Yes Valvegear, we all pine for the good ol' VR days where rolling stock was in abundance, most locations and signal boxes were staffed allowing for prompter solutions when things went bad, and people moved up the ranks and had a better understanding of different roles within the railways (as well as many other things that made for a more flexible system). However it is now 2018 and operating conditions, for better or worse (most would agree with worse), are vastly different.jakar; you may pontificate all you like, but there are certain inescapable facts that you conveniently ignore.
Perhaps your grudges should be directed to the various governments and their departments that have created the fragmented, privatized and inflexible system we have today that v/line must operate with. As per my previous post, there are always improvements to be had, but as you appear to know how to run a perfect railway system from in front of your keyboard, i would expect you to be putting your hand up for the CEO's (or any managers) position in the near future if it is as easy as you think?
I agree that operating conditions are indeed vastly different. Railways run fewer trains to nowhere near the number of destinations that they did in 1976, and yet fail to do it efficiently. The number of cancellations and bustitutions bears witness to this. You have a ready made scapegoat for track and signal failure, but none for "train fault", "maintenance issue", "staff shortage" and so on.
Whatever causes you put up such as government departments etc are no doubt valid, but the facts remain. V/Line does not perform. Your comment that I know how to run a perfect railway system is pure moonshine and completely irrelevant. I don't think it's easy, and I never said it is. But, I'm dealing in facts - 50 years ago it could be done; now it can't.