I have first hand reports of a former mud hole near Tallarook having resurfaced after being repaired THREE times since the line's reopening and as we speak, the mudhole is there in all its glory awaiting repair once again.
Clearly the NE will never be sorted out properly until the line is ripped up, and the whole project re-done from the base drainage upwards.
I'm not holding my breath though....
The only mudhole that could be that bad is just north of Tallarook, when the BG services to Albury was suspended this hole could have swallowed an NR no problems. The repair crew removed hundreds of cubic metres of faulty base material This was one of the first holes to be tackled and I have as yet never seen any more work done on it. There has been a number of areas ___SOUTH___ of Seymour that have had multiple repairs. According to both old track workers and drivers I have talked to these are all in areas that have been known to be a problem for a long time. It _____WOULD____ be worth remembering that the SG to Albury is known to have been built on the cheap. We are of course now paying dearly for this poor work.
I will have a look on my next trip down, but from recent past trips the total length of the line between Seymour and Totenham that would need major work would be fairly small (not no existent but small). The ride currently on the SG line south of Seymour on the VLine pass being mostly quite good. Note, Its easier to inspect the SG the line from the Seymour local BG pass, so one travels south on the BG and then comes back on the midday Albury train, you get then both to see and experience the line.
A final point I will put in is that _____ALL
________ heavy used transport infrastructure requires regular maintence, only people like journalists, politicians and others out of touch with reailty would believe otherwise.