they painted the other end in Vline orange and grey overnight
I can confirm this. I was at the open day on Sunday and they were in the process of painting the Green sash alongside of the V/Line V on the nose of the other end.
I find it a bit odd, but as there is nothing else preserved in either livery, it's good to see them getting a bit of love somewhere. I'm not against the good old VR Blue and Gold, but it is nice to see some variety, even if it is all in the one still static locomotive. I am curious if this is their long term plan, or just something thrown on it to protect it while the rest of it is finished.
Just on that still static bit. Does anybody know of the status of the mechanicals of B72?
According to what little information I could find (Vicsig) it hasn't run under its own power since it caught fire in 1987 and was withdrawn from service. Is there any likelihood of it running again any time soon? From what I could see, it all looked pretty neat, and aside from a few missing bits (bogies, side panels, glass in the other cab end etc) it did look like work has progressed in some form.