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Now the update, the so called state officials are aware of this impending disaster, one of my spies informed me that V/Line and Bombardier are at loggerheads as to who is at fault.
May have something to do with V/Line’s pathological hatred of, and refusal to use ‘grease pots’, or other flange lubricators for fear of the costs of staff to maintain and adjust them, vrs the risk of over-lubrication, rail head contamination and high speed overshoots arising there from!
Steel filings from where the flange scrapes against the rail head.
Why is this a Metro issue?
Because these death-traps share tracks, and parallel running lines with Metro trains.
Imagine if a full Velocity derailed in front of a full peak hour City Service!
The Victorian Transport Minister
The Transport Minister has been told when they held a “crisis” meeting last Sunday.
She has said fix the issue, NOW. (Before it leaks to the media and makes her look incompetent!)
Apparently she is not happy.
Meanwhile there a some/many short consist services running as more are withdrawn from service.
And a lot of senior managers running around in a mad panic not knowing what to do because these government imported Pommie Managers sacked all of the experienced Victorians managers who did the maintenance job up until 12-18 months ago and replaced them with, yes you guessed it more bloody pommies.
Withdrawal of the Fleet
By now, everyone would have read in the paper that around 21 VL’s have been withdrawn from traffic, not bad considering we only have 59 sets. That’s over one third of the fleet.
Apparently, “………….we don’t have ANY spare wheels”
BELOW PHOTOGRAPHS:BRAND NEW WHEEL READY TO BE INSTALLED (TOP LEFT). WHEEL FLANGE WORN DOWN ON BOGIE READY TO BE REMOVED (TOP RIGHT, BOTTOM)
As of 5.00pm Friday, 27 units out of service – V-Line tally it at 21 for wheels, and 6 for ‘other’ reasons. Also at least 2 more likely to be withdrawn for wheels “over the weekend”. The wheels are being electronically measured daily, and some are ‘that close’ to being condemned! Some units are ‘hidden’ at country depots, some are in the storage yard at North Melbourne.
So, V/Line reportedly has 140 wheels on order from Comsteel – the same outfit that they tried to blame for the problem in the first place – and they might be here by Tuesday!
But 140 wheels will replace the wheels on just 17 CARS, and there are 27, 3 car units or 81 cars out of service, requiring 648 wheels, or thereabouts – in other words, a shortfall of around 500 wheels!
AND EVEN IF they can replace all 24 wheels on one 3 car unit per day, that’s the best part of a month before all is back to V/Line’s appalling version of ‘normal’, and the smart money says that with supply and replacement issues, shop space, 6 to 8 weeks is the best they could hope to achieve, and it might take considerably longer than that – and that’s before they determine and rectify the cause!
It’s an exercise in logistics that V/Line can’t hope to achieve within their stated time frame.
Unit number 1147 had an incident on Friday where it failed to activate track circuits – level crossing warning devices and signals and was held at Oakleigh for some time after 12.00pm so another unit could be attached. These cars have had recurrent issues with failing to activate track circuits for some time – 1147 is a repeat offender. In fact, 1147 was involved in a track-circuit failure event on the previous day!
Why do Metro Suddenly Care About Safety?
Speculation is rife that Metro are kicking V-Line while they are down in an effort to obtain Commercial Advantage, possibly to come in as a ‘knight in shining armour’ to rescue V-Line from the incompetence of public operations (Managed by the same moronic 457 managers that Metro have).
At around 2300 hrs on Friday Night, the two-car Stony Point Sprinter arrived in an unscheduled, unexpected and unnecessary movement.
Metro made some media mileage out of the cancellation of Stony Point Services supposedly as a result of a V-Line decision to consolidate what’s left of their fleet for use elsewhere.
The word is, that Metro are actively discrediting/obstructing V/Line in order to present themselves as the ‘operator of choice’ for V/Line services when Metro’s franchise renewal is under discussion. “Give it to us as a ‘job lot’ and we’ll sort it out for you!” .
Metro see an opportunity to expand their profit making capacity at the expense of the Victorian Taxpayer.
(Stony Point Services resumed on Saturday, the next morning).
This article first appeared on mtmmemes.wordpress.com
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