Gunzel a few points of order
1) What do you actually know of the condition of the prototypes before being left to rot?
That it is there. I have no reason to say I know anything else about it.
2) Do you know if they were built to the same standards as the main production?
3) Do you know it will be cheaper to fit them out?
4) Do you know there is nothing wrong with them?
You’ve misunderstood me.
@simstrain has basically said that in the event of a collision with a car at Vineyard, it would be cheaper to write off 7 cars that have nothing wrong with them and order a whole new B Set, this is what I am taking issue with.
I don't know what the condition of the Prototype cars is or was and how they may have differed from the main production fleet, but history has shown prototype's of any mode of transport rarely enter full scale operations or if they do not for long. This is the premise of mine and a few others comments. I think what is obvious is that they are clearly unloved and appears no desire to have them enter RPT operations. Normally I would read this as they are not compatible or suitable to be used for what ever reason and the operator knows what they are doing.
This comment in wiki should sum it up. A four car pre-production test train was built to test the train sub-systems and compatibility with the Sydney suburban network.[color=#0b0080][/color] This was intended to allow any issues with the train to be corrected before the production trains entered service.[color=#0b0080][/color] The test train was expected to perform trial runs from mid 2009,[color=#0b0080][/color] but did not begin network testing until April 2010.[color=#0b0080][/color] The pre-production train concluded testing in August 2010.[color=#0b0080][/color]
There was a comment by another that the traction motors sounded different, which may mean that they may have used old bogies???
I suppose for those that know, what happened to the prototypes of previous other trains? I think the original DD was converted to trailer cars?
I think if one driver car was written off as you say, they may likely look at what options they have to have the remaining 7 cars re-enter service as they certainly won't scrap the whole train while its so young, later things maybe very different. Most likely this may involve going back to the manufacturer and seeking quotes for various options and yes it may involve the prototype set being rebuilt to a production model. A one off car would be more expensive to make than normal and they may sway various options that normally wouldn't be considered and this may also depend on the actual damage incurred. Did the bogies survive?
Obviously this is all 2nd guessing based on an event that hasn't occurred with a huge number of potential variables.
The A sets were made as only 8 car sets. I believe all trains in Sydney now only operate as 8 car sets (open to correction) apart from Carlingford so a 4 car A set would be an odd ball and Carlingford is planned to be converted to LR. So what good would it be?