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Regional rail operator V-Line will run shorter trains and replace some services with buses after identifying a fault with its fleet of V-locity trains.
The operator is inspecting all 59 of the trains and will undertake maintenance on those not up to standard after finding higher-than-usual wheel wear.
A number of services were cancelled on the Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo lines this afternoon.
V-Line spokesman Colin Tyrus said wear was identified last month and the changes would affect all lines over the coming days.
"Depending on the rolling stock and the type of tracks, a train wheel can last months or sometimes years but in this case we've noticed the wheels on the V-locity carriages are wearing at a faster-than-normal rate," he said.
"On varying days, a differing number of them are out for these wheel replacement repairs," he said.
"So we're advising our customers to check on our website or check with their station as to whether their train may be either replaced by busses or running with a reduced [number] of carriages."
Mr Tyrus said extra maintenance shifts had been scheduled and an independent expert had been called in to try and find out the cause of the problem.
"Wheel changeovers are a constant in any railway worldwide but we've started to replace wheels at a more rapid rate after this wear was detected in the past month or so.
"It's a continuous process, we're just having to replace wheels at a faster rate than normal."
The V-locity trains are made locally by Bombardier Transportation in Dandenong.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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