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  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Sausage sizzle and cab tour to get the punters on board the Bairnsdale VLocity - they might be slightly less enthusiastic when they realise it's 4 hours sans first class or snack bar!
potatoinmymouth

Idea...unlikely to be 4 hours due to VLocity's travelling up to 160Km/h and a fabulous power to weight ratio compared to the old N Class limited to 115Km/h and as slow as a snail to leave/arrive at stations

Mike.

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  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Sausage sizzle and cab tour to get the punters on board the Bairnsdale VLocity - they might be slightly less enthusiastic when they realise it's 4 hours sans first class or snack bar!
potatoinmymouth
V/Line said on their Facebook post that they are considering what to do regarding catering arrangements.
  potatoinmymouth Chief Commissioner

That’s a good point Mike, it will probably end up in the order of the Echuca run (3.20). For what it’s worth I don’t think that should be without catering/first class either - how are you ever going to convince people that a slight time disadvantage over road travel is worthwhile without extra amenity value?
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
That’s a good point Mike, it will probably end up in the order of the Echuca run (3.20). For what it’s worth I don’t think that should be without catering/first class either - how are you ever going to convince people that a slight time disadvantage over road travel is worthwhile without extra amenity value?
potatoinmymouth

Possibly because a family ticket is often cheaper than driving and LOTS more fun...especially for the kids.

A pity the link doesn't work...

M.
  potatoinmymouth Chief Commissioner

Apologies Mike, let’s give that another whirl. (Edit: RP does not like this URL!)

https://www.vline.com.au/Escape-with-V-Line/Preview-Event/Destination-Details?id=661

And I’m not convinced cost incentive is sufficient here: think, for instance, of short-haul air fares, where a large number of people will pay a little more because they want to arrive in Sydney at 6pm rather than 12 noon just because it’s the cheapest option.

No, rail has to compete with the car on amenity value as well as price point - and that means something to convince people reduced flexibility in their travel is offset. For anything north of 3h IMHO that makes catering/first class a necessity, not to mention things that SHOULD be introduced like free wifi (I understand the coverage and cost issues but it adds massively to said amenity value).

Given the choice between a 3h drive to Mel via the Monash Carpark and a 3.30 train trip with a coffee and cake on the way while working/studying, there are a LOT of people who could be persuaded to make the switch for occasional trips. And that goes for all the long-hauls, both existing and potential. On top of that, first class adds value for semi-regular travellers and could be enhanced further, perhaps with the provision of something like in-seat power.

Of course V/Line has to work out how to get the trains from A to B all the time first!
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: Gheringhap Loop Autonomous Zone
Sausage sizzle and cab tour to get the punters on board the Bairnsdale VLocity - they might be slightly less enthusiastic when they realise it's 4 hours sans first class or snack bar!
V/Line said on their Facebook post that they are considering what to do regarding catering arrangements.
railblogger
It'll be a vending machine.
  kuldalai Chief Commissioner

Dont get too excited the Daryl Kerrigan vibes are that from the late 2018 tt change with the lx protection addressed between Traralgon and Bairnsdale that the Bairnsdale trips will be V/Locity to lighten the loads on teh Stratford bridge to nurse a couple more years out of the structure till the new bridge is complete .

Whether we have double consists as far as