It isn't a stuff up. The work on the blue mountains brings it in to line with the rest of the network. One train that does all intercity services and can handle the extra capacity requirements that is required. The blue mountains hasn't been able to handle any wide body trains pass springwood. These upgrades remove this limitation.
To be fair, the government doesn't do enough to explain to the public about the blue mountains train width issue.
I saw a video of Andrew Constance going though the mock-up of the new train where he accused the Blue Mountains MP of not wanting the new trains, where all the Blue Mountains MP was concerned about was 'fat trains that don't fit the tracks' (and also 'rigid uncomfortable seating for that matter', can't judge there until the trains arrive).
Can't blame anyone for thinking the NIF and the Blue Mountains is a stuff up when the government hasn't done enough to explain why the trains are wide as they are, only railfans know why it is.
Still, even if the trains fit, if the federal opposition is pledging strengthen local rail manufacturing, then that's great, if it's true, when anything like this is said this close to an election, you can take it with a train of salt. Even if the trains fit the loading gauge and run flawlessly, our multicultural public transport fleet is an issue:
-Suburban trains: China
-Metro trains: India
-Intercity trains: South Korea
-Regional trains: Spain
-Light Rail Vehicles: France
-B-Line Buses: Germany
...yet we can't raise the Newstart Allowance.
Find me some politics who will stop casualisation of jobs, create more jobs, make it easier to find and get jobs, raise the newstart allowance, and construct public transport projects in places like Newcastle,
I'm sure they will all promise that now, but in two weeks, nothing.