

 

News article: Premier must deliver Vline service fix for Albury

It’s the never-ending story of the chronic failure of governments – and it’s more than one – to deliver a Border passenger rail service that works.

  woodford Chief Commissioner

May be some good news.......................One hopes others closer to the action will have more details.

Firstly, Many thanks for the replies on the loco question, N464 actually was on this mornings train.


Now,this mornings Albury bound (down) consist was extremely interesting. The train consist being N464, 2 BN's an ACN and a power van. Missing were a BN and a BRN. As far as I can determine current VLine managment simply do not remove cars from a consist. Is this the prelude for a 4th SG pass set. With the current timetable a 4th loco and pass set would get rid of a good portion of the cancellations, as there would be a complete spare set, loco and cars if any maintence was being done.

woodford

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  Mufreight Train Controller

Location: North Ipswich
May be some good news.......................One hopes others closer to the action will have more details.

Firstly, Many thanks for the replies on the loco question, N464 actually was on this mornings train.


Now,this mornings Albury bound (down) consist was extremely interesting. The train consist being N464, 2 BN's an ACN and a power van. Missing were a BN and a BRN. As far as I can determine current VLine managment simply do not remove cars from a consist. Is this the prelude for a 4th SG pass set. With the current timetable a 4th loco and pass set would get rid of a good portion of the cancellations, as there would be a complete spare set, loco and cars if any maintence was being done.

woodford
woodford
As it would seem that V Line passenger operations are presently constrained by the Z cars bogie problems they could get a quick fix by having 5 pair of air suspension bogies fabricated either by Bombardier at Maryborough or UGL both of whom have experience in fabricating bogies and would be able to provide air suspension passenger bogies for 160 kph operation.
5 sets of bogies would add 5 carriages to the broad gauge rolling stock pool and provide some relief for the present situation.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
The N464 has been a regular up here for some time even today it has been at Albury.
  thadocta Chief Commissioner

Location: Katoomba
Asked this before in another thread, and received no response, not even a comment.

What effect will the Murray Basin standardisation have?

In asking this, I mean from the POV of more SG passenger services, resulting in more SG carriages? I'm thinking that if there are more SG services added, there would be the ability to better utilise rolling stock, particularly WRT spare stock to sub in in the event of equipment failure, which could lead to a more reliable Albury service.

Thoughts?

Dave
  woodford Chief Commissioner

Asked this before in another thread, and received no response, not even a comment.

What effect will the Murray Basin standardisation have?

In asking this, I mean from the POV of more SG passenger services, resulting in more SG carriages? I'm thinking that if there are more SG services added, there would be the ability to better utilise rolling stock, particularly WRT spare stock to sub in in the event of equipment failure, which could lead to a more reliable Albury service.

Thoughts?

Dave
thadocta
Its very likely your guess is as good as anyones!, The Murray basin Project is a freight only setup VLine appears to have no plans for any more SG passes at this time.
Upgrading these lines to class 2 and getting rid of all level crossings is way beyond what the government is willling to spend, remember the population of the area is relatively low, Mildura 30,000, Hamilton and Portland each around 10,000, so we are  not looking at very high passenger numbers.

woodford
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
@thadocta, this project is with freight in mind, especially considering that there are currently no pax services on the lines of any significance.  As noted, the number of people along the line is light on, youd have to think about if the service is worth it.  Distance wise, its the same distance as Griffith in NSW (and probably population wise too).  I'm sure the numbers don't stack up, though id be interested to know what the modelled subsidy per pax is in comparison to other lines.
  woodford Chief Commissioner

Mid day trains were 3 cars again, missing from the consist was the BRN and the BDN.

Also Melbourne bound service was double headed, N473 leading N471, It appears the City of Benalla (N471) did not like its trip home. Curiously it was on time (actually it was slightly early, must have caught the problem very quickly).

Sounds like the premier has plenty of work ahead of him!

woodford
  Gwiwer Rt Hon Gentleman and Ghost of Oliver Bulleid

Location: Loitering in darkest Somewhere
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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Location: Dubai UAE
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Gwiwer
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