- if there is sufficient demand for an early morning train ex WGA to Melbourne, could it not operate a different stopping pattern south of Albury? Say operate Wagga, some in between stations (such as the Rock/Henty/Culcairn), Albury, Seymour, Broadmeadows and SCS? I.e., cut out some of the intermediate stops south of Albury which probably are not destinations for Wagga or Albury pax anyway? You could then keep the train consist the same length (or shorter even and offer greater speeds).
Still has the trouble that there are no locos/wagons for such a service, and it may not be cost effective for Victoria. This probably would be an additional service on top of what is there now. If we are talking timings, Id envisage something like a 4 or 5am departure from Wagga and then a return to arrive in Wagga around 10 or 11pm. This might cannabilise some of the XPT traffic though which would need to be considered.