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Here is a recent hsitory of V/Line's management of Echuca Line Upgrades:
VLP promised Mulder 100kmh DMU Bendigo - Echuca if Libs gave money to boom barrier protect some 22 odd crossings .
Mulder gave VLP money 22 crossings boom barriered 18 months later than promised . VLP still leaves VL speed at 80kmh . JA asks VLP where is the promised 100kmh line speed .
VLP find more lx that need to be protected and demand more funds to fix. At same time VLP then claim "I Know Nussing!!!" re any 100 kmh line speed !!! Then demand more $ to upgrade to Class - 2 for 130kmh running . (Whereas VLP promiose at 2010 was for 100kmh VL speed on an Upgraded Class - 3 track) .
$ 90m allocated for now for upgrading to Class - 2 track allowing 130kmh for DMU . Supposed to be finished by early 2021 .
Fortunately RPV is doing the work NOT VLP so it might actually get done on time. ($ 90m includesre-signalling Bendigo - Eaglehawk / Epsom to do away with Train Orders.)
Rochester - Echuca was 80lb jointed and that is old rail still lying beside the track now. Re-laid 5 years or so ago that section with used 94lb CWR . So whole line is 94lb CWR . Track Class Currently 4 65kmh loco hauled and 80 kmh DMU .
All lx are protected now, so just a matter of the track upgrade to Class - 2 to realize 130mh after some 9 years since VLP first promised 100kmh within 2 years in 2010 !!!! Another of VLP's famous "Blue Hills" sagas .
Attach 2 VL sets at Ballarat or Bendigo 12 mins is allowed time but easily done in 8 mins, detach 3 mins.
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