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NimbleJack

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Posted 17 Sep 2020 16:27 in Victoria by NimbleJack

Numeracy is a struggle on this thread.

Don't forget that VL 29 was written off in an accident, bringing the intended total of BG VLocitys to an even 100.

Odds are, if they want more SG units, th ...

Posted 17 Sep 2020 16:15 in Victoria by NimbleJack

I'll try writing this as clearly as possible. Folks here seem to get mighty confused.

VL 00 to 79 are currently in service. That's 80 three-car sets in total. VL 80 to 88 (nine three-car sets in to ...

Posted 17 Sep 2020 09:22 in Victoria by NimbleJack

Things do seem wonderfully simple and straightforward when you're dealing with Hornby HO, don't they?

Real life, alas, is somewhat more complicated.

Posted 17 Sep 2020 07:41 in Victoria by NimbleJack

VLocity design is set in stone. Nine three-car broad-gauge sets of the 2018 model will enter service over the next few months. Then will come six standard-gauge sets in 2022. Finally, there will be a  ...

Posted 16 Sep 2020 23:28 in Victoria by NimbleJack

Calm down.

There will be no broad-gauge four-car VLocity sets, because the infrastructure simply isn't set up for them. You would need to change signals, points, maintenance facilities, fuel bays a ...

The flat junction at Deer Park was a terrible, short-sighted mistake. Until it's fixed, there's little benefit in quadding the tracks or trying to stuff more trains in. BLU will stretch that section b ...

V/Line is the cockroach in Metrol's cake batter. Gippsland trains, with the boundary interface at Pakenham East, irregular stopping patterns, and the mess they stir up between Spencer Street and Richm ...

MTM has been quietly pushing to banish V/Line from its tracks for years. It makes perfect operational sense. Gippland's time will come around the middle of the decade.

Ultimately, Gippsland passeng ...

Elections in Gippsland aren't won or lost (or even made slightly competitive) on the back of public transport policy.

Mark my words: six years hence, most up V/Line Gippsland services will be termi ...

Lockie, thanks for the effort you put into your post.

I don't agree with you that the state Gippsland rail services will have much influence on the fate of electoral seats. The operational benefits ...

By mostly restricting V/Line trains to the stretch between Traralgon and Pakenham, you can effectively double the frequency of Gippsland services without spending a penny on extra drivers or rolling s ...

Over the coming years, most Gippsland services will terminate at Pakenham for a cross-platform interchange with Metro trains. V/Line trains won't really be an issue at Flinders Street.

Posted 23 Aug 2020 18:44 in Victoria by NimbleJack

Let's all hope that wheezing piece of junk never returns to mainline service.

I'm pretty sure it's destined for heritage use. Maybe they're just blowing some of the soot out.

The big issue with storing rolling stock beyond Geelong, of course, is that if something happens to South Geelong tunnel - single-track, ancient and crumbling - you've lost a significant portion of yo ...

Posted 18 Jul 2020 10:21 in Victoria by NimbleJack

VLocitys are rated to 210 km/h, but the current transmissions are only good for around 180 km/h.

Given that your average Melbourne to Bendigo service spends well under 10 minutes at 160 km/h, it wo ...

Posted 15 Jul 2020 14:46 in Victoria by NimbleJack

"Same deal on Gippsland (North line) and the Seymour line.'

Posted 15 Jul 2020 13:16 in Victoria by NimbleJack

"[color=#000000][size=2][font=Roboto, wf_SegoeUI, "Segoe UI", Segoe, "Segoe WP", Tahoma, Verdana, Arial, sans-serif]the East line from Sunbury-Kyneton is actually 130kph for Vlocities and Sprinters wh ...

Posted 14 Jul 2020 23:17 in Victoria by NimbleJack

[quote=BrentonGolding]The low hanging fruit would be to add one or 2 new tracks from Down end of St Albans to either Keilor Plains or over the road and beyond to WG. From there there is plenty of spac ...

Posted 24 Dec 2019 22:32 in Victoria by NimbleJack

[quote=Gman_86][b][i]2. How likely is it that there will be an accident or breakdown on that very specific section of new double track that would then make the old alignment useful? [/i][/b]

I wouldn ...

[quote=kuldalai]1. Inter City sets with greater provision for luggage space, wider seats, and catering facilities and Inter urban as now strictly for the Commuter runs.

2. Then a Warrnambool ...

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I'm afraid you'll be getting used to 'those velocities on the Albury service' as that's whats coming along, for sure, definitely and without hesitation.

However they may hav ...

[quote=Lockspike][quote][quote]Where will all this new population be housed?

More urban sprawl swallowing up farmland. More near identical estates popping up. Just let it grow and forget the conse ...

[quote=The Vinelander][quote]At this stage, plans are for six SG long-haul VLocity sets,. Three cars with improved seats and a buffet module is the likeliest configuration. Don't expect to see them be ...

There's been a few rumours about that the first one is basically a botched job that won't see revenue service. No idea how true or not, but explains some of the delays.
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There are ...

At this stage, plans are for six SG long-haul VLocity sets,. Three cars with improved seats and a buffet module is the likeliest configuration. Don't expect to see them before 2021.

Personally, I'd ...

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