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The cause of the extremely high wheel wear on V'Locity sets is already well known. It is being attributed to the very tight radius curvature of the upgraded North Melbourne Flyover, the rail of which has also experienced severe rail wear on the flange face. It's being attributed to lack of rail lubrication on each of the tight curves, and lack of compensating easing of track gauge (slight gauge widening) to assist in better tracking through curves. On timbered sleepered track engineers and gangers would compensate for the tightness negotiating tight curves by widening gauge and on concrete sleepered track it is undertaken by selective grinding to "ease" the tightness of the curve.
For Regional Fast Rail similar problems with tight gauge especially on the Bendigo Line required considerable rail grinding to overcome tight gauge. Seems as per usual no lessons learned and probably loss of corporate memory. Totally unforgivable and preventable. This was a mega billion dollar piece of infrastructure that employed loads of expert engineers and experienced rail contractors. Again how do things like this get past the designers and so called independent technical consultants.
Whose paying for the stuff up. The poor passengers and the tax payer. It took months on the same piece of infrastructure to sort out the problems of the dual gauge turnouts that derailed the XPT. Who suffered. And when you read the ATSB report you see someone smart faceless person decided to amend and already approved and tested existing design for what reason???
Of course it was always proposed to build a new much better aligned flyover at North Melbourne for RRL to enable faster arrival and entry speeds and reduce congestion into and out of Southern Cross Station. Ah that's right it got scrapped in the interests of saving money and now leaves a 100 year legacy of totally comprising what should have been a brilliant project.
I suspect most of the investigation will be around how do we spin our way out of this one!!!! Am I being cynical. You bet because it is deserved.
Also if I've known about it for ages then why wasn't the regular inspection regime of both rollingstock and track maintainers not picking this issue up almost from the beginning that should have sent alarm bells to both track and rollingstock maintainers that then should have resulted in some form of joint discussions to manage the issue rather than leading to what is now a wholesale disruption to the service. So the designers got it wrong, but the operator hasn't managed the repurcussions of all that very well either???
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