It's useful in emergencies/disruptions (when you can't a lot of coaches to cover the whole line very quickly) or for weekend or day shuts, less so in long term shuts.The Gisborne Shuffle has been done plenty of times in the past, as recently as last year or even possibly this yearYep, I'll be caught up in this one. Why the hell they can't run trains from Sunbury to Bendigo and beyond to Swan Hill is beyond me. I know there is some work needing doing on the V/Line section but surely not enough to justify a 15 day shutdown. V/Line's preferred option these days seems to be to shut everything down when a Metro shutdown affects a line and stuff the poor passengers many of whom use the service from one regional town to another and don't even travel into the metro area.
So instead we will all be stuffed onto Covid Coaches for a hour or two (or 4 if going 'all the way') which I would not have thought was a desirable thing at this point in time
I would imagine having a captive fleet running Gisborne-Bendigo just wouldn't be worth it, better to give those on the line doing the maintenance work space to just get things done.
If there is also maintenance on the Bendigo Line, and Sunbury Station possibly being completely off access to overhead works, it makes sense to not have too many trains 'stuck' up in Bendigo to have more available for the lines that are running.