New Car Set FN3 and other V/Line fleet changes

 
  SN7 Chief Commissioner

Further to last weeks post of the creation of new car set FN 18 - another FN set was released from Newport Workshops today, comprising ACN9 BRN 47 BN 8 & BTN 254.
This almost brings into line the requirement to create 12 FN sets as part of the new V/Line timetable and to cater for increased passenger loading.

A further FN Set FN 5 will be the next one created  with ACN 15 BRN 40 BN 13 and BZN 252 - Of which BZN 252 will be painted in the new corporate livery.

Car BTN 254 in theory should be the last carriage to be repainted in the red livery.

Car Sets N 3 & N 4 will remain as three car sets.

Car set N 16 "may"  become FN 16 with the addition of rebuilt car BZN 267.

Car BCZ 257 will become history on entry to traffic of car BZN 252 and car BCZ 262 will disappear when BZN 267 enters service - the last remaining BCZ car BCZ  259 will remain in traffic as a spare car until BZN 262 is released in earlly next year.

Car sets FN 14 & VN 12 are presently at Newport being overhauled , repainted and fitted with power closing doors. The last car from VN12 (BTN 268) was transferred with N 3 .

Hope this info is of use.

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  VRfan Moderator

Location: In front of my computer :-p
Just out of interest, how many 3 car N sets are left?
  SN7 Chief Commissioner

At the moment there are three which will be N 13 - N4 and N 16 then if N16 becomes a FN set that will only leave 2 , N 13 & N4 which are both not yet fitted with power closing doors.
  vlocity160 V/Gunzel

Great info mate. Much appreciated Smile
  vlocity160 V/Gunzel

Can I ask why were cars ACN 9 and BN 8 withdrawn from N3 while BRN 47 was taken from FN19? Sounds to me it would make more sense to take all cars from N3 then just add the BZN on that  Confused
  SN7 Chief Commissioner

BRN 47 was always part of N3 - BRN 56 is in FN 19.

The full N set went to Newport with carriage BTN 268 and returned as FN 3 with BTN 254.
  SN7 Chief Commissioner

Also for the record FN 3 will make its first  run in this form on the 1833 Shepparton tonight.
  vlocity160 V/Gunzel

BRN 47 was always part of N3 - BRN 56 is in FN 19.
"SN7"
Agh ok. The information of Vicsig must be incorrect than.
  wongm GEEWONG

Location: Geelong, Victoria
Set 18 emerged as VN18 from the paint shop originally. The 'V' has been removed and the cheap as smeg stick on letters used to add the 'F'. (VSH29 has the cheap letters as well):
[img]http://images.fotopic.net/yq9hae.jpg[/img]

And BZN258 - no different to any other bar extra power door mods:
[img]http://images.fotopic.net/yq9ha9.jpg[/img]

I have noticed the 3 cars of VN18 and BZN258 were the first cars to get an extra set of indicator lights for the power door system. There used to be just a green light outside that lit up when doors released, and an internal red one one the roof above each door when the doors were locked. These new sets also have a red LED array next to the door handle - I think it is green when the doors are released.
  vlocity160 V/Gunzel

Thanks for sharing. Great work Marcus.
  wongm GEEWONG

Location: Geelong, Victoria
I forgot to add - BZN258 retains the old-schoo